hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours as black as used motor oil after 6 or 7000 miles. Pours syrupy into my tulip glass. Aroma is heavy chocolate and roast, alot of raisins/plums. Taste is very roasty, chocolate, coffee, with raisins, plums, the usual. the finish is lasting roast and bitterness. Alot of alcohol warm in the finish also. the carbonation is light, and the body is thick and syrupy. Damn good. Thanks Brian.
MoritzF (9759) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sampled at the DŁsseldorf RB gathering) Colour is black as tar, almost no head. Moderately sweet roast-malty aroma with coffee, liquorice spice and a whiff of hops. Sweet and spicy flavour, full body, oily texture, smooth carbonation. Hearty roasted malt character with pronounced notes of coffee and liquorice; almost dry, lasting spicy finish with strong coffee notes. Very good.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005: No head on this stout with a sweet berry malt scent. The beer is pitch black in color with burnt coffee taste and hints of berry.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Little to no head on this fine stout. I picked up on some toffee and berry scents. This thing is black as midnight on gorgossium. Flavor has hints of licorice and a faint burnt coffee taste. This is a remarkable stout and one of the best Iíve had.
Re-Rate: 06 bottle. Oily black pour with approx. 1/4 inch tan, rocky head. Minimal lacing. Very rich dark chocolate aroma with some malt characteristics and undertones of anise, dark cherries, currants, hops and alcohol. Thick as hell mouth feel with a slight, lingering tingle. Big chocolate taste along with dark roasted malt and coffee taste. Hints of caramel/toffee that came out the longer it sat. This is one of the prima-donnas of impy stouts Iíve had. I definitely appreciate this much more than the first time I had it. One of the best.
PeteOvertone (13) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is by far the best stout Iíve ever had. At first you think itís heavy because it looks thick on the pour. However, it has a very easy going and smooth aroma. No head on the pour. The first taste was so easy going but very full bodied. A perfect balance between alcohol and hop/malts. The best part is no strong after taste, itís got a dry finish too. Just a great beer. Iím glad I live so close to the Wisconsin border.
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Pitch black stout with minimal dark brown head that laces well. Aroma is very strong roasted malt, chocolate, dark berries, alcohol, and coffee perhaps. Very thick and creamy on the palate. Flavor initially isnít much different from the Kalamazoo stout, but after a second or so it really kicks in. Here you really taste the hops and alcohol. Chocolate, licorice, berries, and roasted malts are a bit overpowered by the hops and high abv towards the end, but still noticeable. I didnít like how this warmed, as the alcohol began to really overpower everything else rather quickly.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter, oily black with no head to speak of. The smell is strong and sweet and has notes of grapes and dark fruit. The taste is very sweet up front with prunes, coffee with cream, vanilla and alcohol. As it warms notes of cocoa come through. Despite the sweet start the finish is strongly bitter. Very complex. There is a lot going on here and this one kind of grows on you.
robinvboyer (4427) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 thanks to hog town harry for this one!
wow this doesnít disapoint!!!
pours out like old nasty jet black motor oil. almost no head, very little carbonation. aroma is dark dark chocolate, cocao, and some coffee. flavour is dark chocolate, burnt malt, licorice, smoke, and overall quite sweet, with a nice bitter backdrop. hides the 11.5% extremely well. extremely easy to drink. beautiful stout!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holla to SoLan for this one. Black pour, zero head. Rousing elicits an ephemeral dark tan head. The rousing released fresh aromas of dark chocolate, sweet candied hops, cocoa, and coffee. The palate is creamy, thick, and perfect. Sharp chocolately roast taste with a hop tinge that lingers pleasantly. Sweet, but never cloying or overtly alcoholic. A great beer.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Man this baby is sweet!! But a little too sweet. I like Bells stuff, but this is a little too malty. Iíll stick to some other rather than pay the big bucks for this.