FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2006
12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small dark brown head. Heavy fusel alcohol aroma with dates and raisins. Bitter chocolate, caramelized sugar, molasses flavors. Very hot finish with residual coffee bean and cocoa bitterness. Mouthfeel is very heavy, thick and cloying. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Many thanks to drewbeerme for this bottle. Opaque brown-black body, medium tight ochre head. Potent, sweet aroma of honey, soy, and molasses, with alcohol and hints of almond. Starts sweet, with honey, soy, red grapes, and burnt sugars, with a sharp warming alcohol bite. These flavors subside to a long, roasty finish, a pleasant surprise in a beer of this ABV and sweetness. Heavy body, syrupy and sticky. I like the finish, which dries out the cloying sticky sweetness present at the beginning and middle of the palate. However, this beer is another case of too much sugar and soy, though the alcohol is reasonably subdued. In the bid to be extreme, Mephistopheles overreaches what it could have been. Still, this is worth acquiring and perhaps cellaring for a bit. DocLock (10653) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
First off, a huge thanks to Ohio Dad for this one!! It’s no secret that I love big beers, be they stouts or IIPAs or anything, for that matter. The pour was blacker than a raven, so black, in fact, that it seemed to glisten in the glass. The head was minimal, as expected, and perhaps the brownest I’ve seen. The aroma was huge, with tons of dark malt, chocoff, Black strap molasses, rum-soaked plum pudding, some cherry, and some oaky bourbon. The palate was extremely dense, like molasses, throwing huge taste sensations at the taste buds. I got chocoff, dark malt, molasses, rummy black forest cake, plums, prunes, and some maple syrup. This beer is huge. The only reason I am deducting a tenth is because the final swigs get a little on the cloyingly sweet, sticky, and hot side. This is very similar to the Samael’s in that regard. By way of comparison, I had an Impy the same weekend I drank this one that was a bit better holistically, and I will rate that one shortly (and that one is from Kalamazoo). ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bro brought this up from Orlando. probably the thickest blackest beer i’ve ever had or seen. dark brown head. Aroma, strong roasted malts, ripe fruit, cherries, and mocha. taste is similar, very sweet, smooth and thick. sooo good. wish i could get this in Maine. mephisto (1287) - TAIWAN - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 jan 2006 bottle. jet black with thin brown head. extremely rich and chocolatey; it’s creamy and roasty.
overrated; good, but not anything out of ordinary. it does hide alcohol very well.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle. Well this did not disappoint. Pours almost black with a nice brown head that dissipates slowly. Very strong aromas of coffe and malts and a hint of toffee. Flavor is sweet, with tones of roasted malts and caramel. Very thick body, very sweet finish, I could not really notice the alcohol. In fact this is very similar to the DFH WW Stout. Excellent. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 12 oz bottle (bottled Jan. 2006, Bach 1 – Alcohol 15.1% by Volume): gigantic frothy light chocolate head, that eventually bubbles into a thin, rocky film. Dark, blackish red body; opaque. Fairly wicked, hot-alcohol aroma mixed well with dark, juicy black cherries, rich chocolate, and a fairly strong hop bitterness. Tar, currants, burnt raisins and oak take a back seat, but show through as it warms. Overly sweet, mushy cherries and plums…the sugar is left all over the lips, tongue and sides of the mouth. Palate is a creamy, but surprisingly thin and the rich chocolate and hop bitterness is quickly lost in the sweetness. Pretty tasty, but the residual and lasting sweetness is a bit much…nice job hiding the alcohol though… Beaver (1790) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 12 oz bottle, bottled on Jan 2006. Pours an opaque black with brown highlights with a creamy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin film.Cobra (1100) - - MAY 12, 2006
The aroma is musty, sweet, slightly sour fruitiness and vinous alcohol.
The flavor is a big burst of extremely sweet candy-like sugar that dominates. There’s some slight sharp alcohol (but it is rather well hidden by all the sweetness), and also some dark fruits. A little roasted bitterness tries to pop its head out at the end, but is quickly smothered by sugars. As it warms, more alcohol and anise comes out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall, this definitely didn’t live up to the hype. It’s drinkable but way too out of balance with all the sugary sweetness. Way too much for me.
Bottled in Jan. 2006. Batch number one.
Poured out a deep, dark, chocolate brown, with a huge mocha colored head. Aromas are of rum soaked, chocolate covered cherries right off the bat. Espresso coffee, toffee, slightly sour malty flavors. Thick body, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Strange fruity aftertaste. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but burns your gut when swallowed. A very good RIS, IMHO. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 10, 2006
12 oz bolle, dated Jan 06, Batch 1. Thanks to The_Epeeist! Black with a nice brown head that never goes away. Nose is pungent, complex - fruity, with prune, black cherry, chocolate, grape - almost cordial in nature, with a pleasant sweet roastiness. The flavor is very bold - sweet black cherry, light prune, chocolate liqueur. Definate alcohol warmth in the gullet. Body is thick, oily. It will be interesting to see how this matures.