johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 12oz bottle. What a dark pour. Crisp carbonation, once that settles your palette is in for a complex beer. Deep, roasty coffee and bitter chocolate taste that lingers for a long time. You can tell this one has alcohol in it, but the 9% isn’t too noticeable.
xray (50) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not a big fan of stouts but this ain’t bad. Pours black with small beige head. Alcohol aroma. Suttle bunt chocolate taste with a tinge of alcohol.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. uh, this aroma is amazing! Big coffee presence and loads of roasted malts. pitch black with a small off-white head. The flavour is to die for, this is a big complex beer. Tons of bittersweet chocolate. velvetty-smooth texture. The roastiness lingers for a few minutes after drinking. This is a phenomenal beer. I’d sure like to get some more of this.
Thanks to mustang3 for the bottle!
jde123 (767) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic. Chock full of flavor, complex aroma leads to complex taste. Very black, coal black, definate chocolate and strong coffee flavor, very bold! Very nice, i need more of this one!
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on bottle thx. Dixen forthis one)Very good, complex brew. Nose is kind of siruppy andcoffee-sh, makes a nice impression of black pepper. The mouthfeel is different strong on roast, almost a bit like coal, wood and liquorice. The finish has good balanced alcohol in it, just enough. Keeps you warm this one.
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black color set off by tan head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, coffee, and fruit (raisin/plum?). Flavor is chocolate and roasted coffee. Alcohol subdued. Nice thick body. Long finsih on this complex beer. Brilliant!
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty much the darkest of the dark stouts. Very deep and complex but heavily dark/burnt flavored, which isn’t a bad thing. Dark chocolate, coffee dominate with some roasted malts hinting from behind. Rich/chewy texture with a light cocoa finish.
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black color with a brown head. There are already a lot of things going on with the aroma: coffe, chocolate, roasted malts, honey, alcohol, and maybe fruits as well. Full bodied, well balanced beer. Flavor is first on the coffee-chocolatey side with some sweet fruitiness that vanishes slowly, letting the bitterness building up (alcohol is present but not overwhelmingly). Really nice creamy/chewy texture. Nice finish that tastes like cocoa beans and virtually lasts forever. An excellent beer.
Katefan0 (5) - USA - OCT 31, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is TRULY a kingly beer. Pours black, black, but goes down extremely smooth. Powerful but sweet with a biting finish, full bodied, just excellent. Can’t say enough good about it.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black color, beautifull, thick light brown head. Seductive aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol vapors, maybe fruits. Strong, powerfull, assertive flavor of chocolate and rich roasted malt, maybe hops, bitter finish, the roastyness lasts almost as long as the Energizer bunny. The alcohol is not much present even if the content is 9%. Full body, slightly syrupy texture, a bit chunky too, medium carbonation. Yup, that hit the spot really well after a long, hard day of work. I had the chance to sample this beer at Le Mondial de la bière but drinking a whole bottle gives a better appreciation of the qualities of the beer, very intense and rich as promised by the commercial description.