whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown body with a thin, sudsy tan head. Smells like banana bread and milk chocolate with some sharp alcohol notes. Flavor continues the banana bread theme. The combination of yeasty esters and sweet dark malt also reminds me of fruit cake. A decent, but strange beer.
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, smoke, raisins, roast and alcohol. Taste of chocolate, with a dry roastiness, light hops, and faint alcohol in the finish.
BBB63 (6235) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle provided by Wolhfs and served in my other Expedition snifter, stoutie rating #500!:
Pours a black hue with a large frothy light brown head and left spotty lace in it’s wake. The aroma has notes of molasses, chocolate and burnt malting, hints of grapefruit and currants, cashew and dusty yeast esters. The taste is sweet and fruity at first before a mild espresso and charred character takes over. Strange acidic nature runs throughout the beer never allowing it to become overly sweet or cloy. I picked up some liquorice undertone as well. The feel is lively and sharp, thin yet oily with a bit of a astrengent dryness to the finish (but nothing like the Black Sun I had moments before), very moderate alcohol presence.
Have they tinkered with the recipe, because it is much better than most of the reviews before March of 2005? I dig it even if it is not a heavy rich impy, dangerously drinkable at 10+ ABV. Worthy enough for my milestone stoutie rating.
pinkzambia (1544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Bottle: Dark brew with mocha aromas and a fluffy light brown head. I also noticed the high alcohol in the aromas as well as the taste. Other flavors were grapes, alcohol along with a "warm" taset and a creamy feel. The carbonation was higher than I prefer and the prolonged aftertaste was better than the actual drinking of it. Not bad.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from LarryPitonka. Black in color with a pleasant sized light brown head. Fantastic lacing is left behind. Aroma is sweet with deeply roasted grain notes throughout. Plenty of cream, chocolate and coffe presence. Full bodied with a lower carbonation level. Slight biting acidity, coffee and cream flavors. Some chocolate and a more than ample hop bitterness are present in taste also. Nicely done.
IndianaRed (2647) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours nearly black with a very large thick dark tan head. Fairly sweet dark raost and vanilla aromas with a little astringent or sour note as well. Flavor is a quite strong smokey charcoaly flavor. Feel is not particularly thick but sems quite smooth and slick. Nice campfire aftertaste. This was in storage under questionable temperatures for several months so I may likely rerate w/ a fresh bttle soon
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a dark brown body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. It’s sweet yet roasty with notes of licorice, coffee and alcohol. Full bodied, tingly and slighlty dry.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured the color of a shaded shadow enclosed with dark tan froth. Burly coffee aroma bursting with roasty dry grainy fumes..pungent coffee flavors with tart chocolate malt & firm background bitterness. Full body, dry, and warm...this is a nice change, for its an interesting take on Imperial Stout with loads of grainy fresh ground coffee notes
3fourths (8298) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Horribly biting hoppy and smoky essence... really hard to digest... biting everywhere... acidic, tough to swallow... has some decent cream and smoky malt aroma, and some regular smoky chocolate flavor, but the thing that drives me away is the harsh, acidic texture and mouthfeel. Too much.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, thin white head. Little aroma at first, but as it warms it starts to show caramel, molasses, soy, licorice and roasted barley. Very sweet sticky malts up front, treacle, molasses, lots of roasted barley and a long bitter finish. As it warms, this really comes together, licorice, raisin, plum, and a shot of alcoholic heat. Nicely done.