jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep dark black with a big creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet and nutty with some coffee and chocolate notes. Flavor is sweet chocolate with coffee, bitter nuts, and some hops. Man o man this is good stuff. The body is full and creamy and really coats the teeth. A very nice lingering flavor. Truly a world class beer.
egajdzis (5305) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured mostly opaque black with red edges and a huge tan head and nice lacing. Mildly metallic coffee aroma. Dark fruits, chocolate coffee, and bitter hops in the taste. Some smoke was also recognized. I think I was expecting too much from this, but it was a beautiful beer regradless, my expectations were just set way too high.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sweet smelling coffee and chocolate flavors accented by earthy/peet scents.
Appearance: deep, dark chocolate color with tan head.
Flavor: a bit light. overall, good flavors of chocolate and coffee as well as a marked earthiness again.
Palate: very smooth and creamy. aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate with a residual that remains on your tongue well after the taste.
Overall: quite good. would fight michael for more.
3fourths (7978) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a dark brown head. Nose of smoked malts and burnt wood, licorice and rich, dark chocolate with a light essence of french roast coffee. Very thick and robust chocolate and coffee flavor, with a slight addition of smoke... similar to the imperial stout style. Dangerously drinkable... a little tobacco mixed in the chocolate for a pleasent finish. I want more!
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow... damn good stuff... like a trainload of Doppelbock and another trainload of Imperial stout collided!!!!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2004 Black pour with a brown, bubbly head. Tinny nose. Wait, the head is just about gone, damn. Smokey and chocolate tastes but the mouth is a little thin. You can definatly taste the high alcohol in this. Tastes like it came from a can.
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, what a presentation ... thick black beer with a dark tan solid head, like I'd dropped a scoop of coffee ice cream into it. The beer is elegantly creamy, wonderfully roasty, lightly hopped with a light sweet finish. This is the best porter I've ever had.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 A stiff brown froth rests on a lightly translucent black beer. Muscular aroma of chocolate, treacle and molasses upfront, complemented by dates and figs. The creamily sweet flavour is kept in check by a gentle roast and hop bitterness long aftertaste of anise and coffee. Creamy and viscous, bustling carbonation fends off stagnation.
Decadent and quaffable, a dangerous but enjoyable combination.
33cl bottle, best before 13 February 2009.
33 cL bottle, snifter. Chocolate, figs and caramel play first fiddle in this brew. There is a strong supporting cast of cranberries, cherries and a soft alcohol touch. Deep black, stout-like, body with a great tan head. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. All the aromas transpose nicely to the flavor. Medium-heavy body, creamy/oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: I’d love to have another couple bottles to enjoy. [thanks Probiere]
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one had a collaboration of styles going on with this one. It takes you in many different directions, but you really must let this one warm up before you can truly appreciate it flavors. Dark tawny brown color, with a big rocky head. The aroma is fruity, with lots of plums, figs and prunes in the taste. The aroma and the flavor also have a bit of fresh baked bread yeastiness. A bit watery at times, but as it warms, you can pick out some nice roasted chocolate flavors as well. Not a bad outing.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color; big, creamy head. Aroma of malt, yoghourt, sweet. Good body strength, a bit oily, roasted malts, light liquorice, light paperboard. Bitterness given most of all by the roasted malt.