brauen (25) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 BIG BEER! Very dark almost opaqe color, dark tan head. Smells of roated malts coco and toffee, very hoppy also. Tastes incredible, can be overpowering if you try and drink it in haste. Definatly sit back and enojy this great stout.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. What a fine beverage this is. Dark as night - smells like a barrel of coffee beans and malt. First sip is velvety, sweet and hoppy. Undertones are strong delicious malts mixed with coffee and chocolate. I can honestly say that this is one of top stouts I have ever had, possibly only trumped by Speedway stout and Dark Lord. I actually think I like this better than the Dark Lord. Itís that good.
cheap (5544) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2006
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 Scary black or dark brown die appearance. I thought I was ruining my three stooges glass. Very creamy smooth terribly bitter taste. Is this beer? Somewhat like cherries or plums soaked in whiskey. Very little if any carbonation. Did you ever chew freeze dried coffee or burnt dark roasted coffee beans?......eeeeeeeeow. Naturally astringent bitterness clinging long after the finish, wonít go away. Every sip a little bit tuffer to swallow. Use a shotglass for this. Wow, I thought Lion stout was bbbaddahhh. I think the oil in my shovel head harley must taste like this when I drain it out, smells the same. Youíll love this if you like to torture yourself. Ideal with a rrrreeeeeal strong cigar like an Avo or CAO dark. Was hoping my first beer above a site rated 4 would be a better experience than this. Will not buy again. Terribly overrated.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 200th Rating!!! Bottle - Batch 7251. Deep, Black as night pour with dark caramel-colored head. wonderful aroma of toasty-malt, caramel-sweetness, and choco-coffee. Deep, rich, European chocolate-roasty taste with a great mouthfeel. Dances on the pallet. Wow! This beats not only most after dinner beers, but probably any dessert out there. Will have to grab more for the winter and future years.
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blackest pour. Strong smell, very complicated aroma / flavor. Coffee, Dark roasted fruits, nuts, and spicy hops. Very strong malt combination. Quite a drink. Canít stand more than one bottle. This is a sharer.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle @ Coles, Buffalo NY. Black as can be & better than advertised. Huge malt-chocolate-coffee. Definately a sipper that you want to savor for a while. Canít wait for the next trip to Chicaco so I can go back to Sams & load up again
WeeHeavySD (3383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Courtesy of KAME. Long awaited enjoying this brew with a friend who longed to have it as much as me. This brew was well worth the wait. Pours an extremely thick black body with a small thin brown head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was intense and potent with notes of coffee and smoke. The taste matched the aroma but was even more delicious with a very roasty coffee and caramel vibe. The taste filled my mouth and a smoky roasty feeling stayed with me long after each sip. This beer has a great full mouth feel. The aftertaste helps emphasize the fantastic deliciousness of this brew. Get it if you can and enjoy as long as possible.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to sprinkle for this bottle, holy hell, this sucker poured motor oil black, and i mean black with a thick brown head. aromas of coffee, toffee, roasted marshmellow. this creamy mouthfeel with a pungent roasted flavor, delicious, backed up with copious amounts of hops. great finish that lingered. this was a meal in a snifter. bellís beers donít do to much for me but this one was great.
POD (198) - USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This stout came highly recommended to me. As of this writing itís listed as the #9 beer on the Rate Beer Top 50. This stout poured like motor oil with a burnt umber hue. The 2 finger brown foam head burst with heavy roast malt aroma and spices. As the brew warmed to room temp within my mug, the aromas tantalized me to a point where I couldnít wait for my first sip. My oral cavity was greeted with silky smooth sweet blasts of coffee, malt and chocolate swirling in a pool of hoppy goodness. With each sip I tasted more and more carmel and coffee. A long lingering rich roast carmel aftertaste allowed plent of time to nurse this wonderful Imperial. This is one of the best best beers that Iíve drank to date. I will consume more of these as I relax in front of my fireplace this winter. My highest recommendation!
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick jet black color with a medium amount of heavy whipped dark brown head. Never seen head this dark before. Roasted malt aroma with some bitter sweetness, maybe sour cherries, and a bit of mocha cofee. Flavor is very bitter and coffeeish. Mouthfeel extremely heavy. Like drinking a bitter mocha drink.