PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Wow! I had a chance to have some of this at the Philly RB gathering and let me tell you it left an impression. A jet black stout with little head. Aroma nearly knocks you over with itís hints of chocolate, fruity goodness. Pours silky smooth leaving itís mark all over the glass like a good motor oil.
Perfect on the palate with a smokey, sweet taste that makes everyones eyes open as they taste it. A world class Imperial Stout if ever there was one. A new favorite of mine.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2004 This is rating #615!............. Nevermind. Anyway this was a shock to see sitting at the table of the 04 GA gathering at Summits. A wonderful chocolate, coffee, and smoke aroma. The flavor was quite sweet with chocolate, raisins, coffee, toffee, and licorice. There was some sour fruit detectable in the background. The alcohol was not that noticeable for 13% ABV. It was certainly a pleasure to be able to finally sample this beer and I would definitely like to try more in the future. Even though Harlequinn threatened to ban me from the building for suggesting that the Bells Expedition Stout was better, I believe this beer can't help but being overrated! Overall it's still very good!
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 (2005 bottle)Pitch black hue with a dense, creamy, mostly lasting, dark brown head. The Dark Lord clings to the sides of my glass attempting to escape his near certain doom by ingestion. Aroma is heavily malty consisting of roasted grains, molasses, toffee, bakerís dark chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Also present are notes of sprucey hops, light alcohol (rum), dates, tawny port, and charcoal. Grand, but not as much oomph as I rember the previous version having. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter flavor becommes a moderate to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish with a slight alcohol burn. Seemingly much more acidic, roasty and bitter than last yearís version. The smoothness has been replaced with robustness. Incredibly thick body, oily/sticky texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: maybe my impression of last yearís DL was a fluke. While this is still damn good, itís no five.
(2004 bottle)What an excellent suprise to see this one sitting on the table! Chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, caramel malt (H); oak, whisky, alcohol, vanilla, toffee, etc. Black hole body, deep brown head. Heavily sweet flavor becomes a heavily sweet, lightly acidic finish. Never cloying and the alcohol is quite well hidden. Supper full body, creamy/chewy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: would not change anything. (5.0)
cstuartj (975) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
what can you say? This is a massive fruity complex dark stout. I donít have the words that others do to discribe this with justice but suffice it to say it was worth every penny to get ahold of one of these (and that was about 30,000 pennies!). Every Stout drinker out there should do themselves a favor and get ahold of one of these at least once in there lives.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pain in the ass plastic covering the cap. Huge malt and alcohol nose with some raison and prune characteristics. Black and thick with brown head. Is this beer or chocolate sryup? Hugely sweet, with lots of alcohol and bitterness. Very grainy and sweet. Some coffee and vanilla notes. I am sorry to say this, but I was not impressed by this beer at all. Not very drinkable. Way to sweet and thick.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
#400 for me. I've had this on my shelf for a while, just waiting for a momentious occasion. This beer gets bonus points in appearance for having a kick-ass bottle. The moment of truth. WOW, there is just a lot going on in this beer. I can taste all the flavors listed in the description. Almost taste like a good, dark coffee. This was a little costly, but compared to some of the top beers which are crap and cost a lot, this one was worth the money!
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
06.19.04 Thanks, Eyedrinkale, for sharing this one at Brewtopia! Black and greasy looking. Aromas are black and greasy, too. Tons of Pruney malt on nose. Flavors are like a sticky, gooey candied fruit pastry from someplace in Little Italy. Rich and unctuous. Nice, big, a real treat if only an ounce or so.
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another amazing brew from the seemingly bottomless bag that Eyedrinkale shared with everyone at Brewtopia í04! Thanks Mike!
This pours like black syrup from the bottle. The aroma is sweet as if an espresso were poured into a box of chocolates releasing aromas of vanilla, coffee, and caramels and chocolate. No hop aroma or flavor detected and very little roast malt as well. The complex flavor profile saves this from being a cloyingly sweet, syrupy disaster and turns it into a real sipping treat.
beerguy101 (5284) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Eclipse black color, No real head to speak of. Aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, wood, smoke, alcohol, molasses and a whole lot more. A full-bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are insanely chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, caramel, and smoke. Slightly spicy hops. Leaves a thick viscous sheeting on the glass. Thick and syrupy. Very smooth taste. There is a quite noticeable alcohol oiliness to this beer, but there is very little alcohol presence. Needless to say this is one frelling complex beer. This bottle was a world class Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 This is a pretty damn unique beer. It was more fruity than I expected and it wasnít as dark as I expected. But for sure a very unique beer with interesting complex flavors. For sure you should try at least once. Needs more carmelization and burnt coffeneess to it.