eaglefan538 (2918) - 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 I’m 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. I’m not picking up the licorice this time but everything else still plays about the same. A very solid beer.
Oakes (13156) - 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 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, 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 I’ve ever tasted. Thanks, Kevin.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light chocolate aroma from the start. Would love to get a full can of this, or a bunch of them. Nice full cocoa flavor which is nice and thick.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Totally black with mocha colored head. Aroma is light with some herbal hops presence and light chocolate. The flavor is dominated by chocolate with hoppy hints, roastiness and a bit of coffee, leading to an ultra dry finish. Excellent balance and very high drinkability for such a strong beer.
Dedollewaitor (14336) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl can. (price = 10 us dollars) Pours mega black with a creamy dark brown lasting & creamy head. WAUW. Aroma is heavy roastec- caramel, coffee & chocolate.
Smooth & filling mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation. Oily & sticky palate. Hops is only slightly noticeable. Overall very nice!
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canned. Quite black coloured with a brown head. Chocolate and dark malts in the aroma Also some hops. Sweetish roasty chocolate flavour with a dry roasty and hop bitter finish. Medium to full bodied.