Sean9689 (257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 2008, 22oz black/gold wax-dipped bomber into snifter.
Split seven ways with some friends at FFF’s.
Poured a enough to make a nice review, but not pass out.
A - Jet black, coffee/cream colored head, sticky lacing along the side of the snifter. Pretty much similar to all other top-notch examples of this style.
S - Sweet chocolate, molasses, raisins. Smells so good I would like to eat this beer instead of drink. One whiff and I’m ready to dig in to my dessert! Nothing overly complex, but damn good nonetheless.
T - Chocolate cake with chocolate cream filling topped with chocolate sprinkles and chocolate syrup. In other words, lots of chocolate here! No real alcohol burn present and when compared to Dark Lord, almost zero (I realize DL is 13% though). Very sweet, no real hops/bitterness at all. It’s like drinking chocolate syrup (in a good way).
M - A little more thin then what I was expecting but oh-so smooth. It just covers your mouth in sweet goodness!
D - Very easy to drink for the style. I will revisit in another six months or so to see how it’s coming along. All in all, a great RIS, worthy of the rating and hype.
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.