Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Darkest black with a brown head. The aroma is of oak, dark roasted malt and a little smoky. The flavor is not too heavy but at the same time a little syrupy-like, which I like. I taste of chocolate and dark roasted malt. It is very complex. It is definitely reminiscent of a certain North Coast Brew, but I think this one is just a little better. I thought after tasting it, it is a imperial stout. I guess I do not care what they consider it, it is just too good. What a great beer!
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 Poured cold into the goblet, started with a sharp raw alcohol aroma, when warmed it became more chocolately and the wood character comes out. Jet black, heavy in the glass with a rich dark tan head. Some thick stubborn sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Charcoal, thick, burnt, sweet, smooth, gracious. Warming finish, thrilled to have this year round. 120611 A marked down bottle deserves a re-rate. Dark chocolate cookie nose, inky, little burnt sugar, some coffee. Well rounded nose. Still pours a dense mocha head like a champ. Heard this was no longer aged, or maybe not aged in bourbon barrels, or something. Either way this is a great beer. Toasty oak, dark chocolate, deeply warm, burst of coffee, toasty hazelnut, waves of dark mocha. Such an excellent year round value. Ashy tobacco.
Bov (11737) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of Kris Butler and Laurent Mousson - clear very dark coloured; no foam remaining; roasted chcolate aroma with notes of fresh apples and vanilla; oily and sticky, full-bodied and with a solid bitterness; dry and long solid bitterness with more chocolate and some robust hoppy notes coming through; late warming alcohol kick - rich, complex and with lot of character
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark, opaque black with no head even off a pretty firm pour. Nose is heavy with alcohol.Very slight roasted tones to it. Flavor is extremely robust with a roasted quality to it that is deep and clings to the palate. Unfortunately, that drops off to a thinner flavor, though there is still a strong lasting aftertaste. Feel is low on carbonation and bordering on syrup like. Overall a pretty good beer. I only wish the initial flavor profile would hold out a lot longer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark, small tan head. aroma is roasted malt, sweet. the finish is loaded with roasted malt bitterness that, for me, detracts from it. surprisingly light bodied.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich black color with creamy brown head. Chocolate and roasted malts on the nose with just the faintest hops. Vanilla, intense oak, roasted oatmeal, chocolate, and just the faintest bitterness at the end. Sweet and smooth.
robinvboyer (4064) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
650ml bottle from dsnowden! Wow, iím excited, thank you!
Pour BLACK, looks like an imperial stout. Soft beige head, nice lacing on the inside of my snifter. Aroma is smokey, and chocolatey. The hops come through, and add a nice dimension. There are also some coffee notes with some slight fruitness.......plums, and figs. Flavour is awesome! The hops are there, along with a wicked coffee taste, that finished with a great bitter chocolate that lasts forever. This is like liquid chocolate/coffee brownie, with hints of molasses. The mouthfeel is NUTS! Viscosity is dead on, this stuff is THICK. It just coats my mouth, after i swallow i can still feel the coating in the top of my mouth. The 10% is nowhere to be found, What an amazing beer, i canít find anything wrong with it.
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is very good and hard to classify in to any style. A black beer with a very thick pour. Almost no carbonation. Iím happy the bourbon is hidden and not there to ruin this fine beer. Lots of oak in the flavor, some very light smoke, bread, and a hint of coffee. Thick and heavy on the palate.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out black and thick, this beer has a small light brown head. Aroma is nice and sweet and chocolatey. The bourbon aroma is present and tingles the nose but is not overpowering at all. Coffee is nicely woven into the aroma mixing to be a sweet yet roasty experience. This is going to be something good. Wow, this tastes great! Ok first off there is a sweetness of chocolate deep, rich, and smooth. Then the slight kick of burbon add a whole new complex dynamic, this slowly blends into more of a coffee and roasted taste to round out the beer. The aftertaste is very roasty and warming. Damn, this is good. What an excellent beer my second from PIzza Port and this is just amazing. The alcohol is completley hidden and the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. I canít say more amazing things about this beer.
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like syrup, a brutally dark and coffee, imperial stoutish beer. Good to drink nice and slow and savor the flavor, not a pounder, thats for sure.