CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an extremely dark black from 12 oz can, forming dark brown head of foam. Aroma dark chocolates, deep roasted malts, hops and raw expresso beans. Flavour of much of the same, ABV well hidden in sweetness and bitter balance, the beer is very smooth, very quaffable. Would be drank in big quantities on tap, in the presence of of good friends and family. Superb beer, simply superb beer!
Thanks DrBayern (Yo Matt!), for the complimentary can of beer!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2008 12oz can,courtesy of Swolf3. Extremeley dark pour, dark brown head. Malty aroma. Nice roasty flavor, not bad. EDIT: had this again and it was fantastic.
swanmann (676) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The can pours impenetrable dark chocolate color with about an inch of slightly orange hued, tan froth; settling after about a minute. Extremely thick, it poured pretty much straight down, no arch. Smells of a bit of alcohol, and sort of like someone threw cocoa beans on a camp fire. It tastes like someone melted a bar of bittersweet chocolate, and that’s delicious by me. Served cold, dangerously drinkable. As it warms, I feel like the carb can’t quite hold it up, but don’t be afraid. I think the sweet and bitter are very well balanced considering the "size" of this brew.
Fin (8573) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at the Orsted cafe/bar, Kobenhaven 13-09-08 Poured very, very dark actually lets not bat about the bush its black with a brown head Quite bitter in the mouth and yet also rather creamy, some nice nuttiness to this, very likeable.
Haslinger (886) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can courtesy of Zinister. Thanks. Pours is so dark. Black is the right word. This beer smells incredible. The taste is very smooth and it tastes like you have almost a solid in your mouth this one is so thick. Very chocolatey and malty. This is is a great beer. I would buy this again soon. I cannot believe this is 98 IBUS
valpoaj (663) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can courtesy notalush - thanks Brandon! Something made me want to drink this out of the can, but for the purposes of rating properly, it was poured into a glass, and I must say, there’s a certain flair of pouring something this thick from a can...I feel I should be in my garage doing something like this! Anyways, pours black with thin tan head. Aroma does not go too far, but is full of malty and coffee aromas, and can be best described as ’sweet’. Flavor is very good, albeit bordering on too sweet...extremely lactic, full of caramel malt and chocolate, a hint of coffee and some oatmeal. High level of drinkability on this one, and the texture is just about spot on...some creaminess/oiliness, but not overly so. A nice offering!
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I likey... I drank this too fast to even sit there and contemplate all of its qualities, which are many. I’ll have to drink more and concentrate next time... yummy. Wait for the write up later.... LOL. But seriously, just like the Old Chub, these beers are just too easy to drink. I remember that it is pitch black, the flavor is a balance between the bitter chocolate coffee espresso and oatmeal stout like creaminess, palate is velvety and finish is dry sweet, just right for me.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of coffee, roasted malt. Tastes overly sweet with some lactic qualities. I’m not seeing what others are seeing in this I guess.
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured from 12oz can. Pours a dark dark brown with one of the darkest heads I’ve ever seen. Rich aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some molasses. Flavor is very, very rich, reminding me of a dense chocolate-espresso lava cake. This was absolutely delicious. Palate is thick and full bodied with almost no carbonation. Notes of roasts, espresso, chocolate, hops, and darkness. Finishes on a deep bitter chocolate/charcoal note that was supremely tasty. Right up there with the top impy stouts I’ve tried.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is thick malty with notes of chocolate and some alcohols. Appearance is black/opaque with a nice brown head with nice legs. Flavor is dominated by a heavy chocolate and cocoa flavor. I get licorice taste. Some hot tasting fuols are still preset. Overall this huge impy stout has a very nice overall taste that is very smooth and drinkable. Held back some points due to the remaining hot fusels.