IndianaRed (3420) - 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 (8962) - 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 (9169) - 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.
Oakes (14668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown colour. Big aroma - chewy, rich, thick maltiness like a side of roast beef and a burnt fruitcake. A little raw, uncouth, with mass toffee and bludgeoning chewy maltiness. Same big, straightforward brute I remember from ten years ago.
JFGrind (1968) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled the same bottle as hopdog from EDA. It was the first beer of the night for me and I was already out to a bad start. Looked great and had an excellent roasted coffee aroma. After a few sips all I could taste was lime. Not fruit, not roasted malts, just lime.
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2005
1.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Sample from EDA. Poured a dark black color with a small tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. So far so good. With high hopes, I took my first sip. What the heck was that. Maybe my taste buds were playing tricks on me. I better quickly take another sip. Terrible tastes of lemons and limes. Very sour. I took one more sip and the rest of my glass went into the drain. Bad bottle? I’ll give this beer another chance if I ever have the opportunity to try it again, but felt it was my duty to rate it as is.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting, and gets much better as it warms.
Pours pitch black with a great beige head but little lacing.
Aroma is of coffee, dark fruits, and smoky malt.
Flavor echoes the scent, but it a bit on the alcoholic side. It’s complex as well. Strong apricot and raisin taste as well as coffee/caramel.
Palate is astrengent from the alcohol, but it has a nice mineral feel that offsets it. Overall, it’s a great offering and worth seeking out.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s no wonder that I found this beer to be so overpowering in the alchohol category, look at the damn percentage! Other than the alchohol, I found the beer to be chock full of a vinous quality like that of kalamata olives and bitter bitter chocolate. This ultimately lead the beer down a far too one-dimensional path that was never kind on the palate and even less so in the finish. This could definitely use some mellowing out, or perhaps a more pronounced malt profile and less alchohol.