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Midnight black color and rich dark-roasted aroma. Specially blended hops combine with flaked unmalted barley to give this brew a full body and a dense creamy head. All elements combine in a solid, lingering finish.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Didn’t quite live up to the expectataions. Very dark but not very burnt or heavy in palete. Strong alcohol and chocolate notes. A good stout, don’t get me wrong, but it just didn’t seem to have that complex of a taste to it. Maybe I need to try it again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Nitro pour at Pelican in June 2003
Black. This thing takes forever to warm to correct drinking temperature... I had to have a couple inbetween ordering it and tasting it. Very creamy and chocolate aroma. Smoked wood and fried fruit. Very carbonated, rich cofee and smoked wood profile. Like drinking semi-sweet chocolate. Excellent texture.

Bottle rating is lower: around a 3.7-3.8

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Rosty malt aroma. Dry. Decent carbonation. Dark mocha head form, but bubbles are big and it dissipates quickly. Nearly opaque black in color. Definite roasted malt profile, but hops are also very pronounced in this beer. A bigger hop profile than I would have expected. A dry stout with a west coast hop approach. Not an Imperial Stout, but not bad either.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Sixteen beers tasted this night and so many of them fell into the category of looking good, smelling good, but not tasing as good. This was one. Jet black with a dark tan head was visually appealing. The nose was coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, fruit. Complex and satisfying. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. But the taste was mediocre. All those good essences seemed to result in an unremarkable, average stout flavor. Good but certainly not exceptional.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2004
Tap@Pelican Brewpub. Quite sweet. Roasted coffee, rich chocolate and anise, good balance and decent length, nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Dark brown pour. Good head retention. Nice roasted nose. Very solid dry stout. Dark roast coffee bitterness. Bitter chocolate. Excellent rendition.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3802) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Notes of early November. Big and very roasted aroma with a vinyl rain poncho smell there too. 100% opaque. Palate the fine but not distinguished. I have a few doubts, but mostly pretty good and certainly worth acquiring.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Opaque black with a medium kahki head. Roasty, cocoa aroma with some nice notes of licorice. Dry and roasty, some dark fruity notes. Roasted coffe bean flavor in the finish as well as some licorice. Solid stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Poured a dark black color with a smaller dark brown (almost reddish) head. Aromas and tastes of roasted matls and chocolate. Lightly bitter coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Pours with a creamy, dense, three-finger thick, full, milk chocolate colored head. The beer is a pitch black color, nice and opaque. The aroma is acidic up front; redolent of ample dark malts. Rich notes of dark chocolate, espresso beans dominate afterwards with sharp, burnt astringent grain husk notes in the finish, that aren’t nearly as harsh as it might seem. Actually the finish is quite nice, the overall aroma is quite warm and inviting.

The taste has a sweet chocolate note to it up front, which is quickly dominated by an ample roast character that reminds me of chicory, and black coffee. The beer has a nice palate fullness to it; coating but not cloying, just thick enough that the contemplation of the upcoming 22oz bottle is not too overwhelming. The beer finishes with a burnt acidity that actually tends to keep this Imperial Stout a bit lighter than it otherwise would be. This is pretty light on the hops, at least for this type of beer; there is a bit of bitterness just noticeable under all the dark malts (which means there is probably quite a bit), but not much in the way of any flavor hop additions. This lets this beer focus on the malt, which in this case is mostly the dark malts.

This beer is quite tasty, but it could definitely use a bit more general malt character; a bit thicker and maltier would make this beer a bit more balanced, but then it would be a bit harder to get through a 22oz bottle. As this beer warms up a bit it gains a bit more fullness in the mouth, and correspondingly a bit more malt character. It could still use a bit more, but it is a bit more balanced than it first was when it was 50*F.


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