Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 version. Pitch black with a dark moka head. Vinous aroma with porto notes, with figs and prunes, and alcohol. Thick creamy mouthfeel, almost buttery. Lots of coffee and chocolate with sweet vanilla. Alcohol burn with finish. Stewed prunes as beer warms up. Excellent beer but overkill . Drank some after opening (3 weeks) and you should have seen the gunk! Overkill. Enjoyed with Capflu in May 2004.
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black, fully opaque with a thinnish brown head that lasts quite a while. Strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee, strong dark chocolate and so much more that I cannot even begin to list. Super full-bodied-Syrupy; Strong dark chocolate tastes are the largest up front, followed by roasted malt, chocolate pudding and a coffee bitterness that rides a long time. Overall, an amazing beer-truy a stand-alone imperial stout, but was great to try for the first time! I sampled this 65 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 I sure I won’t be adding anything new with this review, but here it goes. Pours dark brown/black, with a small tan head. Aromas include vanilla, red wine, chocolate, wood, and dark fruit.
Body is the thickest I’ve ever experienced, but it is so pleasant and creamy. Your mouth becomes coated. Flavors are molasses, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, wood, and coffee. so really, very much like the aroma. There is some bitterness at the end. Incredibly unique and enjoyable. Worth every bit of the hype.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 2004: Poured viscous black with almost no head...smell was alcohol, chocolate, coffee, oak...tasted absolutely heavenly...first sweetness with vanilla molasses, a touch of alcohol...then came the bittersweet chocolate and coffee...the mouthfeel was OUTSTANDING...velvety smooth and thick...the taste on the back of the tongue was JUST LIKE heavy cream flavor...amazing amazing amazing...
legion242 (2201) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful nose- heavy alcohol, but very inviting. Little bit of burnt wood in there too. Very dark (Duh!) with great lace and legs. No head. First taste is very burnt. A little ashy.VERY full mouthfeel. Almost like cream. Definitely some vanilla and molasses. Alcohol hides itself fairly well until it hits your head.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer poured a blood red concoction w/ brown highlights and it coated my glass! Very plum and raisin sweetness w/ sour ferm fruit. Chocolate and coffee, plums and raisins, light molasses sweet. Very dense and creamy, and full bodied. Thank you Dr. Bill!!!!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
To be totally honest, I was overly excited to try this beer. When I got that red wax sealed cap off the smell immediately said "wow," this might be great. The appearence was jet black; thicker than any other beer I have ever seen and with more sediment than I had ever seen in a beer. The flavor was good, but the beer was just too thick and the deep layer of sludge at the bottom of the bottle adds to the grittiness/thickness of the mouthfeel. The finish actually made me craze something thinner to wash the beer down as this beer was literally like drinking motor oil with it thickness. From other reviews, I can respect this beer, but it doesn’t suit me in that sense. Rather, I am very glad I was able to experience it, but not know that hype sometimes has alot to do with ratings rather than honest, unbiased reviews. Give it try, maybe your review will be better than mine.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This came in a menacing looking 22oz bomber that was dipped in red wax to give the appearance of being sealed in blood. A cartoon picture of the dark lord is on the label as well to add to the overall Dark Lord theme. Looking like the used oil at jiffy lube this stuff pours out as thick as I have ever seen. It is pitch black almost verging on sucking in all surrounding. The head starts impressively before falling into a cap of bubbles and leaving not lacing but a film over any portion of the glass that it comes in contact with. Aroma is of chocolate covered berries, molasses and roasted malts. The flavor is tremendous standing out much more than the scent with chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits blending for a complex palette experience. A slight coffee bitter aftertaste is also present as well as a slightly sour taste as it warmed. Mouthfeel is ridiculous I have had nothing as thick as this ever and it is amazing. It coats the entire mouth and sits heavy on the tongue, very nice. Drinkability is also excellent there is no sign of the 13% anywhere in this monster. The thickness is the only thing that slowed me down while drinking it. Impressive in all ways I highly recommend this to anyone, hopefully I can come across more bottles of this in the future.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle - fairly subtle malty sweet, roasty nose. Black as night. No head to speak of. About the consistency of Pepto-Bismol, but soft. Malty sweet. Dark fruits some coffee. Deep. Unbelievably smooth, especially at 13%. Beautiful beer. Hey, Mark Romero - ya got another? Thanks, Buddy!
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
No head, dark body of very thick density in appearance. Fruits, roasted, crystal grains, caramel, alcohol and many other pleasing aromatic components. In my mouth, balanced toward the sweetness with hints of caramel but also roasted flavors. Thick feeling, very warming! Full bodied (liquorous, very thick). Wow! A thing to remember for good! Thanks god for that true masterpiece but thanks also MartinT for making this marvelous experience happen! Sampled at MartinT’s place with other RateBeerians for the "Montreal’s Voyager Par Les Papilles’ first tasting session".