DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty nose, with sweet but alcoholic undertones. Flavors are sweet, slightly tart around the edges with sweetness in full effect but balanced by evident alcohol warmth, the sweetness, and an evident hoppy nature. Cerainly get a yeaty feel to the velvet maltiness...the alcohol is not completely hidden though making it unmistakenly big and warm...the hops are not hidden either, crisping it out but making it feel big as well. Not bad though, just pretty damn big.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pitch black in shade, the body supports a thick, frothy, mocha tinted cap of steadfast foam. Dense sheets of lacing coat the glass almost entirely, completing the impressive look. Aromas include dark, bittersweet chocolate, huge coffee roast, licorice-like anise, vanilla, and cinnamon. Estery Belgian yeast comes to mind as well, along with some earthen hops. Though complex, the nose comes off a little boozy and harsh. Flavors are based in dark chocolate, anise, a dark fermented fruits. Rum adds boozy substance, while hints of coconut and vanilla creme lend complimentary depth. The yeast profile is dry, and somewhat bready. Medium-full in body, the palate sports moderate carbonation and a sharp, boozy edge and heat. There’s actually some really nice substance here, and the dry yeast keeps this well out of the cloying danger zone, but the strong alcohol overtone mucks things up a good bit. Tone this recipe way down and a really great beer might emerge.
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. pours dark black color. aroma is dark fruits and roasted malts and earthy notes. taste: cherries, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, big booze, great beer.
dmac (4212) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Canals Hainesport. Poured a good looking super pitch blacker then night opaque uhm......black with a large brown head. Aroma is yeasty, suagary, and loaded with alcohol and burnt notes. The body is smooth and silky with soft carbonation but the alcohol is so hott hat its distracting. Flavors of alcohol, tobacco, yeast, burnt anything and everything and super dark fruit like burnt plum and prune. This one is growing on me or its probably just the ridiculous ABV.
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours motor oil black with a super thick brown head that refuses to back down from the rim of the glass. Aroma holds a ton of lactic sugar, coffee, burnt sugars, bittersweet chocolate, and prevalent alcohol. Flavor is decent, with roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, and more cream. Not very complex for an impy. Palate is weak for the style-- somewhat thin, and uninteresting. Again, I think Double Simcoe might be the only beer from Weyerbacher I think is above average for the style. Worth trying though, and thanks to oteyj for bringing this up.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a one finger tan head. The aroma is lactic chocolate, booze, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, and roasted malts. The flavor is roast, coffee, and milk chocolate with lots of booze throughout. The palate is thin for the style- roasty and chalky in the finish. Not overly impressed.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2011 750ml bottle bonus from a recent trade... Pours a semi-dense close to black pour with just a fair lightening towards the edges. Head was fluffy and tan which was semi-quickly dissipating... Aroma of dark fruit and molasses upfront with some banana and Belgian yeast qualities. Somewhat phenolic and sweet with some lingering sugars... Prickly carbonation greets the mouth first then giving way to a fairly rich and roasted malt component with molasses and dark fruit. A bit if acrid roast left on the tongue with tons of residual sweetness. Boozy and quite a bit hot going down as well.
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/29/10. 750 into a snifter. The pour is jet black with a big, thick chocolate head that sadly fizzes away to nothing fast. Big roasty and chocolate aroma with a subtle hint of sour estery Belgian. The flavor is big dry roast with dark chocolate and a dash of sour. Finishes very dry.
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-pours a jet black thick and viscous looking liquid with a thin bubbly dark caramel brown head that fizzles away slowly and settles as a creamy one full finger of head that doesn’t move.
S-there is some decadent milk chocolate, vanilla, slightly burnt espresso, belgian yeast, notes of dark not quite ripe berries, vinous and earthy.
T-sweet berries, vinous and earthy, milk chocolate, touch of vanilla, burnt coffee, belgian yeast, citrusy in the finish with a note of coffee bitterness, booze and heat.
M-silky smooth medium body, crisp carbonated finish.
D-this is an interesting brew with very cool things going on. it is a little hot and boozy in the back but not overtly so. big malt presence, i think there is definitely some juicy hops in there, lots of belgian yeast and a great vinous/wine aspect.
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle thanks to Exiled) near black, great lacing with a medium tan head. Nose of Belgian yeast, sweet chocolate, grass. Taste of Belgian yeast, fudge, bakers chocolate, creamy bitter chocolate finish.