frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Widmer: Nearly black in color with a thin kahki head. Chocolate, licorice and very light coffee in the aroma. Moderate roast, chocolate, some light berry notes and a touch of marshmallow. Not bad.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at PIB. Black colored with a long-lived tan head. Good lacing. Nice roasted grain aroma, chocolate and coffee. Medium to full bodied, lower carbonation level. Chocolate roasted flavors. Quite solid, alcohol is non-detectible.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster @ PIB. pours a black, ruby when held to light color. Low apparent hop, roasted coffee arome. A very yeasty beer. Lots of raosted malt flavor, with playful hints of chocolate. A pretty solid stout.
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great stout had this at the (PIB) Portland International Beerfest. Started with a good strong flavor. This had a bite and it carried throughout the beer. Nice head and a great finish. I liked this Stout. Perfect stout for a good cold day I would drink another for sure.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Had it on the tour at Widmer, and they really, really build it up, and deservedly so. Dark as night, and lovely with a bit of chocolate.
Ungstrup (30790) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
[At GABF 2004] A pitch black beer with an orange head. The arom is great with loads of chocolate as well as notes of coffee. The flavor is also great: sweet with notes of chocolate turning towards prunes to end up like coffee on a subtle background of alcohol.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, RBSG 2004.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of brown sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, velvety/creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Rich, yummy stuff.
motelpogo (7244) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
perkeo brought out some pretty good widmers at his place. this was pretty black with a slight brown head. nice roast chocolate aroma with a little plum. pretty full, some chocolate coated mandarin flavours and nicely warming, just the thing as the evening cooled down
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2004: Pours a transparent dark brown with a thin light tan head. Not much here aroma-wise, even has some hints of adjuncty lager yeast with some chocolate milk. Starts with some caramel candy sweetness turning mildly sticky, but dry, toward a finish that masks the alcohol well. This could use some more balance and complexity, but does go down smooth. I was a bit disappointed with this.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. A full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and cherries. Hops are slightly spicy and bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth, nearly oily. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. There is a malt roastyness that appears after a while and lasts a long time.