mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2007
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
(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
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 (6628) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2007
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
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 – 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
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
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 isn’t 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. it’s super-creamy, very silky and nice tasting. there is a mild-to-moderately strong presence of alcohol, but it doesn’t impede on the great taste. it’s an excellent beer. diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle at the Düsseldorf 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
# 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... i’m at a loss for words... expect this review to change at least one more time.... Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2007
12 oz bottle of black gently used motor oil with a topping of caramel brown foamy head. Malty chocolate aroma is very sweet and very inviting with notes of coffee. Wow! First taste is even better then anticipated. Very heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Very silky smooth palate with great bitter warmth and excellent malt/hops combo. Creamy finish, warmth stays with you for awhile. God I love stouts