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 (2416) - 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.
JorisPPattyn (7674) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
whistling Absolutely tar-black with dark brown, small head, coming up fully AFTER pouring. Nose with parsley, liquorice, hops, molasses -AND, yes, sea-water. Taste is beyond words. There is a taste, and nearly mouthfeel, of dark bread with smoked ham - the best one. And there are hops, and bitterness, coffee too. And yet there’s sweetness under all that tarry thing - dark fruitlike (what else?). SUPERB balance. Totally tarry texture, beyond viscous. WOW! this makes "great" - or "big" - sound silly. Big thanks to theDM and hotstuff!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Multiple bottles, multiple vintages. Finally prepared to give this beer a 5.0. The beer has a consistency and thickness like no other beer in the world. Flavors of black cherry, espresso and chocolate. Intense and incredibly flavorful. I will say, it’s not a 5.0 fresh, but is after some time in the bottle. It’s a very special beer, a showcase of brewing skill.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 Finally! Thanks to some BA follks. Pours like syrup and I was hit with the sweetness first off. It’s big, and I’m not going bore everyone with alot of words. By the way, the sludge or something really upset my stomach.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A BIG #100 here. This beer was so.... well pretty much so big. One of the best beers i’ve ever had, maybe the best ever. but with its limited availability, i’d prefer to keep my favorite as somthing i can appreciate on a regular basis. But anyway on with the review, aroma was full of so much. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, malts, among others. Tastes was similar but loaded with more alcohol. Was very thick beer, but did not have the previously mentioned "sludge" from other ratings. Overall an excellent brew, full of so much goodness that it will leave an everlasting impression on almost anyone who gets the chance to taste it.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 #700, huge thanks to cb! This is the tale of two beers, the beautiful, intricate, thick and complex imperial stout that composed the first 2/3 of the bottle, and the hop dregs sludge that greeted me at the end of the bottle. Initial appearance was of motor oil blackness, with a head struggling to make its way through the beer. The middle pour actually revealed a decent but quickly fading dark brown, compact head. I won’t deal with the last pour yet. Aroma was warming alcohol, with chocolate, mocha, dark cherries, faint pine, and port. The flavor matched, gaining in complexity. Thick, complicated, a sipper for sure, but a truly excellent and enjoyable beer. I’m thinking in the upper 4’s for the rating. Then came the last 1/3 of the bottle. It sort of coughed its way out, almost with the same consistency as A1. The aroma abruptly turned into pure hop resin. Ever homebrewed? Have you ever poured off the wort, leaving behind the spent hop pellets, but then accidentally leaving it on the stove so it burned a bit? That is what this smelled like. Literal dregs. My glass has chunks hanging off the brown coating on the side of it. The flavor unfortunately matched, except someone took the spent yeast off the bottom of the fermenter and chucked that in for some extra body. I literally couldn’t drink it. So now I have had one of the best and worst beer experiences in my life out of the same bottle. A bizzare, memorable #700. My ratings will be slanted towards the first half of the bottle. I guess it’s kind of like bumping into the real Dark Lord. Mysterious and darkly seductive at first, but then it all just goes to hell. I’m tempted to cut the last bit of this with a High Life just to see what hapens.