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 (1278) - 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.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2004 pour. Not as black in color as I expected. As we held it to the light it actually let some rays through, it’s almost a deep brown-black with a light tan head. Roasted malty nose with coffee hints, very nice but doesn’t separate itself from the best. Nice full mouthfeel, more malts, some chocolate flavor, some bitterness. I liked this one but it wasn’t stellar......heck, I’d love to find it in a bottle here in FL, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it out. That’s something given how much I like the style.
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 (5328) - 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 (34013) - 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 (7247) - 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.