biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours a liquid night - darker than dark. A nice thick tan head that never seemed to go away. Aroma is chock full roasted malt and chocolate. A hint of fruits. This is what all other stouts should want to be when they grow up! This is really a stout & a half. Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 When this beer was poured I could not believe how dark it was. I nick named this beer Motor Oil. I must admit that I am not worhty of this beverage. I split this bottle with a friend and I pity those who attempt to take it on themselves. Flavors of coffee and some fruits rushed my palate. I fell asleep immediately after consumption. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Pours a dark, dark pitch black (no light was getting through this darkness) with an average creamy dark tan lacing head that sustained. Looks wonderful. The aroma is great with some sweet roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, cherry, dark fruits, Flavor was coffee, chocolate, apple, roasted malts, and a good amount of bittering hops at the tail. Thick, rich and creamy. Alcohol well hidden as you drink it, does start to warm you up quickly though. Glad I picked up a case of this. Will be very interesting to see how it changes and blends with age. KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
Thick thick thick. Black too. I love the deep thick coffee-ish-ness of this. Very strong with the alcohol. I didn’t really notice it in the taste, but you could tell while and after drinking this. Amazing stuff. chicagobears (473) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Poured like tar into a snifter. Really thick, dense black, tan on the outer rim, no head. I’m following this up after an Old Rasputin. The aroma is coffee and mildly toxic. The taste is more substance than liquid. Not sure how they fit this all into one bottle. A charred bitterness, dark chocolate, oily, and really robust. I find this to be more of a sensory overload than a craft beer. I’m suprised to find the Bell’s Kalamazoo had more defintion to its flavor. Still really enjoying the hell out of it. This puts the Stout in Stout!
Second tasting. Poured from a foot above glass. I made a mess. The beer rose and exploded, which was good. Wanted to make sure this wasn’t motor oil. The taste was of soy, bitter maple, chocolate, and coffee. Overly sweet and bitter. Bigger the better? Not for me. I’ll see what these do with some aging.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2006
can’t get enough of this one! full, rich flavor, one of the finer stouts available in michigan if not anywhere TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 bottle. all ive got to say is mmmm. ive taken one sip. yummy. dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, roasty malt, alcohol, and a bit of hop bitterness make this one delicous taste on the palate. very thick and rich, but not overly so. intense and over the top, but i love it. Want to get some more bottles of this stuff and age them. Had this one bottle, and felt compelled to drink it as it began to snow here in Massachusetts. BIg Thanks to captaincougar for this freebie! ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2006
Had this paired with FFF Dark Lord in a tasting with Crosling. (PROPS TO CROSLING!!!!) Talk about sensory overload!
Vigorous pour into a tulip glass produces a black opaque body under a decent light brown reverse-cascading head.
Smell of dark chocolate covered raisins, prunes, malty malt on malted malt.
Taste of intense sweet malt, chocolate malt, raisins, figs, charred apples(?), espresso, rye bread and pepper. Ridiculously intense.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, like a melted chocolate malt.
Very drinkable for 11.5%. Wowow. Dangerous.
Overall, this is the most incredible beer for the money I’ve ever had: at $2.50 for a 12-ounce bottle (= 20.83 cents per ounce), it is nearly as good as Dark Lord, which is $15 for 22 ounces (=68.2 cents per ounce).
So . . . for those 364 days a year when you can’t lay your hands on a Dark Lord, this is a great and very affordable next best.
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured the darkest opaque brown with a lighter brown head of minimal size that quickly recedes to the edge of the glass. An awe inspiring aroma sets the mood for this exceptional beer. A deep dark chocolate scent dominates an ever so slight and tantalizing alcohol scent that mixes with a rich spiciness. A blast of flavor accompanies the first sip, a full bodied, chewy choclatey flavor at first that parts way to an array of rich sweet flavors and a hint of pleasingly bitter coffee in the finish. Impressive. uclaw2007 (4) - USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
Bottle. Poors ooey black with little to no head. Slightly malty, chocolate, molasses nose with faint hint of burnt malt. Hoppiness hit like a ton of bricks on first taste, but not as apparent on second, third, etc. Very good beer...would purchase again and cellar for a year or so then try again.