djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours out black with brown head. Notes of Roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Sweet with a littlle bite. Thick and complex The alcohol is present with slight bitter after taste.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pettyjohns. Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel with roasted malt all the way through, decent bitterness, definitely some saltiness and slight alcohol at the end. I prefer a creamier head on my imp. stouts, lacking a little in appearance. Overall a pretty decent beer.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Crosling. Pours black with decent tan head. Was really looking forward to this beer but I wasn’t impressed. Aroma of roast and baking chocolate that is surprisingly bitter. Slightly perceptible flavors of wood, brown sugar and roastiness get over-powered by a big hop character and alcohol. I think this was probably a fresh bottle... perhaps it needs a couple years for the hops to settle down a bit. Maybe I’ll try to obtain another to age for a couple years and rerate.
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 9, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
From bottle. Light aroma of smoked malt. Great black pour with light brown head. The beer is very smoky, and not well balanced in my opinion. My brewing friend tasted this one alongside me and agreed. Overly smoky. No malt balance. Needs more of the flavor from the dark belgian candi sugar. Maybe a good beer to age for 3-5 years?
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Nice roasted nose with lots of chocolate, dark fruit, and espresso as well as some alcohol. Great complex flavor of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso with some dark fruit, vanilla, brown sugar, and hops. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a long dark-roasted finish round out this big, complex beer.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Thick pour is completely opaque, small fizzy brown head that is louder and bubblier than you normal get from a stout like this. Chocolate aroma is obvious from a distance, and is very dark and sweet up close; also some coffee, some sweet fruit. Flavor is chocolate with some dark fruit and a bit of hoppiness. Thick and sticky, but slightly more carbonated than I would like for the style. 10% is well hidden.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Naven for a bottle of this. A very good impy stout. It would probably be really good if I could have been patient enough to let it age and mellow some before drinking it. , but none the less it was a really fine brew that just was hindered a little bit from being so fresh and hot...it kinda distracted from some flavors and other subtleties from standing out. Overall it was still very enjoyable.
kespecial (201) - - JAN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tremendous beer, if something of a palate wrecker. Huge aromas of chocolate, licorice, coffee, brown sugar. Sharp initial hop attack, followed by those flavors. A touch of booze, in a nice sipping way. Made to pair with dessert or as late night sipper.
SteveOrz85 (200) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured from big bottle into tulip. Huge tan head. Aroma of roasty malts. Dark dark brown/black appearance. Taste is good and roasty with maybe a hint of chocolate. medium body. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Sharp finish.
Overall an enjoyable stout.
o_Merlin_o (200) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap from the brewery in San Marcos. Awesome aroma of bourbon. Definite liquor taste. Tasty, although highly alcoholic. Slight coffee flavoring.