jmm635 (953) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured midnight black with a thick, creamy, brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. Sweet malt flavor with some lingering bitterness. A little oaky flavor can be detected. Creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very tasty!
Lowe1983 (1393) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and some molasses. Nice light mouth feel with roasted malts, chocolate, and some belgian yeast. Decent warming on the finish.
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, huge brown head with excellent persistence. Aroma of roast malt, very chocolatey, and raspberry. Extremely smooth roast malt flavor, sweet up front and bitter in back, intense chocolate the whole way, and woody oak character on the finish. Not much linger. Very full body, but not sticky, and moderate carbonation. Fantastic.
douglas88 (7426) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by footbalm. Pours a totally black color with a medium brown head. A strong Belgian Ale nose; spicy and sweet malts, some light roast. The flavor is similar; dominated by spicy Belgian notes, ginger and rye, light chocolate and roast. Interesting.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. Pours extreme black with a tall brown head. The aroma is quite vinous, almost like a merlot, backed up with strong chocolate, roast, earth, rainforest, and a little bit of prune and vanilla. The flavor is chocolate, slight coffee, some vanilla, some pumperknickel, and a little bit of earthy hops. It gets a bit yeasty toward the finish, adding to the bready illusion. This is some pretty tasty stuff.
bth122 (1347) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very dark brown color. Med to full head. Aroma of roast malts and some coffee. Taste is well blend of lite sweetness, and lite to med bitter. Palate is med to full bodied. Creamy texture. Thicker texture. Intersting twist on imp stout. Like the belgium flare added to this. The belgium yeast strain taste comes through. Alcohol comes through also. Good stuff. Def a sipper.
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a complete dark black with a small brown head. No retention and minimal lacing. Alcohol is definitely coming through on the smell along with typical stout hints. Deep malts and chocolate. This tastes like what I would imagine a Quad mixed with an Imperial Stout would taste like, plus a bunch of alcohol. Except I would have thought it would taste better. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Warming alcohol feeling as you drink. Not all that great. The alcohol was a little too powerful for me
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a medium sized dark brown head that produced a bit of lacing. The aroma was strong cherry, molasses, licorice, raisin, rum, cocoa and wood. The flavor was very strong sweet cocoa with moderate molasses, cherry, rum, raisin, vanilla and toasty malts. The finish was long with cocoa, vanilla and cherry lingering. The body was thick, full and smooth. The alcohol was fairly well hidden at first but became more prominent as the beer warmed. Incredible.
alexsdad06 (7220) - Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours black in color with a large fluffy tan head. The aroma is a hefty dose of roasted malt, Belgian yeast, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of bananas. The flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla, roast, some yeast and a hint of smoke. I thought there was more going on with the aroma that didn’t translate into the taste. Medium plus bodied and decent. There are too many options that are superior to this to revisit it.
Nuffield (3899) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I’m surprised that it rates so low (3.64). It pours with a big head that settles beautifully (if slowly) to a dark black beer with a lovely rich brown head. It has some rich Belgian qualities--defeating the all encompassing thickness and sickliness of the most over-the-top imperial stouts--but still retains the best of them (the Impy stouts) too. Rich fruit, especially in the finish, with raisin and grape and hint of port. I love it. And for $9 for a large bottle, it’s a pretty good deal for a special bottle for a dinner. I paired it with chili on a cold, snowy night (the night of a 16-inch snowfall in St. Paul) and it was excellent.