meadlover1959 (14) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice, dark malty beer. A good example of the style. May be a bit bitter for some.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured thick oily black with a dark brown head. I could see the oily nature of this beast as it was poured. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, and dark fruits with the roasted malt sticking out the most. This had a warming alcohol flavor. The chocolate taste was bitter due to the hops and it finished with a roasted nut aftertaste. The body was tremendously thick and malty. The alcohol hid some of the flavors I was hoping to taste more of.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 I had a 2004 and 2002 with a few hours of each other. The 2004 was good. Roasty caramel scents. Nice and thick with the darkest tint ive seen. Malty, hoppy, roasty, caramel, chocolate, consumes the mouth. The 2002 version is very similar, only better in every way. Aroma fills your whole head with roastiness. Much thicker and every flavor is much more distinct and represented then the 2004 bottle. Amazing.
1995 12oz bottle at bells 20th anniversary party. Pours slowly forming a thick black and brown substance in the glass. head is deep brownish/redish/.slightly purple color. Smells like a fresh bottle of hersheys syrup, some heavy roast and coffee, topped with a slight note of alcohol. Hits your mouth with a foamy chocolate head. Roast and chocolate take over your mouth. Finishes with a slight bitterness and hints of alcohol in your throat.
Louipa (121) - USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Roasty, toasty, malty good hops to balance. Chocolaty. Very dark and thick. You canít tell this beer is high alcohol its so thick. Tasty as hell though and for the price Iíd buy it again and again. Like it alot. :)
kane (111) - USA - MAR 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What is this dark abyss I have been consumed by. My word, I was just going over the top 50 thinking how many of them were Impís and how skewed it was and then I tried this monster. The darkest beer I have ever seen, opaque with a small brown head. Aroma is powerful, full of chocolate, grass, spring rain, fond, and alcohol. The taste is just as complex. A full mouthfeel, silky, oily, dry. Taste of dried grass, chocolate, coffee, bitterness. No flaws, a very well balanced beer. Luxurious in every sensation.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iím surprised that it took me this long to try this top ten brew. Itís been sitting under my nose for several years. I suppose the $13.99/6 pack price scared me away a little bit, but when you consider that itís just $2.33 a bottle for a beer of its stature, thatís not bad at all. And, it lives up to its billing. Milk chocholate aroma with no hint of alcohol. Huge brown, fine-bubble head that slowly cascades up through the engine oil body. Beautiful lace. Not used to seeing lace this dark. Head is lasting. Really tasty. I like this about the same as the Town Hall Czar Jack that I had last night. This is subtler. Hops are apparent but in the background. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Chunks at the bottom of the glass. Some chalk. Very fine.
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A pleasant gift from my bro in MI. So black it seemed to ooze from the bottle. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Great taste, great appearance, great smell, a fun enjoyable stout. Little evidence of 11.5 abv. Deserves to be at the top of any list.
Crockett (1109) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown with a big creamy brown head. Very deep, but soft aroma. Earthy chocolate, heavily roasted. Thick smooth mouthfeel. Very bittersweet cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla flavours. Deep roasted coffee and cream. Long lived finish. Beautiful example. Big, round, complex and fun to drink. I would love to have this stuff kicking around at all times.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Nice amount of coffee colored head, particularly for a stout. Aroma is strong on malts, and a little burnt scent is there as well. Huge taste of coffee and malts, as well as that same burnt taste, which is what sits on my tounge as the aftertaste. Body is enormous, an almost viscous texture, almost like motor oil. The tail has a little bit more of an alcohol bite than I prefer, but otherwise, just an excellent brew. Looking forward to aging some of this, interested to see how it can possibly get better.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. After 2 terrible tastings tonight, I decided to pull out one of the Ratebeer "Big Boys" to save the day. It truly was salvation. Pours black as the Ace of spades with no real head to speak of, just some dark tan bubbles that cling to the side of the glass like cobwebs... chunks of sediment splashed up and hit me in the face as I poured, and we have lots of floaters in the glass. Nose is of raisins, prunes, fully roasted malts, some light hop aroma sneaks in and some malt sweetness as well, sort of like a liqueur. Burnt toffee and burnt toast hit the buds at first as a creamy, buttery, and silky liquid eases across the tongue and slides down the throat. Thick viscous body with not much carbonation, but nice.... never had a brew like this in terms of palate. Very nice beer. I sure wish that my Uncle JZ was still with us to enjoy this one. This is definitely his kind of brew. An alcohol burn sneaks in at the finish as the burnt flavors mix on the back of the tongue quite nicely. As the beer warms, a sweetness emerges and combines well with the hops and the malt bitterness. This is top-notch stuff and I highly recommend this beer to all who enjoy the malt and hop.