GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared a bottle of this with about 10 people. And to be brutally honest, it was a let down. Thankfully, with all the great reviews of this beer, I will have an ’06 bottle and an ’07 bottle to rerate (thanks to moejuck). But on to the ’05. Nose was overripe dark fruit, burnt caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and molasses. Appearance was absolutely magnificent. Mouthfeel was gloopy and sticky. Flavors were too much soy sauce for my liking, incredible amped up sweetness (I thought I liked sweet beers, but this was just syrupy sweet) almost like drinking molasses. I can see how this has the potential to be an incredible beer. Here’s to hoping the other year’s will bring a better opinion.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Hands down the best brew I’ve had. ’07 bottle. Strong, dark fruit and chocolate scents. Beautiful, dark black with minimal copper colored head. Flavor is amazing, each sip reveals something different: vanilla bean, molasses, dark cherries, hazelnuts, I could go on and on. Phenomenal!
<P>’08 Bottle Re-rate: Midnight black, no head...Wow, this has much more of the roasted/dark malt emphasis than last year’s. Some of the dark fruit notes are their to compliment the chocolate and malt tones but not in a cloying way. Coffee notes are actually quite prominent as well this year. Extremely viscous and don’t even get me started on the sludge at the bottom. Amazing stuff yet again. The numbers reflect this year’s bottle.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and walnuts. Pours black with a dark brown head. Really thick mouth feel with a strong chocolate, bourbon, and coffee quality. Spectacular!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Supreme courtesy boboski. 2007 bottle. Poured opaque black with latent wisps of extreme dark tan head welling up from the depths. Coffee and roast aromas dominate along with a good deal of alcohol, which is more apparent as it warms. Some nutty and dark chocolate aromas come out as well. Super thick palate, probably the thickest I’ve had. Taste is a blast of cocoa, roast, and heat. There’s a mild dryness in the finish, but a lot of roast as well. A unique brew.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2008 07 Bottle. Thanks to NachlamSie!! Pours uber dark black, even against strong light, no reds or browns are visible. A small, but thick brown head sits richly atop. When swirled in the glass, the sides retain an oil-like coating of brown. I am very impressed by the appearance. Aroma is strong on all fronts, heavy hops, chocolate, molasses, even some oaky notes, not as much coffee as I had expected, but it doesn’t suffer from it’s lack of presence. Flavor is thick molasses, a nice bit of dark chocolate, hops that seem to have worked their way through hell to deliver a perfect balance, and a finish of sweet vanilla. The alcohol is hidden very well, and only really detectable when the beer is at a lower temperature. As it warms, the alcohol becomes much less apparent. The mouthfeel throughout is unrelentingly thick, and absolutely perfect for the style.
08 bottle courtesy of BossHossbikes. Thanks man! Lighter in the mouthfeel, a bit thinner in the aroma, but very sweet and alcoholy. Still awesome. Revisited the 07 again as well tonight. Better than I remembered.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is an outstanding Imperial Stout: inky black, intensely aromatic, slightly sweet, and tremendously viscous-feeling in your mouth. I thought it might be dry roasted "burned pizza crust tasting" like Alesmith Speedway Stout, but this is good in a completely different kind of way.
The beer pours a very thick, pure stream of blackness topped with a small and very dark tan head. Aroma is some bourbon-ness, a fair amount of coffee, some sweet alcohol esters, and a hint of cherry. Flavor is exceedingly smooth, and it subtley builds to a very full yet not overwhelming coffee-ness. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and viscous, like delicious motor oil.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’07 Pours an opaque black with a black with a slight brown head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is lots of chocolate, malts, coffee, some dark fruit. I think this one is going to age really well.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2007 bottle (thanks Phatz!!) Holy Toledo - where have you been all my life?!?! Pours an oily dark brown, almost no carbonation. Looks almost like melted dark chocolate. Wonderfully rich aroma of chocolate, espresso coffee, cherries, bourbon, and more. Flavor just explodes on the palate, then melts into your throat. Flavors of dark chocolate, fine bourbon, some fruity sweetness at the back of the throat and a hint of vanilla. Just wonderful in every way, a truly amazing beer!
amorphiss (35) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
’07 Silver Wax Bottle. Dark black viscous pour with very little carbonation or head. Awesome aroma of apple pie, pear, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, malt, must. Taste is chocolate, dark intense coffee, sweet fruits. Very viscous mouthfeel, this is nice. I like this ’07 batch way better than my ’06 bottles last year.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Bottle ’05. thick black pour with a frothy tan head that dissapates quickly. Sweet vanilla aroma with some slight leather and must notes. Thick and somewhat astringent with soy sauce notes. I had hoped for more from this, I’ll rerate with one of my 06 bottles.