masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Thick and Jet black. Pours with a thin head that fades into nice lacing. Smells roasty, burnt, slight hops. Taste is intense, coats your mouth, incredibly complex flavors, roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, taste coats your mouth, doesnít seem to go away. An incredible stout, great to put in a snifter and sip for awhile. One of my all time favorite beers.
re-rate notes: I am not going to change my rating here, but, I had this on cask last night and it was really amazing. Like the best bitter sweet chocolate cake you have ever had, but thicker! You canít lose with this beer. I rack my brain trying to think of any way this beer would not be enjoyable, but alas, expy always prevails. Drink it fresh, or drink it with one (or 15) years on it, drink it cold, drink it warm, out of a bottle, on tap, on cask, in a boat, on your roof, with a cat, or with a goose, with a piece of chocolate cake, in a boat while on the lake, in a glass or from a jar, while your wishing on a star, drink it any time of year, drink the stuff to bring good cheer!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle...one of the best tasting imperials that iíve tasted and def lived up to the expectations that i had for it....poured deep, dark, and thick with a decent beige head....aroma was very roasty with a strong dark chocolate component. so good.....taste was very intense, thick and coated my entire mouth. lots of coffee and chocolate goodness. one of the best stouts iíve tasted and will be a favorite of mine.
beerstar (19) - Reston, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2. I fear what could happen to the rest of this case. The first took me off guard. The second hit me in the mood. There was a two week interval. I feel blessed to have ever recieved these gifts in VA. Thank you very much for your gifts Mr. Bell.
millysdaddy (67) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown-black with a large brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, raisin and plums. Thick and creamy texture with flavors of cocoa, coffee, and caramel with just a touch of sea salt and a nice bitter finish. The alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. I like this a lot.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black like motor oil, no head. Seriously syrupy texture, but smooth like butter. The finish is wonderful, truly wonderful. This is a killer beer. The only downfall is that as it warms in the glass, the alcohol becomes a bit overwhelming. I think this would be a better beer if the alcohol was cut in half. Drink with caution. If I were put down more then two pints, I am sure I would walk funny. Cheers.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 pitch black with brown head, the aroma is of very chocolatey. nutty and smooth, itís incredibly drinkable.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured out of a bottle back on 2/20. Body was an Oil can black, with a tan head. Smell and taste more like an ale than a stout. However was very smooth.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Bottle. Pours thick black like motor oil with a massive creamy head with reddish-amber highlights. Notes of malt, coffee, molasses and chocolate on the nose. Complex and massive on the palate. A beer not to be taken lightly. Wow. Original rating 7/5/8/5 17 - 4.2
I rated this beer in the beginning of my rating experience. I definitely need to readjust my rating. The aroma is explosive out of the glass. Loads of sweet, sticky malt, roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon... The only thing I have to take down is the palate. Full bodied, for sure, but lacks just a bit on the finish. I upped my rating, though. This is one truly wonderful beer.
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Boboski. This is pretty much the darkest pour Iíve ever seen. It also has a nice light brown head. Initially the aroma is a bit like a Barleywine with dark fruit and hints of alcohol and olive. There may be a faint malt note somewhere in the background. Thick rich syrupy mouth feel. You could drink this stuff with a fork. Starts off fruity with dates and plums and also a bit of olive. Then silky smooth malts enter the picture with notes of molasses, toffee, burnt malts, chocolate and caramel. Just a truck load of malt flavors bursting from the glass. The flavor fades away slowly seemingly resisting the inevitable diminishment.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - Pours black with a dark brown loose head. Strong aromas of roasted malts, woody and coffee and brown sugar (if that makes any sense...). Many different notes in the flavor; molasses, various roated grain, coffee, anise, rasins and chocolate with some hoppy notes in the finish and a flavor that lingers on the palate. Strong body and good mouthfeel that stands up with the many flavors. Single bottle tasting.