jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 2008-10-14. Black body with a good sized khaki head. (4+) Lightly acidic overtones, cocoa, roast malt. (7+) Similar flavour, lightly acidic roast malt, dark malts throughout. Medium bodied paalt. (3+) Solid stout, bit muddled at times. Pleasant. 7+/4/7+/4/16 - 3.8 Bottle is close to a year old from Mabel’s Florida trip
2005 Vintage. Rated November 2006. Black body, good sized brown head fades quickly. Aroma of alcoholic raisins, muted roast and extremely mild notes of cold coffee. Flavour has fruity raisin character, muted roast is relatively sweet with very minor notes of roast bitterness. Less rough than previus sample but also a bit less interesting. Medium palate is pleasant, relatively uncarbonated. Putting some age on it was a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion. 7-8/3/7+/3/15 - 3.5
July 2004. Bottle. Black as night and headless enough to inspire Ichabod Crane, but a swirl of the glass rejuvenates a beautiful chocolate coloured head if only momentarily. Aroma is surprisingly muted, with a bit of roasty malt poking through. Flavour is a bit simplistic at times. Sweet malt with a bit of roasted malt and chocolate lingering in the background. Slightly bitter not quite astringent aftertaste. Very nice palate and mouthfeel. Thanks for the trade NorthYorkSammy. 5/4/7/4/16 - 3.6
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
EXCELLENT!!! Thanks, Secret Santa!!! This pours like 10W40, and I mean that in the best way. Frothy, ample brown head. A visual delight. Aroma of dark roasted coffee laced with Dutch chocolate. Full bodied, it caresses the tongue with its creamy, smooth elixir. The flavor is of that same chocolate spiked, dark roasted coffee. Got to be one of my favorite stouts now. Fanfriggentastic. To my Secret Santa, a standing ovation. Mille Grazie, Merci mille fois, Danke SchŲn, Tusen Takk, Domo Arigato, Muches GraÁias, Spasibo, Go Raibh Maith Agat, and THANKS!!!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Thirsty Dog after a day of bog hopping and again from an aged growler. Donít ask. This is a monster of a brew. Thick, black and evil like the black-bloody pus of a demonís boil. It coats the mouth with a thick layer of sin and shame that reeks of burnt coffee, chickory, anise and hell-scorched hops. The texture is so chewy its almost greasy with coagulate gore. Big black fat-ass raspberry and fruity gasous emissions escape the black surface. They find solace in the nostrils where they rape and pillage the secret nooks and crannies of your nasal cavities. The carbonation is thunderous while the head is as corrupt as Dick Cheneyís smile. Drink one for the orc in you and be sure to let it run down your face and neck.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a nice dark head. Aroma is very roasted and porter-like, some alcohol in there and maybe a little smokey. Quite malty body, appropriate. Taste is sweet and dry up front. Back of the tongue is roasted, smokey, with raisin taste. Alcohol rises up through your nose, pleasent. A very fine IS! Thanks Drew!
Eirikur (351) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUN 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice stuff, what a surprise.
It must be christmas.
Its the perfect Imperial stout.
It has all the good stuff but not too much of any of it.
haukur (1127) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
incredible imperial stout. Perfect on looks, rich aroma of roast nuts, raisins, maybe some smoked meat or something... Taste is perfect for the style, a bit sweet with a nice dry bitter malty finish ... more of this please !!
mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent despite its horrible lable. The aroma is something else, I can only compare it to fresh-ground coffee in its pleasent potency. Pours out straight black and despite being perhaps just a little bit too creamy tastes great.
hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa... Pitch black, rich and thick! Creamy, with a small head. Nice coffee/chocolate aroma, with some roasted/teasted something in there. THICK, rich, and smooth. Coffee, chocolate, caramels- very fine brew!
temporrari (377) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Bottle: Licorice, roasty, chocolate in the finish. Itís got some vapors going on. Either the bottle version has suffered, or this bottle was just off. Thin and uninteresting. Will revisit another bottle soon. Bottled = 3
Draft at Thirsty Dog, Dayton: Simply awesome. Black with a lasting dark brown head on it. I thought the bottle was creamy, no no. It is so rich and creamy on tap. This is such a delicous beer, I could drink this every day. I got a 1/2 gallon to go. Very, very good beer. No alcohol in the taste at all. Tap = 4.5
Iím calling 3.7 an average between the draft version, and the bottle I had recently that wasnít that great.
I would love to get a bottle of this to rate, itís been a while. 1-23-10
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a small light brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that fully diminished. The body was black and opaque. The aroma was malty, some chocolate notes, roasty and coffee. The flavor was malt and coffee with a smooth mouthfeel. This beerís lacing was fair. Recommended.