johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I think other raters have summed up the flavor of this beer just as well as I could. I just want to say that this is an amazing beer. At the time I had this beer, I thought I had a decent feel on what a good beer was. Then I tasted this beer. It changed everything for me. Beers that I would have rated highly dropped down a couple pegs after this beer. It is great and a must try for everybody that appreciates good beer...just great.
mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THIS BEER IS VERY DARK WITH A BROWN HEAD. IT POURS THICK FROM THE BOTTLE. IT HAS A SMOKED MALTY AROMA WITH HINTS OF COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE IN EVERY DROP. THERE IS DEFINITELY A PRESENCE OF ALCOHOL IN THIS BEER. oNE 12 OUNCE BOTTLE IS ENOUGH FOR THE NIGHT.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle (stamped "7205") via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!, cellared for 11 mos. after trade) A fine imp stout, rich and port-like...Pours thick-looking, very, very dark brown, virtually black. Very thin brown head recedes to ring around the edge. Aroma of coffee, port/wine and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel very smooth but pretty chalky throughout. Lightly sticky in finish. Thin, fine sloppy lacing. Flavor is roasty coffee and dark bitter chocolate along with a hint of cherry-like fruitiness. Port wine dances in and out. Gets more interesting as it warms. Alcohol very well-hidden. Very good, not quite all I had hoped but a nice experience. Think I was hoping for more amazing complexity and was surprised by the chalkiness.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This dark, black stout has a tan head that holds up well when poured. An excellent aroma akin to bourbon, chocolate and caramel with a similar taste that lingers with a strong, thick body.
Beer5000 (6266) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
650 ml bottle. Completely black body with a small brown head. Roasted, malty, chockolate and coffee aroma. Also some smoke and alcohol in aroma, rather complex. Flavor is just wonderful, well balanced cornucopia of goodies. Coffee, smoke malt, warming alcohol, dry fruit, chocolate, dry fruit, overcooked sweet cherry jam, port, sexy hops - just name it! This little bastard got it all. One bottle of this beer and you find yourself in nirvana and are just about to make a commitment to never drink a beer below 10 abv anymore. I might change my mind later regarding this commitment, but this is I where I am right now.
AngryJohnny (3) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle - very dark, almost black. The head was thin and brown but lightened as it dissipated. It has a subtle, malt aroma. A very full flavor however Ė thick and nutty with notes of coffee and chocolate. A detectable alcohol presence but creamy and well balanced, a very nice beer.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep brown/black, the exact color the motor oil in my ’77 Granada used to get every 3500 miles or so. It is topped by an inch of dark auburn brown foam. Moderate head retention. Nice aroma of roasted malt and fresh ground coffee.
The flavor is just nuts: thick roasted or even burnt malt. Thick French roast coffee. Thick bitter chocolate. Thick kahlua. Tons of big flavors all over the place, and yet wonderfully in balance with each other. Velvety smooth, full bodied, softly carbonated.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 bottle purchased from the party source in kentucky. pours as black as oil or tar. the head was extremely thin, somewhere between burnt orange and brown. the aroma isnít overwhelming (but i have a cold right now, so that could change when i consume the next bottle), but i caught a hint of coffee. the taste is heavily coffee-infused with chocolate notes. itís super-creamy, very silky and nice tasting. there is a mild-to-moderately strong presence of alcohol, but it doesnít impede on the great taste. itís an excellent beer.
diabel (1686) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the DŁsseldorf Gathering. Muddy, black body. Brown head, pours like sirupe. Aroma of strong malts with hints of fruits. Moderately bitter, moderately sweet flavour. Very high viscosity, like drinking liquor or some kind of medicine. Lovely complexity.
proqxis (7) - USA - JAN 7, 2007 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
# 7251- this is awesome. alcohol is strong but its part of the aesthetic... the skillful way in which the brew plays out in my drinking experience... iím at a loss for words... expect this review to change at least one more time....