sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A 2 glass pour, welll 1 and a 3rd glass pour before the onslaught of the infamous thick brown sludge started to work its way out, Stop! I,ve seen heavily sedimented brews but this aint normal, damn! A Dark black brew with a small red glow when light struck. An inviting dark brown head swirls up. Nose of sweet malts, smoke, soy, whisky and unbelievebly some hop spiceyness. Full thick mouthfeel, coating, viscous, oily, luxuriously creamy. Heavy roast flavors abound. Medium sweet malts, chocolate, figs, fruity, coffee notes, black malt, light alcohol notes with faint vinous notes as well. A truely large brew in all manners! Finish is fairly sweet but with a surprising hop bite. Thanks to Bierbauch for this bottle i received in a trade awhile back. Thanks Ron!
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
SLUDGY RUNS!! Black body, browned only by hte sediment. At lest we got one glass pure. Loike used motor oil, loke baby poop (but less smelly). Notes of tobacco, caramel, coffee, expresso, chocolate;both dark and milk, currant berries, brandy and of course a well noted alcohol presence. A LOT GOING ON HERE!. Sandy river mud mouthfeel. Rich and ripe berries, burnt finish. this is almost too much.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle, thanks to jcalabre for sharing. The pour reminded me of the oil that came out of the pan years ago when changing fluids on my Austin Healey. The aroma is huge, with sweet bitter chocolate, espresso, raisin and much more. Flavor complexity follows suit; soy sauce, espresso, chocolate, fruit, sweet syrup with alcohol and a satisfying bitter finish. A very bold assault on the taste buds, no contest - I surrendered.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Original Rating October 31, 2004; 2004 Vintage: Black hole coloring with no head. Aroma is loaded down with slightly burnt malt, oak and whisky. Do I really have to mention that it’s thicker than mud? Coffee, burnt malt, and every kind of dark fruit imaginable show up in the taset. It’s quite good, but not the end-all-be-all. I kept getting a metallic tang in the taste. Re-rating May 22, 2008; 2008 Vintage: I’m very glad I finally get to revisit this one. Huge thanks to Skyview. Black as death with a medium head. Aroma of grapes, raisins and some vanilla. Much sweeter taste than I remember it. Lots of thick and chewy malt. Pine hops are there, but downplayed. Grape and vanilla with some roasted barley finish. Very solid, tasty and good. I had always been a little worried that I had "slammed" this beer the first time out, but I stand by my original assessment: It is not the end-all-be-all. The score remains the same.
boto (1762) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Bomber: This beer pours thick: It has the consistency of motor oil. The color is almost the same, but it is a very dark brown. If you hold it to the light, it actually has a hint of a Guinness-like cascade. The head is strong and brown. The aroma is interesting: imagine if you will chocolate hops, because that is what it smells like. The taste is heavy and sweet: mainly chocolate, with hints of plums and coffee, other varied fruits. I can also taste some hops, but no bitterness makes it through. Excellent! Thanks to TAR for this trade!!!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Bottle traded from Slikwily,drank in your honor Kevin.Thick black sludgey brew.
Nose is a huge.So many different aromas coming from this it is hard to believe.Port.molasses,dark chocolate,coffee,plums and various dark fruits.Not one of them overshadows the other.I poured this and sat there with it in my hand sniffing,set it down thenpicking it up again to sniff some more.The Flavors come out exactly as you would have wanted:so you came absorb every aspect of this amazing brew.I docked one point for the amount of sludge in the bottle. After hjaving more batches I have changed my mind about this beer
OldGrowth (2348) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Good nose, Malt city, Chocolate, coffee, molasses,prunes, Raisin, a little soy sauce, hint of sherry. Brownish black color, no light goes through.No head, but I did pour slow. Bittersweet, flavors, Dark roast coffee, chocolate, molassses. Thick body, creamy syrupy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Very tasty. This one is for the Red Sox.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for this wonderful wedding gift, cindy and matt! Opaque pitch black color, nice medium creamy hazelnutbrown/creme head, leaving laces on the glass. Alcohol, almond, earth and wood nose. Thick oily texture, moccha taste, medicine sweetness, long lasting hoppy finish with some tabacco kicks.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Extreme thanks to my awesome beer trading buddy BBB63 for sending me this brew last season.
Rating # 600
DL was cellared with anticipation of a somewhat eventful moment. Upright and in the dark depth of my beer closet this beer sat for 10 months. What the hell was going on in that bottle during this time?
Major kudos too Nick Floyd for brewing up such a novel and extreme creation!
As I poured the first glass I could see the density of this beers body. Motor oil thick,10W 40 thick! Black as the far side of the moon, motionless as death… thick as Jennifer Lopez’s sexy ass! The nose and tongue are ripe with dark pitted fruits. Plums, dates, figs, prunes, then raisins, then brown sugar… smoky notes of molasses, sweetness…. whooooo sweetness, cloying? Sweetened.. Super Sweetened espresso.. Espresso Supreme! Where is all this vanilla coming from? Charred ash.. who was cremated to forge this brew? The second glass was far more tart than the first, somewhat gritty.
Was I just drinking some jet black liquid led? This beer weighs in at infinity per liquid ounce. That’s 22 x infinity? It was simply too thick… too viscous… too syrupy… too extreme… too over the top for any type of consistent drinking. One 22oz bottle, in which I only concurred 17 ounces of liquid, took me 3 hours… a 3 hour pint +1 of vice and sin… The beer is the blood of Satan.. Nick Floyd murdered Satan and bottled this, his essence… How he did this? I could never tell you… but he managed!
brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smoke, Molasses, prune, fig, and a touch of salt, what more can I say. A silky, rich body. Not what I would call sweet. This beer had lovely legs. Thanks to hey_kevin for sharing.