igneous1 (1515) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 perfectly opaque motor oil with a lovely medium brown head. big citrusy hop aroma with notes of popcorn and roastiness. flavor is plenty hoppy with a lemoniness in the finish, but before it gets to that point, there are lots coffee and bitter chocolate notes. ya know, i love it when a beer has this really tremendous reputation and you dont quite know what to expect. then when you try it, it's beyond what you ever expected..this is just such an occasion...HOORAY VICTORY!!!
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(october '03 bottle) I had this beer at a tasting and it was the last beer of 15. I didn't like the notes I took so I decided to wait and rerate. Come to find out my 1st take wasn't far off. This is a great beer. Deep, dark body with a mild dark brown head that settles to almost nothing but a sudsy, fizzy ring on top. The only problem I have may be the freshness. The complex aroma and taste are both hinderd by the overbearing hop bitterness. The hop flavor is good, and I get some subtle coffee, smoke, and toasted flavors; as in the aroma, but I think as the brew ages (I put 2 away) it will be great. The hops just need fade some.
SirTom (89) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
* Had this at a beer club meeting with many other beers, hence I don't remember all my comments - only the ratings which I wrote down at the time.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow.A rich flavorful beer.Black as night when poured.Has huge hints of coffee and lots of hops.This finished very smooth and clean
Frank (3345) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Midnight black with a velvet fuzz of head. The strong pine notes in the aroma were unexpected but very welcome as were the dark, malty notes of coffee and raisin. Creamy and thick with somewhat aggressive carbonation. Big malt presence and loads of hoppy bitterness. It almost tastes like an American IPA crossed with stout. A unique and masterfully brewed beer. Easily one of the finest of it's style.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crude Oil...Texas Tea. Wow! This is one beautiful stout. Great floral nose with roasted, malty goodness to accompany. Slightly bitter on the back of my tongue. Not as roasted of a flavor as I'd anticipated, nor the alcohol burn. Very well balanced stout. Makes cold weather very tolerable.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one pours a very dark color with a medium tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass. It is very thick during the pour. The aroma is of hops, roasted nuts, malts, chocolate, coffee - great aroma - very complex too. The flavor was extremely smooth conisidering the syrup-like pour. Very very smooth. Tasted of a mixture between dark chocolate and roasted malts with some hints of coffee, molasses. It's a little sweet with hints of alcohol as well and the flavor lingers for a while. Great beer here.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour was thick and created a beer that was black as the day is long, with one of the finest heads I've yet to see. It just doesn't stop! Aroma is far more hoppy than I would expect. Grapefruit, roasted malt, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, like drinking velvet. Alcohol is better hidden than Jimmy Hoffa's body. Much more delicate than other imperials I've sampled. Excellent use of bittering hops. A fine stout to warm ones soul
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 30, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark brown color, almost black. Big hoppy taste, but very pleasant to me, and I don't generally like hoppy beers. Some coffee taste to it. I should go have more now...
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Aroma of rich roasted malt, molasses and hops. Coffee-like in color, this is a rich, complex, stout. Being a hop head, I like the strong infusion of hops. Flavor is of hops, bitter-sweet chocolate, and coffee. Nice bitter finish assures no cloying remnants remaining on your palate. Excellent!!!