Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the tap this gem pours an intensely dark brown but has little of any head. There’s alot to the aroma, coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts and barley, smoke, Bourbon, dark caramel, vanilla, dark dried fruits. It’s amazingly light yet very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Everything mentioned in the aroma appears in the flavor, all neatly merged into one tasty sipping beer. Interestingly, the strong ABV makes no appearance until the brew hits the bloodstream. Very well done and enjoyable.
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Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GTMW. Poured deep brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma picked up sweet chocolate and molasses with warm undertones.. very well presented. The flavor found sweet molasses throughout, along with lesser chocolate and vanilla. Heavier-bodied and sweet on the palate.. hid its alcohol well.. long, warm finish. Very good, but a hair shy of great.
MeadMe (1174) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pours dark brown with a tan head. Little retention or lace.
S: Tons of roast, borderline char. Hints of black strap molasses, chocolate, and espresso.
T: Roasty goodness in a bottle. Lots of over roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Hints of brown sugar sweetness and a bit of dark fruit as well.
M: On the fuller side of medium in body, pretty bold, smooth.
D: Not the easiest drinking even by big stout standards, but pretty solid overall.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice effort here...big ABV Imperial Stout with burnt caramel/toffee, deeply roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruits like dates and raisins. Very sweet and syrupy texture skates right on the edge of cloying, but never tips over that edge. Very well done on all levels.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Shoreline and served in a snifter. This beer poured a near black with a one-finger thick head of creamy, lasting tan foam. Some attractive lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of mild chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. The flavor consisted of strong notes of molasses and soy sauce. The soy sauce flavor covers up most of the roastiness and coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth and full-bodied with light carbonation. I really wanted to love this, but in the end I was a bit disappointed.
jezmez68 (374) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brewed and then aged in a bourbon barrel. On draft at the bar. Sam says there’s not much of this so I won’t be able to bring a Growler to Dark Lord Day 2007. Maybe I can steer a few people back here to try this.
Opaque. You can slightly smell the bourbon from the barrel. Not much of a head. Slight licorice taste, very nice palate. Doesn’t leave a massive aftertaste on your tongue, just a nice hoppy brush.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 RERATE (2nd Batch) 3.4 rating: Seems more fruity and has a bit of a diacetyl character on the nose. Currant, fig, prune, pipe tobacco, coffee, and roasted malt vapours (missing much of the chocolate from before). The taste is a bit more medicinal and not as rounded as before, sweet and syrupy with a molasses twang. -1 appearance, -1 aroma, -2 Flavor, +1 mouthfeel, -2 overall.
Original review (3.9 rating): Basically opaque with just a hint of ruby highlights topped by a thin beige foamy head, oily upon the glassware. The nose detects rich coffee, smoky black and chocolate malts, hint of prune, some grassy aromatics and a pinch of pipe tobacco. The taste is a combination of espresso flavors over rich sweet malt that as a major bittersweet cocoa kick. Found a nice layer of smoke and earthy qualities towards the finish and some light handed hop bitterness. The mouth feel is oily and lush but not a tongue coater, the alcohol is mostly well hidden. A very solid offering from Sam, to bad they would not sell me a growler. Gotta work on that...
railcat1 (672) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap .WOW my favorite style on tap and served in 10 ounce glasses.Great chocolate taste with hints of coffee but not overwhelming,alcohol well hidden and good till thge last drop.CHEERS
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured black with next to no head at all. Lots of cocoa and soy sauce aromas. Cocoa powder, charcoal, soy sauce, and a nice bitter edge in the flavor. Oily on the tongue. Very tasty brew.