fordest (2016) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle. Definitley the darkest, blackest beer I have ever poured. The almost no head was even pretty dark coming in at cappuccino brown. But it was much smaller (almost non-existant) than I had expected from a stout, and left no lacing to speak of. The first aroma that hit me was Black Licorice then some roasted coffee. The coffee is intensified and joined by some roastiness and chocolate in the flavor. The Alcohol is pretty well hidden while the tempurature is below the suggested serving level, but becomes more apparent as it warms. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a yellow head. aroma from black currant and dark chocolate. Quite bitter, slight yeasty flavour with notes of coffee. Medium to full bodied.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is lovely. Very powerful and sweet. Fruity aroma. The finish is very, very hoppy for a imperial stout. I love this combination. Fantastic beer.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. My wife messed up and erased all of my comments, which is a shame, because there was alot and they wery very tellling. So, I will give you only numbers, which is a shame because the description that mt wife erased was ver, very, very good.
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2014 Thought I’d pass the 200 mark in style. Blacker than black with a thin creamy, coffee coloured head. Roasted coffee notes on the nose, a touch subtle for the style. Palate weight is not heavy and again feels a touch light for the style. Shows excellent balance of roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol sweetness. Good finish with length and some bitterness. Not as thick or formidable as the spin on the back label would have you believe (but the beer is all the better for it). Amazingly balanced at 11% - perhaps the best high ABV beer I have ever consumed.
Tasted again at Stone Liberty Station as part of 40th birthday dinner. Slightly lower marks at 3.8.
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
vintage 2003. Black with allmost no head. Dark taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, dried fruits. Big dark aroma with notes of dark chocolate. Very nice stuff.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with red glints and no head to speak of. Aroma is dark fruit, bitter chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is espresso coffee, bitter chocolate, figs and dark rum. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this monster beer but it is by no means overpowering. Nicely done.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome pour, thick, jet black, creamy, with beautiful tan/reddish tinted head. Aroma is roasted malts with some licorice and expresso. Pallate is thick, and taste is creamy, chocolate, malty, impy stout goodness. tough to finish a bottle, because my stomach was full from dinner, though i definitely wasnt gonna pour any out.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black, motor-oil. Wonderful aroma: Coffee, licoroce, anise, slight chocolatey and dark berries. Flavour is big licoricey, bitter chocolate with notes of coffee and black currant. Enormously big mouthfeel, still quite rounded(I reckon this is a reasonably fresh bottle). Ultra-long finish.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. pours black with very slight dark brown head. full flavored with roasted malt and coffee. gets alot better as it warms up in temperature. a very good beer.