Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled version, thanks to whoever brought this to the Strong Ale Fest. Aroma of dark cocoa, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate sweetness, toffee and just a touch of hop. Opaque black in color with a fine head. Flavor features more strong dark chocolate, espresso, smoky grains, brown sugar/toffee and molasses, overall quite sugary. Syrupy and thick on the palate, almost viscous, body is of course very full. Good stuff to be sure, but far from the best example of the style in my opinion as it is pretty one-sided. The residual sugars utterly bury whatever amount of hops got this to 85 IBUs.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle. Chocolaty sweet, kind of like a beer float. Great density and consistency, very smooth. Taste is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, and bread. Not unusual tastes, but a great arrangement of them. But really the feel of the stout is best part.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, there were several bottles of this and I am not sure who provided the one that got opened, but thanks! Thick black pour with a nice creamy brown head. Lots of roasted malt, grain and coffee in the aroma, along with a touch of fruit, chocolate and hops. Flavor is complex and fantastic. Big and roasty but not overpowering the fruit or the nice hoppy finish. Truly a wonderful impy stout!
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle, tasting at The Bruery. An excellent R.I.S. reminiscent of Dark Lord more than anything else. Black, thick, and oily with a roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Flavor is excellent: roasted malts, coffee, cherries, raisins, other dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate. Complex, as you can tell based on the last sentence. Sweet and syrupy with low carbonation. I strongly approve.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow popped a bottle last night for GBS#169 and wow all I can say is try this beer. The flavors just keep coming. Creamy smooth desert stout with fudge chocolate goodness.Dark Lord bow down to the Darkness. This is hands down one of the best stouts I have ever tasted! Alcohol well hidden and dangerously drinkable. This is a must try for any beer connoisseur!
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Daknole thank you Dak. Pitch black, tan head. Robust deep black chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Perfectly velvet palate slides right down. Gorgeous sweetness rounds out the finish, and lingering coffee is pure, unadulterated and sophisticated. Definitely a superlative beer worthy of accolades.
Oakes (15622) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty close to black. Aroma of milk chocolate, light hazelnut and really smooth espresso (think Epic pulled from a Synesso). Sweet, sugary with a rich Turkish coffee accent. The body is heavy but silky. Nice brew.
dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle(s) from Surly Darkness Day. Pours pitch black with a dark tan head; very thick head, I could eat it by the spoonful. Nose is chocolate, citrus, inviting. The mouthfeel is absurd; pure motor oil, so thick I could swear I could chew it. Now the taste is just as unbelievable; rich chocolate, sweet citrus, some coffee, finishes with a minute hint of alcohol. Highly highly recommended beer, one of my all time favorites.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. If the Westvleteren monks made an imp stout this would be it. Palate like silk (seriously, the only palate i can compare this to is Westy 12.) Can’t believe the rating has dropped some lately- as much as i love the Expedition this edges it out. Usually an IS has a bit too much coffee or a bit too much molasses or a bit too much of everything but this is beautifully balanced. Everything you want without going overboard. Mmmmm... black sugar. I’ll stop typing because i can’t do it justice.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by illinismitty @ the Barrios tasting. Poured very dark with a creamy tan head that had a thin layer last and spotty lacing. Awesome mix of citrus hops and chocolate malts in the aroma. The flavor had milk chocolate, light roast and citrus hops. Full body, creamy, sweet yet bitter in the aftertaste, complex. Awesome!