scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What everyone else says!! I have nothing more to add on positives. This beer is un-fíin-real!! Iíll take my comments a different route here though. My complaint (on the second half of the bottle) was that the sludge absolutely ruined the last several ounces. I canít believe Iíll admit to this, but I poured at least the last 6 ozs down the drain. Just couldnít handle it. The sludge just took it to another level of thick bitter mud which I couldnít stomach. I knew about it, but continued to pour it into my snifter anyway. Big mistake. I understand bottle conditioning, etc, but why such thick yeast?? I always pour the yeasties in, but I just canít understand what happened here. Anyway, it was still a tremendous beer prior to that point. Thanks TAR from many many months ago for the trade. Canít wait for the next release to see how it compares.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 Thanks to JCapriotti for this beer! Pours midnight black with a medium dark brown head. Itís as dark as a starless night. Aroma is coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla and tobacco along with molasses and faint caramel. WOW!!!!! The taste is INCREDIBLE! Strong chocolate and coffee blended with more licorice and vanilla. Taste of molasses and brown sugar. HUGE rich flavors here! There is some strong hints of alcohol as well. The mouthfeel is as thick and chewy as a beer can be. I donít think I could have possibly guessed it to be this thick and muddy. Some slight alcohol burn going on but itís a nice warming feel. Itís like drinking watered down alcoholic pudding. Bit on the oily side as well. Finish is bittersweet with dark chocolate and more molasses and coffee. This is a huge beer. Perfect for number 1000 and deserving of the 5 Iím giving it. I only wish I could have this on cask like many of the early ratings were.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Really damn impressive was what i heard. so it was very fuckin dark with a german chocalate cake head on it, chocolate up the ass aroma. flavor is so damn powerful, yet subtle chocolate which amazes the fuck out of me. its like drinking a gertman chocalte cake. Insane.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow -- my favorite beer to date! This beer is so complex that Iím almost too intimidated to rate it -- opaque black, slight tan head, aroma and flavor of dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, and much more, with a nice, syrupy-thick mouthfeel...a great suprise at the Georgia 14% gathering!
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black, near zero head. SOme licoriche and chocolate in the intense aroma. The flavor has some nice subtleties, particularly with cherries and strawberries. Without a doubt an outstanding beer - my only complaint that prevents this from getting higher marks is that it is TOO flat. Iím sure this was intentional, but it limits what they can do IMO.
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured is not the word for what this did-it was so thick it oozed into my glass. Very dark in color, a little grainy-no head, no bubbles, very syrupy. Aroma is strong-alcoholic with sweet fruity flavors in the mix. Raisins, dates, vanillas, mochas, strong sense of molasses. Tastes is a blend of the above mix with a whole lot of alcholic sharpness thrown in. Would probably go well with vanilla ice cream.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 RBSG 04, thanks a ton to jsquire for bringing this allong. After all the hype I finally had my chance to try this and it lived up to all of its reputation. If you need a discription of this brew just look below, i donít think i can do any better of a job summing it up that what has allready been said in the 132 ratings before me. Seek this brew out and try it, totally amazing.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 04í vintage. Most definately, the muddiest beer Iíve ever seen. Looked like gritty motor oil that was well overdue to be changed. Strong chocolate aroma with some dark berris and cedar scents. Tastes very chocolaty and well roasted. The aftertaste was incredible as the flavors continued to change. The palate was very molassesy. Next time Iíd like to try it without so much of the sludge from the bottom. Good @#$%!
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2004 Making a surprise appearance at the Georgia 14% gathering! (Thanks to DaHammer. I actually gasped like someone in a 1930's movie when I saw it.) Black with the merest hit of a tan head. Sweet, winey aroma. Thick, viscous, luxurious mouthfeel. Full on unrestrained flavor attack here. Cherry and oak and other woodsy flavors, plus usual Imp Stout flavors, as well: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some other herbal and spicy flavors, too. Complex and challanging. Iím going to need a bit more of this, please.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very black. Aroma of soy, berries, chocolate. Flavor is of soy, berries (which was a nice combo), cherry, a slight chocolate, biscuity, and cotten candy. What really makes this impressing is the after taste. It keeps changing and each next step seems better then the last.