ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black colour with a small dark brown head. Roasted, light coffee bitter aroma with a sweetness from dark fruits and alcohol. Roasted malty flavor with coffee bitter notes amd a light chocolate sweetness. Roasted and light alcohol sweet finish.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just like a RIS should look. Jet black body with a thich dark mocha head. It seems pretty rare to see a head like this on a beer with this much ABV.
Tons of chocolate, tons of coffee, and tons of roasted malt. It is pretty sweet smelling in both the literal and metaphorical senses. There is another aroma in there that I think might be maple syrup but I canít be sure.
BAM!!! Huge flavor blasts from this one. It is slightly bitter and the primary flavor is dark chocolate. It reminds me of those 90% cocoa chocolate bars. There is some coffee hiding in the background and it is pretty smooth.
The body isnít as heavy as it sounds but itís still on the heavier side. This is a great beer and Iím glad they finally decided to can it.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by theisti. Pours inky black with a small mocha head that recedes leaving patch, creamy lace. This is the blackest beer that Iíve ever seen. Even the stream that pours from the can to the glass is black as coal. The nose is of huge chicory coffee and cocoa, almost like a blend of jamocha and chocolate ice creams. Full-bodied and slick with roasty and lightly bitter finish. The flavor, for the most part, follows the nose: big roasted coffee and malt with a mild earthy hop finish. The amount of malt needed to counter the 98 IBUs that this beer is packing has to be huge, because this is one big, malty brew. Thanks a ton for sharing this one with me, Tim.
theisti (3349) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 12 oz. can from Dansting, shared with Gregis. This was the 2007 version, tasted side by side with a 2005 DFH WWS. Pour is jet black with a beautiful 1/2 inch khaki head that remains for quite awhile. This is a sight to behold, really stunning. Aroma of boldly roasted coffee and some bright hoppiness. Thereís also sweet cocoa malt and some dried fruit (fig?) in the nose as well. Taste is really big, get the coffee - just a big blast of dark roast joe. Some burnt wood taste in there as well. The palate isntít nearly as full bodied as I wood have expected, actually more medium than full. The cocoa sweetness is revealed in the taste as well. Finish is a nice hop bitterness. At the very end of this one, I got just an inkling of alcohol heat. Really nicely put together beer, though the coffee is just enormous, a bit much for me. Loved the beer, just that the over the top coffee probably keeps this from being a 4.5-4.6 kind of beer.
Side by side impressions: wow, these are two totally different beers. The Ten FIDY was really big and bold in the pour and the aroma, and the DFH was huge in the flavor. Hard to say which I enjoyed more, they were both great, but for really different reasons. Where the Ten FIDY is just overwhelming coffee, the WWS is almost like a nip of booze, just so big and complex. Not sure I learned anything by doing these side by side, but it was fun! Thanks a million Dan.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz can served in a brandy snifter. Deep, opaque black. Fine bubbled, dark tan head. Initial slightly metallic aroma, then fruit, some portlike aromas and alcohol. Full bodied, massive beer. Deep malty profile with lots of roasted barley. A very dry cocoa flavor. Plenty of hop bitterness in the middle. Warming alcohol. Long dry finish with chocolate.
Very solid imperial stout.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. it has a very black color with a medium head. the aroma is very much dark fruits. it is very thick in consis. the taste is also dark fruits. very rich in flavor.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz can. Pitch black with large burnt brown head. Dark roasted malt is strongest with only the slightest hop aroma. Flavor slight sweet roast with smokiness,dark chocolate, great. Medium to full body with nice carbonation. Very nice overall.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had a few of these and I say how did this fall out of the top 50? Take a bunch
of melted chocolate, toss in some freshly made oatmeal let it blend for a while and give íer a squirt of grapefruit.
Well-la.. instant breakfast with a kick.
Seriously, this was a wonderful thick and rich beer. I had this hand bottled.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, thanks to after4ever. Pours opaque black with a lacy brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, tar. Semi-sweet chocolate taste. Dry espresso finish with a bit of pine, a bit of chalk.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 11-6-07 can.
Oatmeal, nutty malt chocolate aroma. Bitterness screams from the thick and heavy texture. Thickest beer Iíve ever had. Pours like motor oil with fantastic head and lacing. It leaves a semi-sweet bakerís chocolate taste in the mouth. Takes a few sips for the mouth to adjust. A smidge drying but worth every second. Wish I could stock the fridge with this one - a winner for me!