treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Reminds me VERY MUCH of DFH’s WWStout. Pours a very dark black with a tinge of deep ruby at the top of the glass. Not much of an aroma to speak of save for the slight hint of alcohol. I’d bet that having the WW alongside of this one would be a great comparison to make. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Aroma is quite sweet. Scent is very malty and roasty with hints of prune, raisins, and smoke. Poured thick and dark black with a medium-sized, creamy, dark brown head that lasted throughout. Great lacing. Opaque. Flavor is moderately sweet and a little bitter. Roasted malts dominate, and are accompanied by cream, chocolate, a little alcohol, some smoke, and just enough hops to create a very good balance. Full body. Thick, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish is both sweet and malty and lightly bitter and creamy. Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Pours muddy black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is complex, heavily malty; roasted malts and molasses, dark chocolate and strong coffee. Hoppy; lightly or pine. Yeasty; moderatly of broth, dark fruits a hint of vinilla and licorice. Flavor starts heavily sewwt and moderatly bitter and finishes more balanced, Sweet and desert like, dark roasted fruits, chocolate malts and a bit of coffee in the end. Medium to full bodied, creamy and softly carbonated, Excellent! VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Black body with a brown head. Big chocolate, malty aroma. Rich roasted malt, chocolate, slightly smokey flavor. Dry, roasted aftertaste. Big, rich excellent beer Nephilium (1817) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Batch 7696. This starts off pouring black, with a thin tan head. There’s an aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, smoke, and an underlying sweetness. The flavor has a strong coffee and smoke taste to it, with a very thick mouthfeel. A bit too sweet for my preferences, I enjoy things going to the bitter side. I am curious what will happen to this after a year or so in the cellar.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2007
dark, strong coffee, strong chocolate. very well balanced, nice dynamic sip profile. doesn’t become ’work’ after 10-12 oz like the dark lord seemed to. smooth and wonderful. i need to have this again and rerate it. Rerate: smells pretty hoppy and tastes pretty smoky. surprisingly short flavor profile. hop/bitter finish is definitely there. ultimately a difficult beer to decide on: very good at what it is, but i prefer other less balanced impys...... RERATE FOR REAL this time: pretty great looking. i like how the millimeter head is sticking around to give me company. aroma is fucking fantastic. it is actually super subtle, but i get tons of meat. i mean, i let this warm up a lot before opening it, but i’m seriously getting rauchbier type smoke in this thing. trace hops and some chocolate as well. mouthfeel is perfect. taste was initially a bit of a letdown, some chalk and metal, a bit dry, and then the back end had a lot of warming alcohol (welcome in this case). god that texture is exactly what i want. perfect temp, too. a few sips later i get a lot of sweetness on my lips early. god this is alcoholic.... 20 mins later. this really doesnt taste as good as a handful of RIS’s i’ve had. other aspects are near perfect though. though the smokiness in the relative absence of coffee/chocolate/vanilla takes off a point on aroma. boilers (13) - USA - MAY 10, 2007
An amazing pour...great chocolate color. Aroma is interesting but not as complex as I would have thought. Flavor is actually a bit overpowering for me... BigBeer45 (1531) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 Bottle-batch 7205: molasses fragrance when the cap was removed, a black pour that left a brown film on the glass when swirled, dark tan head, sweet malt, chocolate, earthy, and bitter coffee aromas, lots of roasted malt, a touch of soy saltiness, very smooth creamy mouth feel of lots of roasted malt, sweet malt, coffee and chocolate flavors, some bitterness in the mouth, some burnt malt flavors, this is great!
A full mouth of flavors that lingers on the palate, I see this going along well with any desert, I could hardly sense the alcohol in the mouth, it is hidden well, you could pour this over cake and eat it! rating - 9-4-9-9-5-18...................................... Bottle-batch 7817: a black pour, few bubbles but a brown lacing left on the glass, chocolate, earthy, coffee and roast malt aromas, some bitter chocolate, chocolate dominates the nose over the other fragrances, molasses and vanilla fragrances, chocolate cake mix fragrances, creamy mouth feel, taste of chocolate, bitter coffee and roasted malt, full mouth feel, there is a hop bite but it is minimal, this batch is smooth right out of the bottle without much aging (this was bottled Feb. 1, 07), I have had Exp. that were not that great fresh, this is great!
Like a dessert in a glass, some alcohol but it is hidden well, the alcohol grows as it warms but it does not distract from the enjoyment of this drink, I think this batch is better then 7205 from a little more then a year ago, great brew Bell’s!
dpbhoosier (51) - USA - MAY 7, 2007
Bottle. Dark with thin head. Smooth and rich, chocolaty. The aroma is as good as they come. Sweet but not too much. A bit much alcohol finish, or I’d rank it a notch or 2 higher. dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Pours dark with a thin dark head. Flavors are predominantly coffee and chocolate. I feel this beer is the best priced beer you will ever find.