MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This long time want graciously provided to me by bauermj. Poured into my new Darkness glass that was sent by Beeruser in perfect timing.
The beer flows forth languidly, boasting its full body and robust color. The collection in the glass is dense and blackened. An undertone of burnt red, much like the color of the wax that crowns this bottle, gives the beer warmth and character. The head is a yellowed khaki with a frothy and soft pretense. Creeping rings of lace adorn the glass in short order, fueled by the ever-present ring of foam.
Darkness carries with it aromas of soy sauce and tobacco that are uniquely its own. Rich molasses and brown sugar lay a sweetened backdrop to licorice, steak sauce and freshly laid mulch. The bouquet is indeed full of darkness but encompasses the realm of caramelized and aged sugars and sweets. A consideration of the final glass of the bottle yields strong aromas of prunes and hints of chocolate covered raisins.
The soy sauce and molasses flavors are the dominant ones. They grip the sides of the tongue with a sharp, rum soaked fruitcake flavor that is bracketed by sweet pipe tobacco. There is a milky creaminess that tries to push through but the denser molasses and anise flavors suppress it for the most part. As the glass warms, caramel and a faint citrusy hopping come out. A fleeting hint of smoke pops out just at the end, and only after this beer warms to room temperature.
The best part of this beer is the way it slides over the palate, offering little resistance. It feels frictionless. Its very low and fluffy soft carbonation furthers the effects of the full body. There is a little bit of stickiness left on the lips, but this is a sweet beer, that should be expected. Some alcohol warmth and an oily, licorice flavored coating is left behind for a long finish and aftertaste.
This is a great stout. It’s large in stature and silky smooth and thick. It is, however, quite sweet and wrought with tobacco and soy sauce notes that get in the way of its roastiness. So, all things considered, this did not live up to what I expected from it.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, hint of liquorice. Syrupy, oily mouthfeel, sweet and fruity on the palate. Taste is chocolate, dates, plums, bourbon, hint of leather. Nice!
MrFecesious (656) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share taster. Whoa. Pretty dark LOL blood red edges. Aroma of licorice, raisin, chocolate. Taste is a great blend of sweet and bitter. Perfect carbonation.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to my brother for sharing this. Pours an inky Black with medium mocha head. Aroma is of semi sweet chocolate, light alcohol, a bit of raisin and light hop notes. Taste is...
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle - "Hell Demon." Well, I finally had it. It took forever, but one of my co-workers brought it into town from back in MN where he’s currently living, so thank you very much sir! Poured a dark black color, not as much viscosity as I expected. Cola edges on the glass. Carbonation is alright - tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is nice dark chocolates, some light coffee notes - toffee, dark, dried fruits. Flavor had notes of cherry pits, toffee, dark chocolates. Medium mouthfeel. Despite it being 9.whatever percent, the beer is actually quite drinkable and doesn’t feel loaded with residual sugars or booze. Very enjoyable, well made.
tdoyledesign (103) - Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged botte from ’10. Pours as dark as night with a medium brown head about a finger’s thick. Smells of a huge amount of malt with some coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of caramel or something toasted. Taste is bold, and FULL of flavor. Coffee, dark chocolate, finished with a smokey malt flavor. Palate just dances with all kinds of flavors. The palate changes in intensity as it warms. Truly one of the best!
RichTheVillan (1627) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2011 version) from international trade; dark brown pour with luxurious tan head, roasted coffee aroma, taste has vanilla, chocolate, some dark fruits, leather a hint of smokiness, coffee and a bitter finish, very impressive stuff.
charule (602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up at Darkness Day 2013. Poured black with impressively retentive mocha tan head. Aroma includes slight cinnamon spice choc. Very smooth and thick. Light bitter sweetness taste thats perfectly balanced. I can see why its loved.
BeerKurve (358) - - NOV 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black with a foamy Khaki colored brown head, no carbonation and great lacing. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, cherry, roasted malts & barley and some smoke. Flavor is chocolate nibs, cherries, vanilla, smoke, roasted malts and cocoa. Body is pretty light and has almost no carbonation; Very creamy and smooth. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had!
TBone (11281) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, small brown head. Coffee and wood in the nose. Medium to full-bodied. Liquerish, roasted, quite sweet. Lingering espresso and alcohol in the finish. My number one in the list "want to rate" -beer was a slight dissapointment.
rdixon77 (358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Catching up on old rating. 12 werewolf. Thanks to joe for sharing. Super big and surprisingly hoppy RIS. Darkness in the pour for sure. Aroma was lots of chocolate and burnt sugar. The taste had a smokiness that complemented the big amount of sweetness. I was surprised at of much hop bitterness I could taste. Coffee and raisins on the end. Pretty heavy and lightly carbonated. Tasty tasty stuff.