jake65 (2521) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - FEB 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
KLCC Microbrewfest ’09, Rating #1400: Near black pour with a nice sized brown head. Aroma is rich and sweet with a caramlized sugar and roasty blend. Some bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is deep with roastiness, more chocolate, coffee, and some hop bitters. Complex, yet well balanced and intense. Excellent!
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Gasthaus in a maskrug--Abysmal opaque black body with a thin tan head. Deep, thick, roasty, coffee, toffee, chocolate flavor. Finished big and slightly sweet and boozy. Don’t drink a krug of this on an empty stomach (hurl!)
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Widmer: Black in color, huge tannish head, very foamy, clingy lacing. Nose of heavy roasted malts and bitter hop goodness. Rich burnt malts on the
tongue, slight soy and milk sugar. Sweet yet with a heavy roasted malt bitterness. A little rough, but heavy and big enough to appreciate.
Not one of your lighter stouts. Strong, robust, even if it does sting a little. Lingering hop and lactose elements. Rich bitter roasted
malts throughout. Great example of the style, but perhaps a little young. I wish I had some bottled to let sit for a few years.
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap At Widmer Brothers brewery/pub in Portland OR. pours out a black topped with a tan head. A nice mix of malt and smoke.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just being in close proximity to this beer will give you impressions of espresso-laden chocolate alchohol. Putting the glass to your face only reassures that impression with full force. The espresso in this beer isn’t the cleanest I’ve tasted, but it may be the chewiest. Wow: smokey, bready and tons of cloying here. I could taste this beer several minutes after finishing it - the malt seems to stick to your teeth and coat the palate. The finish is very nice, gives you a good lasting impression. Good stout, great finish.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Widmer Gasthaus, Portland brewhouse. Dark. In fact black as not much light showed through. Medium tan head that lasted for a while. Malts and chocolate. The richness hides the alcohol. Very smooth. This is a really good brew.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy! Just a tad on the roasty side and the dry mouthfeel. This is a killer stout. The aroma is all dark chocolate and coffee, there is just a bit of smokiness there as well. Huge chocolate taste, syrupy and oily in the mouthfeel with some great hoppiness turning really dry in the finish.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a dark mahogany body with an average-sized tan head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor of sweet and dark chocolates, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of smokiness in the finish. Dry mouthfeel.
jackamackson (127) - USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this at widmer gasthaus. dark near black pour, with a small tan head. smells like an IS. roasty and coffee-y. full mouthfeel. lots of chocolate coffee and roast malt in there. slightly hoppy and alcoholic finish. a pretty good IS, very drinkable.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Bottled from draft. I hear this beer is no longer going to be brewed by Widmers, which is a crying shame. Pour like any well made Imp, opaque, almost black, moderate brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey, with some toffee & roast flavors in the background. Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly acidic. Full and viscous mouth feel. Hops kind of linger on into the finish. A fine beer.