mnemonic (1) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009 does not count
One of the best beers I’ve ever had. I love the stout, but this one gives lots of chocolate and roast coffee notes, with a very smooth finish and likable aftertaste! mezr (158) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours blacker than a thousand midnights. Like a black hole devouring all light that attempts to pass through. A thin, small but creamy head forms slowly. At the onset the aroma is so obviously coffee, but then it begins to divide itself into many different coffees. Dark roast, espresso, even mild. Hints of chocolate? Can the taste ever live up to its bouquet? As I slowly tip the glass I’m at first leery, and fearful of disappointment. But then I’m taken away and actually get chills across my shoulders and back. All the complexity and wonderful diversity of the aroma is maintained … no … surpassed as I get near giddy at the sheer joy of the experience. All the while, that wonderful coffee presence at its core. Soft carbonation, a bit sticky, it leaves me smacking and licking my lips wanting to make sure that I don’t miss a single opportunity for pleasure. I bought this about a month ago, and it states right on the bottle that it’s best if aged 6 to 24 months. Bottled on 8/4/2009 would have meant I’d have to wait until around March of 2010! Alas … I wasn’t strong enough. Then again, if waiting meant it could be even better, I’m not sure I could have survived the experience. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Aroma: Alot of roasted coffee. Appearance: Pitch black with a small tan head. Flavor: Roasted coffee. Palate: Medium to full bodied with a sweet lingering finish. Overall: A killer coffee stout. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2009
(bottle - 750 ml) Got this in a trade from jb. Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is full of roasted coffee and roasted malt notes. Flavor is much the same. Tons of roasted flavors explode throughout the beer. A smooth and heavily roasted middle gives way to a roasty and coffee-like finish. Outstanding. boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours black with a thin tan head. Heavy coffee smell. Has a huge coffee taste. It’s basically black coffee with carbonation and ABV.
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle courtesy of GorditoABD. Thanks Chris! Pours a deep oily black with a thin damn near nonexistent tan head. Nose is of roasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and some light smoke and tobacco. The first taste didnt impress me as I thought it would but the second did, as did every sip from there foreward. Taste reflects the mentioned aromas, heavy on the chocolate. Damn good beer..wish I had a few more to drink....especially right now. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 Sampled courtesy of a BA at the Flossmoor Oktoberfest (Flossmoor, IL). Poura a thick cloying opaque black with a decent brownish head that laces fairly well. Aromas are caramel and toffee sweetness, roasted malts at large, dark chocolate chip cookies, vanilla, and a touch of soy. This has a lot going for it. Initial is thick, sweet with chocolate, coffee, roasted and caramel malts, thick on the palate with cookies, roast, not much ashy char. Decent bitterness on the finish, but not enough to cover the thick and cloying nature. A big beer, a good beer, would like to try fresh. A bit overrated, overall. A solid Imperial Stout. AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, and burnt malts. Notes of vanilla, nuts, caramelized malts, and a tiny bit of hops. On the palate, it is chewey and velvety, coating the throat all the way down. The flavor brings out a bit of a whiskey/oak taste, but it really brings out the coffee presence. It leaves a nice alcohol burn and finishes rather dry. Very enjoyable, but not a very sessionable beer. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Very dark brown, has a very pleasant walnut burl type cast to it, slight dark tan head formation. Very pleasant coffee and vanilla aroma. Slight ethanol contribution but muted given the ABV. Very roasty, toasted malt flavor, replete with coffee. Sinuous, slightly oily and lightly bitter finish, lingering dark chocolate. Not as sweet and thick as you’d expect from a beer this large. Very nice. drjay44 (3852) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Pitcher pour at 2009 GABF. Pours a thin mocha head over a dark brownish-black (SRM 38) clear body......nose is heavy coffee, chocolate, vanilla molasses....taste is similar with rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla, then molasses, finishing slightly sharp....mouth feel is thick and heavy, carbonation creamy. A thick heavy, rich coffee/chocolate combination, which I rated down because of the sharp finish. Tasting 9/26/09.