sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured into snifter pitch colored with a thin brown head. Aroma of molten chocolate cake, espresso and dark roasted, even slightly burnt hazelnuts. Sweet chocolate, dark roast coffee and molasses flavors with a permeating smoky charred leaf note. A bit of a pruney lactic tartness underneath as well as some good hop presence. An oily body leaves some syrupy stickiness on the lips. Gets kind of cloying after a while. If I had my druthers, I’d trade some of the sweetness for more roastiness, smoke and hop, but still a pretty good impy.
TomDecapolis (4231) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a bubbly/creamy deep tan head. Aroma of cherries, chocolate, some floral notes, molasses, hints of alcohol. Flavor was very roasty, dark chocolate, smoke, coffee, some chinook hop flavor, hop bitterness that help to balance. Just a very complex aroma and flavor...would age nicely as well.
sliffy (2037) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours black with an almost non existant tan head, too thick to leave any lacing. Aroma, rich chocolaty malts, roasted notes, oats, and coffee, some earthy notes from the hops. Flavor, big malty tones up front, roasty, oats, chocolate, a good deal of hops, that lend a nice bitterness to this beer, though it comes across as a roasty earthy tone. The mouthfeel is just decadent, rich and thick, and ever so smooth. This stuff is outstanding.
drewbeerme (3689) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, Fall 2007 vintage. thanks to shadey for this one. pours thick and black with very small tan head around the rim. nose is rather meaty (almost smokey), with dark fruits, and subtle chocolate and citrus notes. flavor is meaty with dark fruits, some roast, chocolate, nuts, and carmel. a nice piney and floral hop flavor too. alcohol is there but it’s not harsh and adds to the complexity. the finish is long. pretty chewy feel but sorta fizzy carbonation. not the most chocolatey/roasty/coffee driven like other great stouts but it does pack a unique taste and complexity.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured opaque black with a large creamy brown head.The aroma is fairly sweet and roasty with notes of coffee, black chocolate, citrus hops and some alcohol. Hints of smoke and ash. Big chocolate flavor with sweet roasted malt underneath. Hoppy finish with a nice alcohol warmth. Roasty and hop bitter finish. Full bodied and chewy. Like a chocolate milk shake. This beer is going to be even better in a few months. I will be saving some for sure.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Nice roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, oatmeal, and a little bit of chocolate in the finish. Nice smooth finish.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
delicious- huge beer without a boozy presence. I would prefer to have this beer when the weather is a little colder, but I don’t think a stout fan would have any complaints witht this one. Oatmeal lends to creamy mouthfeel, and the roasted chocalate/coffee flavors are not overpowering and well balanced. Well done.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a thick creamy tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, caramel, coffee. Flavor is huge chocolate, coffee, toffee, hints of floral hops. Palate is full bodied, medium to mild carbonation, finishes bitter. Thick and wholesome, a reall winner for sure.
Cartoonkhaki (1181) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!... Solid black brown body with thick tan toffee head. A sweet fine wine like aroma peers through the thick rosted chocolate malts. Flavour is a robust serving of sweet chocolate coffee malts and a very slight hint of alcohol... The alcohol is hidden very well and has a sweet thick oily body. This is a very very good beer.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 draft. pours oily black, 1/4 inch head faded to nothing. didn’t get a lot of aroma - some of the standard chocolate/coffee but quite light. the taste, however, is a different story. nice rich and creamy malt on first taste, followed by thick bitter sweet chocolate, light vanilla, a warm bite from the alcohol, and a fantastic tight carbonation that sits on the back end and rolls over your tongue as it goes down. oatmeal on exhale makes for a nice finish. while it was remarkably smooth, don’t be fooled - this is a monster stout. the alcohol blends in with the taste, but you can feel it in the palate. its definitely meant to be slowly sipped, and if you take it slow it is a very enjoyable drink. they were offering this in a 12 oz glass, but unfortunately i went for the 16. the last quarter was a struggle. got a bit syrupy toward the end. so, it’s a extremely well made brew for sure, but for me it is best enjoyed in small portions.