johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a thick black with fluffy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and some hops. Good coffee flavor to start with some chocolate and vanilla hints. Finished with some smoke texture.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a single 12-oz bottle shared by brewfiend, pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick off-white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, chocolate a touch of alcohol and some vanilla. Taste is full bodied, thick, syrupy, with flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee and a touch of vanilla. Finish is slightly metalic from the high alcohol.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 22 oz. bottle - pours pure black with very bold aromas of smoky malts and alcohol; drinks strong and bitter and looking forward to letting my second bottle even out a little bit over the next few months
12/15/07 update - after a few months in the fridge....wow...same punch, new velvet touch
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 (11974) - 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 (4141) - 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.