21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a very waxy aroma to it, that is covering the choco=late in it. Way too soapy up front with a nice kick of coffee and light choc after. Not enough pronounced chocolate. Yet very decent.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge mocha aroma, midnight black with a dark tan head, large roastiness and chocolate notes build to a sweet coffee flavor finally settling into dry bitter hoppiness
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color, nice head with little lacing, slightly oily. Aroma is sweet with fig and raisin. Flavor is smokey with chocolate and coffee. Finishes without much alcohol and a nice sweet chocolate end as to not discourage you. Thanks cquirosa!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Very dark, opaque even, small brownish head that went away rather quickly. Roast, chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma. Flavor is almost dry and hoppy, with some roast. Odd, I didn’t not expect the flavor after experiencing the aroma. A nice beer nevertheless.
hotstuff (4101) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When poured, this beer had a small sized light brown head with fine-medium sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was uncarbonated, opaque and it had a dark hue to it. The nose was malty, chocolate, and some coffee notes. The flavor was bitter, hoppy, coffee notes, acidic and it left a lingering aftertaste. The mouthfee was tingly, smooth, thin textured and medium bodied. This beer left a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. Nothing to really rave about with this beer.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a carbonated near opaque dark red-brwon almost black colored body and a good lacing. It had a nice aroma, but not what I expected from a stout. THe aroma made me sneeze and 1/2 hour later, I still have not recovered from it. The aroma was closer to a brown beer than a stout. It was thin and did not have the caramel in it. The flavor was very hoppy and much more hopped than the usual stout. Hop lovers should enjoy this one. The flavor was mixed with a noticible alcohol content and the mouthfeel was carbonated, tingly, and finish bitterly.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of raisin and coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste of cola, coffee, raisin, and chocolate with some hoppiness on the finish (when fresh). The cola like sweetness with the unique hop profile make for an interesting brew. Excellent nutty mocha finish. One of my favorites.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Bottled on 10-9-03.Poured out a black and tease of red at the bottom.Head was soso/brown/some good lace at first but gets lazy.Aroma was medicinal at first(didn't understand the rediculous use of very high alpha hops in this one,it has that Victory hop twang which is such a monster)This beer is backed up by a medium-full body of malts.Roasted to almost burnt coffee.Such hops and slight alcohol twang in charge of the stout.Victory is off the hook.Though the black chocolate stout is in the old-school bomb-style.Unique,Hoppy,balanced,GREAT.Gets better when it warms(the hardcore roasted choco-coffee malts shine,This brew is bright hops w/a great back-up of a great stout.An aged bottle would be better?... Well some batches have a noticable yeast glaze at the bottom of the bottle, while others look like they are not bottle conditioned? Either way way this beer is the real deal,raisins,choco-malt,hops,(this batch was bottled on 2-24-03 and sampled on 10-12-03,ages like the champ that it is.They brew this October through february as far as I can tell.Nothing like an Impy brewed with True German malts!
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A friend of mine has this on tap at his house and it is so fresh. Nice foamy brown head. Very dark colored with a aroma of chocolate. Very malty. Well balanced stout. Very good.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Virtually opaque with a very rocky brown head leaving a slight trace of lacing behind. Aroma is chocolate and and roasted malt - huge floral hop scent. Taste is "over the top" hops from start to finish, followed by sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Smoke and ash on the finish. Texture is creamy and thick. Excellent but not exactly overly complex.