Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Deep, intensely black body with a dense, red velvet colored head. Big, malty nose of caramel, cocoa powder, burnt coffee, overripe fruit, molasses, smoked hickory, anise, alcohol, mild pine and a bit of light sour hint, that I keep wanted to call lactic acid, but Iím not positive. Creamy, soft body with lovely soft, supple carbonation and tongue-hugging viscosity. Like chocolate mousse in the mouth. Amazingly bitter, roasted malt is the obvious draw here. The hops and very burnt malts really dominate from beginning to end. Big chocolate and caramel sweetness bring along notes of vanilla, molasses, cinnamon and more chocolate. The coffee and burnt malt come back toward the end and finish with slighlty warming alcohol and bitterness. This is intense in so many ways. The final gravity of this beer is probably still higher than most of the original gravityís of most beers Iíve had. The bitterness is intense, the sweetness is intense, the velvety body is intense. Maybe a bit too sweet at times, but the potential for this beer is tremendous. I hope Batch 8000 is similar! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Easy 5 for appearance... wonderful deep black pour with a 1/2" creamy whipped caramel head. Aroma picked up lots of chocolate.. both milk and bittersweet, cocoa powder, a more-than-ample dose of bright citrus hoppiness, and some light oak. Flavor was equally powerful and intriguing... sticky dark roasted fruits, bakerís chocolate with a shot of roasty espresso, grapefruit zest, anise, freshly-cut oak, molasses... Smooth, yet powerful on the palate, coating the mouth entirely, and leaving a sticky molasso-choco-hol resin on the lips. Nice bitter transition for the finish, and this one stayed there for a while. Yet another wonderful effort from the boys in K-zoo! MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
dark black pour small tan head nice lacing. Smells of semisweet chocolate roasted malts some alcohol very rich & sweet aroma. Palate is full and well coated lightly creamy. Flavor is a big roasted malt a dry hint of semi sweet chocolate a touch velvity hints of coffee and an odd tang to the finish. Very good but would be better if it mellowed a bit w/ some age. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Rich, tan thick head. Perfectly carbonated. Tangy espresso aroma, some prune stickiness. Overwhelming semisweet chocolate flavor ~ dense, rich and velvety but one-dimensional. Alcohol well-concealed. Finish backs off a bit. Ending is dusty cocoa with a hint of bland bitterness.
I would rate this higher if it was more interesting but then again, maybe my palate is taking a vacation. :) MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Indeed, a more colorful imperial stout. Richly colored thick orangish brown head which remains for some time. Deep brown in color with a corona of flame. A delicate odor of roasted malt, fruit, and hops. Hits that palate smooth, sweet quickly transitioning to a full roasted chocolately flavor and finishing appropriately bitter. This is a great example of how sweat, roasty, and hoppy can all live together in harmony. At 12%, the alcohol content is most certainly well disguised.
TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2006 Blackened ruby. Tiny bubbled ring of light cinnamon froth. Huge nose of fruitcake, alcohol, port, molasses, and cocoa. Light waft of marshmallow, bittersweet chcolate, and aspirin. Velvety carbonation pillars the massive body. Heavily raw upfront with a bombardment of alcohol and cakey malts. Quite heavy on the char, and perhaps to a fault. Burnt cookies and charcoal lend a drying effect while exaggerating the metallic zing, which, along with the slight carbonic prickliness, hinders the body. Roasted grains lay buried beneath the gluey consistency and smoky molasses. Discordant combo of tannins, alcohol, and crunchy char thrusts forth and never relents. Hint of black licorice gels with the meaty yeast, which imparts a noticeable degree of vegetal astringency. Oversweet, as well, with medicine and overripe plums. Finishes pudding-thick and perpetually charred with burnt toffee, black pepper truffles, and deeply caramelized custard notes residing over faint breaths of grapefruit, aspirin, and ashen malt grit. Talk about an unruly monster--Overly yeasty aroma, heavily alcoholic and harsh in the flavor dept., and not a great deal of depth, overall. Far too kitchen sink-ish for me, and doesnít show the slightest bit of direction. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Pours a deep black, like Texas crude. Loads of beautiful brown head. Just gorgeous looking. Aroma knocks you on your feet, but only preps you for the amazingness you will experience later. Aroma is hops and mad mad wicked roast, with a hint of EtOH noticeable. The first sip knowcks you to your feet with flavor. So many flavors, just beautifully meshed., and the alcohol is barely noticeable on the finish. Dry dark chocolate, loads of anise, vanilla, oak, molasses, caramel, pepper, tobacco, and dark fruits are just some of the flavors that stick out. This beer just keep makes you thinking, trying to understand everything that is there. Defintely the thickest beer Ive had, this stuff really is chewy. Oh man, pure goodness. The scariest thing about this beer is that it is still young and will age beautifully, just like Expedition. Its going to be hard to save this stuff for anything longer than a week. temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Pours black with creamy dark brown head. Looks thick. Aroma is mostly all piney hops, perhaps a bit of roast. Kind of reminds me of Yeti. The flavor just kicks you in the mouth on the first sip. Something of a shocker. This is probably the thickest beer Iíve ever sampled. The only other brew that is this thick is Dark Lord. And I think this is thicker. Tastes of bitter hops and roasted grains, finishes with a fair amount of bittersweet chocolate. Itís really quite bitter and Iíd like to know what the IBU count is on this. Iíll bet itís rather high. There are some coffee notes, and the alcohol is apparent. Lots of flavors. I canít get over how damn viscous this stuff is. Itís also extremely young and it shows. The mouthfeel isnít bad, and itís quite heavy on the tounge. I imagine it will become very silky smooth in time. A beer like this needs a good year in the bottle or even two to really come together. This hasnít even been bottled a full month as of this review. In time, this beer is going to transform into something extraordinary, complex and incredibly decadent. Right now itís just too fresh. It is notable however, that for itís age, itís damn good, and that says something about the quality of this brewery. Iím really glad they made this beer. Iíll return in 6 months to check on itís progress.KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2005
At 2 1/2 years old, this stuff has aged quite well.
This is the biggest beet Iíve had in a while, and the first Iíve bothered to enter the rating for in ages. It has a massive tan head the leaves strong lacing behind. It appears black as night, but there is a very dark ruby tone. The alcohol is present in the nose as is the heavy roasted flavor. The mouth feel is very heavy and smooth. The flavor is complex dark chocolate, coffee, pepper, and more. It is good now, but I have to imagine it aging great and smoothing out well over time. jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2005
inky black liquid from the 12 oz bottle. not as opaque as some imperial stouts but its blackness is extraordinarily inviting. aroma is a bit alcoholic, but essentially comprises the spectrum of bells 3 "big" beers: a blend of expedition, third coast, and eccentric ales give it fruit and spice and roast, and the hops are just sort of along for the ride. holy crap, how many ingredients are in this stuff? thereís coriander, pepper, cherry, orange, coffee, dirt, hops, malt....sensory overload. this will become exquisite over the next few years when the alcohol smooths a bit....