KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I still cannot believe this came from a can! Pours black like oil with a tan brown head. Roasted malt and molasses/syrup on the nose. Syrupy flavor along with coffee and cocoa.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled numerous times most recently courtesy of Captain Cougar. Pours a thick opague black body with a pretty good sized, clingy, brown head. The flavors are big roast, with molasses and anise notes. The flavors are creamy milk chocolate, molasses, anise, mild coconut, subtle soy, and a big grapefruit finish that kinda lurks in the background until the creaminess subsides. Extremely dry aftertaste
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at PP bottle shop. Tim brought a can. Thanks Tim! Iíve been wanting to try this for a while. Pours thick like motor oil. Pitch black molasses syrupy appearance. Dark tan head of mixed bubbles that quickly fades away. Smells dry. Some roast in the aroma. Flavor is dry. Lots of chocolate roasty flavor. Mash at a higher temperature and youíve got one spectacular beer. Iím not a big fan of dry roastiness, but this is well done.
Stine (1464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Poured from a 12 oz. can. Velvety black with a succulent head of mocha brown. Rich aroma suggests licorice, honey, molasses, and wet leather further down. Hot, with a hoppy perfume waft. Flavor sinks in with red fruit syrup and lots of full roasted African coffee beans of the most approachable and decadent type; this effects a brusque and sophisticated tobacco tone along with the characteristic rawhide and bonfire. Full body is creamy with oat texture, softly carbonated and long lasting at the finish; brisket, and more red berry, slightly tart. Rings out with the right touch of hops to complement the foundation of rich malt; a well-made, stellar example. Thanks Brad! 8/4/8/4/16 4
Updated with a full sample. Pours with a thin chocolate syrup consistency; body dense and black. Aroma of red table wine and caramelized sugar, licorice and brown sugar biscuits, graham cracker curst and baking cocoa. Tropical hops. Rich and reserved. Flavor is quite burnt, ashy and acrid initially, like a burnt prune and a raw beet caked in soil. Hops seeming soapy. Settling down nicely as the palate softens to the burly acidity and bitterness of big coffee beans. Vanilla malt. Peppery shades of Shiraz. The details really unfold as that acridity eases out, and the fresh citric acids and juicy meat undertones create a lovely impression of marinated barbecue over sweet smoke. Awesome, and amazing how much development this shows over the full course. Palate is creamy, juicy, and vibrant, like a laid back Dark Lord in tone. Seemed so dry and oppressive with charcoal bitterness at first, but the quality of this example is pretty inescapable. Thanks Dean! 8/4/8/4/16 4
eaglefan538 (2850) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Holy cow, talk about a beer that beats expectations. Was gonna save this for later until I heard it will probably make its way to SL. In any event, thanks to CaptainCougar for this one. The pour was beautiful, nice black as night body, generous but not overdone brown colored head, steadily retained throughout consumption. The aroma was chocolate, some cocoa and milky twists, strong piney hops keeping things interesting. The flavor followed the aroma, firm lingering strong and long bitterness, well after the swallow, especially on the tongue. Excellent finish, lots of crispness / full attenuation to this sucker, the body is surprisingly airy light but full (almost like oatmeal was used to thin it a bit), nothing close to sticky about it. Gotta love an impy of this strength, quality, but non cloyingness. Was there any alcohol in there for real? Thanks much Tom, a wonderful treat. As of 7/08, re-rated a couple more times since the original, not much to add or change, a nice one, although it was slightly over-rated in the numbers, so I knocked it a couple notches.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Can via trade with drewbeerme. Pours pitch black and thick with a frothy tan head. Coffee and chocolate malt aroma but Iím surprised by how subtle it is. Tons of chocolate and a bit of bitter coffee. Slight licorice notes in the finish as it warms. Rather thin mouth feel and taste. Pretty bitter. A good beer but I expected to be blown away. I hope to re-rate this one.
Re-Rate. Can via tertons. Pitch black and thick with a frothy, chocolate colored head. Coffee and chocolate aromas. Coffee notes. Chocolaty with a dry bitterness. Iím not picking up the licorice this time but everything else still plays about the same. A very solid beer.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Inky black. Dark brown head. Rich chocolatey nose with hop, wood, hints of rich espresso. Flavour is way rich chocolate and roast, deep hoppiness and wood. Lots of bitterness. Burly but balanced.
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got my hands on this on a recent trip to CO.
Pours a rich black that oozes out of the can like motor oil(go Figure).Has a big mocha head that just gives a damn fine look.Flavor is sweet,with lots of chocolate,and some what like a sugar free kit kat bar if there is such a thing. Palate was thick warm and inviting reminds me of a Wisconsin women. Overall a great beer if you can get your hands on it I suggest you do!
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was my first IPS in a can and i was a little leary about this but boy was i surprised,it had a a thick dark creamy head with hints of coffee,malts and sweet chocolate,overall a very good beer and would drink all the time if available.CHEERS!
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can (Via Kevin/Nearly perfect 10 part deux). Poured pitch black, with a moderate sized brown head. Huge roasted chocolate malt aroma, with roasted coffee, liquorice, and some citrus in the background. Very thick, full bodied mouthfeel. Big burnt malt flavor; a bit smoky, with dark chocolate, cocoa powder and hops in the background. Long bittersweet chocolate finish with a hint of astringency. Very good stout, and certainly the best canned beer Iíve ever tasted. Thanks, Kevin.