nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle shared by butters and OhioDad at C-Bus 6 thanks fellas! Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of booze and some coffee. Flavors of dark chocolate, light bitter coffee and roasted malt came through. SMooth mouthfeel...bitter/roasty finish. Now if only we could get this in cans.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand-bottle from TAR. The fill on the bottle was at least 2 weeks ago, likely more, so a good bit of oxidation has unfortunately set in. But, I had this on tap a few weeks ago too, and though I didn’t take notes, I can try to leverage my memory of the beer with this to more accurately access the brew.
Expected big chocolate espresso nose, nice compliments of vanilla and lactose. Taste is much sweeter, good lactic sourness backing up a dry cookies-n-cream milkshake blast. Sherry notes from the oxidation are present, though on tap I remember almost complete dryness, and more coffee, much more akin to the aroma. In fact, as this is now, the flavor is wildly different from the aroma, though both are quite nice. I’m amazed this is 98 IBUs, as I notice zero hop presence. I would’ve guessed, oh, 20-25. Huge thanks to TAR for the bottle... now I just wish I could write reviews as good as his.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottle. Black body. Smells like those salty beef bullion cubes and chocolate. Brown head, looks great. Big chocolate syrup and charred raisin flavor; good mouthfeel.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 12oz can, sample #7 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours a very dark brown color; oily, dark tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of chocolate, nougat, and creamy nuttiness in the aroma. Very chewy, creamy chocolate texture with some underlying nuttiness and tea-like malts; strong caramel maltiness underneath. Lengthy, burnt malt and dark chocolate finish. Generous, drinkable imperial stout with a solid hop character. 188.8.131.52.17=4.4.
12oz bottle, courtesy of SpringsLicker (via goldtwins). Thanks, guys! Pours an oily, black appearance; medium tan head with patchy lacing. Pleasant, marshmallow and roasted malt aroma; milk chocolate and vanilla as well. Full, oily mouthfeel: roasted marshmallow and burnt malts; vanilla, roasted malts, and nutty character. Long, roasted malt and milk chocolate finish: oily and slightly charred. Excellent. 184.108.40.206.18=4.4
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(handbottle, thanks kmweaver) Small brown head atop black body with brown edging. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, some earthy, roast, light grapefruit. Taste is mild sweet, roast, coffee, burnt, earthy, some dark chocolate. Quite bitter. Medium-full body, light creaminess and minimal alcohol.
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle from hopscotch - Thanks - This beer is so thick that it wont come out of the bottle, you have to call it for the black monster reveal itself. The blackest of black bodies I have ever seen with a quite big brown head falling a bit fast but staying creamy at the edge of the glass; The only friendly aspect of this beer is the nose, at first it reminds me very much of Ølfabrikken Porter but not when you look closer. Medium sized with lots of soft chocolate backed by a fair amount of freshly cut grassy and piney hop aromas (the chlorophyll is fitting); The body is huge in every way, the thickest and softest texture I have ever experienced with lots of bitterness; It moves violently into an even more bitter, and a dry bitterness that grows and grows till it seriously burns your throat in a scary way, HUGE, sherry-like alcohol takes shoots at you, deep dark almost burnt malt aromas. If you can talk about a beer being mean, this is the one. I have never tasted anything like it and seriously wouldn’t want to meet it in a dark alley. This beer is a super scary monster! It actually has a face and the Dark Lord looks friendly compared to it.
IrishBoy (3837) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle from goldtwins, shared by Odeed; my rating 999!!! Nose of coffee and chocolate; opaque black with cherry highlights and almost no head, flavor of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and some hop bitterness lasting to the finish. Tastes like a fairly standard imperial stout to me.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Consumed from a hand-bottled beer at the Pewaukee tasting. Incredibly dark,
rich super-fine creamy, dark tan head. Aroma of strong roasty malt. Slight
vinous character. Rich, roasty aroma. Medium heavy body. Sharp, crisp in its
character. Pleasant bitter finish.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(big thanks to goldtwins for this hand bottled top 50 brew)black body with a red outline around the glass.not much head at all.aroma was full and complex.i picked up chocolate,brownies,figs,raisins,coffee,and some smoke.flavor is very complex as well.everything i grabbed from the aroma plus some beef jerky thrown in.mouthfeel was medium and sticky.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this hand bottled brew poured very think, with a huge dark brown - black foamy head, and I was worried about carbonation so I drank it rather then save.. oh well. Nose was chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and cherries and/or dark fruit. Wow, the taste is complex to say the least. Rather full mouth feel, There was roasted chocolate coffee, with strong bitterness, but not in an over the top hoppines way. This was a very nice brew, wish I saved it to share, but I was afraid it would not keep. VERY BIG THANKS Hand bottled from Larry (goldtwins)
I am adding a sour cough medicne finish as this warmed a bit more.