pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 5-23-08 bottle shared by Miketd - the bestest guy in the world
Thick black pour with super creamy tan beige head. Spotted lacing. Smell is tobacco, meat, smoke, sweet malt, and hops. Flavor is nice malt and good hops are very present. Bold and surprisingly hoppy. Flavor actually gets better the more you drink. My tongue just begins to crave it. Mouthfeel is milder than I imagined - not super thick or creamy or oily. No present alcohol. Great hops presence - a wonderful balance. I heart Mikey!!
Ibrew2or3 (7146) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2012 750mL bottle number 176 (2007 Grim Reaper Vintage) acquired via a trade with the generous OSLO, thanks buddy.
Pours deep darkness with frothy creamy and bubbly mocha head. The aroma is mild with an above average load of pine hops mixing with roasty malts, a firm background of chocolate, musty dirty wood notes and mild alcohol warming on the tip of the nose. A creamy decadent mouthfeel ushers in the same notes picked up in the aroma with pine hop bitterness, rich creamy dark chocolate, dark roasty to burnt malts and rich dark fruity esters of sweet berries and faint tart berry fruitiness. Wow. The pine hop bitterness grows some into the finish to a decent level for the style but providing some balance to the rich roasty sweet malt goodness.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was waiting to get a chance at a bottle of this to re-rate, but I guess Iíll have to use my notes from GABF. Black pour with some tiny tanish bubbles. Aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit. This one is definately a sipper, bold flavors of coffee, sweet malt, chocolate, and some caramel. Not quite what I thought it was going to be.
lb4lb (2556) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge, huge thanks to miketd for his generousity in hauling this beer down to Texas and sharing it with us!! Iíve been looking forward to this one for many months.
Pours dark black with a short lived tan head. Smell is chocolately, some faint cake like sweetness and some really roasty sharp, bitter hops in the nose. Some dryness. Taste is dry, roasty, and very hoppy for the style, and a bit more than Iíd like. Somewhat of a meaty, roasty flavor too. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Very good, for sure, with no hint of the ABV, but not my favorite Imperial Stout.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Brewblackhole for this one! Dark color. Smell of coffee, caramel, chocolate, hops, malt, alcohol and nuts. Taste of pine, coffee, malt, chocolate, alcohol, coco powder and caramel. Still does not compare to the richness of Darklord.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 1,300th!!! Pours an opaque black color with a brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, green apple, caramel, and grassy hops. Flavor is molasses, caramel, roast, herbal, and a dry herbal alcohol finish.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #176 courtesy Ibrew2or3, You Rock! Pours black with a one finger tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, licorice, and a good dose of floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma with a nice caramel sweetness and a hint of dark fruit. Medium full mouthfeel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very tasty.
Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3 ( you the F*&^% Man)
A- Hops,Dark Fruit, Chocolate
Ap- Black, light mocha head, not much light gets through this beer.
F- Very astringent, very hoppy given the style, some coffee, chocolate
P- Was thin and unsetteling.
Overall- A solid brew, but very overated.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from WisconsinBeer, bottle 223, shared with some others. Beautiful pour on this, with a thick, fairly pale head. Odd aroma, beaty and vegetal, very stale coffee, Flavor is nutty, more veggies, with a strong coffee finish. At times this drinks great and at others its pretty boring and flawed. Doesnít have the massiveness of Dark Lord nor the nuances of, say, Southampton IS or a British IS. This really fails to be the great beer I thought it would be.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate: 2007 bottle No. 009 thanks to Chad.
Opaque black, viscous and oily with a thin-ish but very well behaved tan head and lace. Loads of fun to pour, you can get it to do whatever you want it to. Incredible aroma of chicory, awesome coffee, big hoppage (however much Chad says itís not enough) and some INCREDIBLE tarry malt. Rubbery as hell, the full car tyre, bready, woody, roasty and toasty with some slight ethanol but god I love it. Delicate hints of pepper and sourness right at the top really make it. A stunning smell. Flavour... oh, my, GOD. Itís rare these days for me to not know where to start but I really donít. Awesome balance and finesse but itís still HUGE. In fact the balance is pretty much spot on. Chad prefers it with the big hops but as far as I can tell, with age this has mellowed into something that is utterly sublime. Mellow is not quite the right word as this is far from restrained. Massive thick black coffee, awesomely rich, superb chocolate with some utterly outstanding hops that leave a hardcore resinous sting on the finish making this something really really special indeed. Utterly unreal balance of sweet coffee chocolate and bitter resinous hops round it all off. The rubbery notes are the best I have experienced. The stinging, tangy, bitter aftertaste is beyond my powers of description and the gorgeous hint of sourness coupled with the prickly sting from the alcohol is just a stunning experience. Iíve had probably half of the bottle now and I could still waffle on further. F**k me, what a beer. Chad you seriously kick ass mate. I owe ya one.