PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque jet black with med creamy dark brown head - the darkest head I've ever seen! Rich cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and coffee aroma - bit of a chocolate milk presence. Clearly chocolate is the key word here. More chocolate and coffee in the flavor with a light roasted touch and a surprisingly dry palate and finish. Some tannins in the finish that also linger all over the mouth. Despite the tannins the overall feel is quite smooth. Perhaps unfortunately non-complex for the style, and disappointingly lacking in fruitiness (none to speak of).
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Eclipse black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, oak and a hint of vanilla. Very smooth tasting Imperial Stout. Big and bold, yet velvety smooth. Malts are very roasted, chocolaty, sweet and fruity. Touch of plums, raisins, cherries and vanilla Hops are slightly bitter and a touch citrusy. Only detracting aspect is that it may be a touch sweet. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. A nice imperial stout, its not a full and bold as Stone’s or Alesmith’s, but it has real potential. Very drinkable, and very complex. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Many thanks to Hopsrus for this one.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - APR 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2003 From growler: Very dark brown (I can barely see through edges of pour). Really chocolatey aroma with a load of burnt stuff. I'm getting burnt toast, burnt wood (light smoke), burnt fruits, burnt flowers, and burnt tootsie rolls. Notes of oak, vanilla, and coffee. Semi sweet with a slight astringent and coffee like finish with notes of burnt goodies. Medium-full bodied, lo carbonation, and smooth. Excellent stout.
KURTO99 (18) - wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good, thick, tasty stout. This is a beer you could drink all night, as long as your not driving. Beautiful dark creamy beer. Great with a cigar.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
drool. a nice thick, dark, black stout with a small amount of brown foam. This had a great malty flavor that would bring me back to this place again and again. The favorite of the evening.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This now wins the prize for the darkest beer I've ever seen...and I've seen many many dark beers. The color is black with a dark brown thick creamy head. The aroma is full of roasted coffee beans, and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor (at room temperature) is bitter with an alcoholic kick (I imagine the alcohol was more hidden at cooler temperatures.) Nice blend of flavors with an appropriate character of alcohol to round things out. The finish is creamy...in fact, the feel of the beer at all times was silky smooth. Huge beer. Many thanks to John for this treat!
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 Poured like oil coming from a change more than 50,000 miles past the due date. Rich and chocolatey through and through. Supreme balance of sweet and bitter. This could be assured to get a poor dog through a Siberian night. Hopsrus, ever the premium source. Thanks.
RERATE 2004 - Thanks to Rockinout I have been able to sample this again and have yet another Ohioan to thank once over. This beer is just awesome. I think it puts Speedway in its place. There's coffee here, but it seems to come from the excellent malt, rather than the taste of actual coffee. And the hops, don't get me started on them. This beer is a masterpiece.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
simply beautiful. thanks to hopsrus for this beauty. Pours like dark chocolate milk. Great dark chocolate nose w/ flavors of chocolate & dark cherries. As Bob & others noted, it's sweet but beautifully balanced
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lets start with opening the bottle. When I popped the swing top on this one the cap stayed stuck tight to the bottle. After peeling the o-ring off the lip I heard a resounding pffft! Looking good right? It gets better, next a form of raw crude oil that is really worth fighting for comes oozing out of the bottle settling into my glass and building a huge cocoa colored head. All is seemingly right in the world. I lift the glass to my nose and out of it comes wafting the most glorious notes of dark bitter chocolate and fresh brewed, dark roast coffee that wakes you from your sleep. I let out a sigh of content. The first taste is everything I want in a stout. Creamy full velvety mouthfeel that just glides across your tongue bathing it in sensory delights. Vanilla lingers with molasses. Ripe plums mix with raspberries. Sweet, but in a perfect balance with the bitterness. Perfectly hidden alcohol. There is little more I could want from this beer. A huge thanks goes out to hopsrus for this one. John you are tops in my book!
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 Gazing into this rustic well, I am led to believe that my nose can perceive thickness...Old grapevines drop sinuously into this fat abyss below and tickle as I make my way down...As soon as I brush the liquid, the unctuosity of the ultramalt is confirmed as mighty molasses and creamy sweet chocolate are slathered on my every pore and curve...My dusty rope starts to smoke faintly as it touches roasty coffee mirk...I hold my breath as my shoulders are reached and thus capture emanating bitter hop aromas which seem to cover the bottom in polite deposits...Bottle after bottle, the will to drown in this tenebrous lusciousness is still quite overwhelming I must say...