orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Winey in both aroma and flavor, roasty, alcholic and damn good ta boot. This is beer for real people. Eventfull! Black is beautiful. Bold in malts from chocolate to licorice to earth. It doesn’t get any better than this. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2007
Rated 5/26/07: Amazing is an understatement, perfection in a bottle is closer to it. Slick pour, thick and heavy. Black as black color with a surprisingly huge fluffy 2" brown head that does finally settle to a 1/2", great lacing for such a high gravity beer. Burnt roasted malt fills the air above the glass followed by overpowering aromas of dark molasses, bitter chocolates, and fresh coffee. Full bodied x 2 for the mouthfeel, you have to chew on this one while enjoying it. Velvety and rich, I can only imagine how smooth this would become over time. Strong alcohol is nicely masked by all of the surrounding powerful flavors. Bitter dark chocolate caresses the tastebuds with a blend of roasted malt, plums and raisins, nutty malt is there as well. Vanilla, bourbon, coffee and hop flavors give this dark beauty a rounded and complex flavor. Powerful and remarkable in all aspects. jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Pours incredibly dark and oily. Very thick and viscous. Alcohol and roasty chocolate on the nose. This beer is simply incredible. It starts out with this amazingly creamy mouthfeel, and wave of velvety-chocolate flavor. A fairly substantial sweetness that reminds me of dark fruits like plums or figs. Finish is long and roasty. Only complaint is that is the roastyness is a little bitter in the finish, but this is a very small complaint. Overall, this beer is so smooth, rich and velvety that I was blown away by every sip. The price is reasonable too (I paid $3 for a bottle), especially when compared to other stouts or high abv beers. Simply the best beer I’ve ever had. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
Pours a pitch black with a thick, lovely dark brown head that disappears after the very first sip, leaving small patches of foam and nice lace. Aroma is pungent and heavenly - strong notes of alcohol & chocolate liquor, molasses and sweet dark malt too. Taste = LOVE. Strong roasted barley and great hops to balance still don’t cover the strong alcoholic taste. Wonderful creamy body is perfectly blended from start to finish - at no point do I feel it change texture in my mouth, it’s perfectly silky smooth. Fine carbonation. I am wracking my brain to think of something to complain about, some reason not to give this a perfect 5, but I really, really can’t. This beer is love. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours black w/ a mediUm sized, creamy froth. Head retention is good resulting in a full canopy and a fluffy ring. Aroma is very potent w/ sweet malts and chocolate cake. Full nectar w/ full, creamy effers that expand on the palate. A fat marbled, malty backbone is quickly slapped down by an army of Robo Hops. As the fight for dominance ensues a few nuances are thrown in the mix. Flavors of cakebread, roasted coffee bean, vanilla, coconut, and molases are thrown about like rag dolls as the mighty competitors call a truce. This war could go on forever. The balance is set and my palate is very well satisfied. The finish is long w/ a citrus rind bittering lingering. Highly recommended.
bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2007
This stuff looked thick coming out of the bottle. Pours black, with a thick head, aroma is sweet and a bit bitter, notes of coffee, caramel and chocolate, hides the alcohol really well. WOW. This is an amazing beer that any imperial stout fan should try. Even if you don’t like imperial stouts you should try this. Excellent stuff. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
I hate molasses.
Pours pitch black with a large dark tan head. Nose is dusty with strong molasses tones. Flavor is oh so smooth. Strong molasses flavors prevail, but stay perfectly balanced. Feel is thick in the liquid and thin on the carbonation. This is a beautiful stout that is a hard one to surpass. Amazingly crafted and worth seeking out...at all costs. lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2007
so here it is my one year rate beer anniversary beer, and it will only be my second perfectly rated beer. i am not a stout person as you can get from my rb name, but this was awesome! this will also be my 280th rating for the year! to the beer! 2007. pours pitch black with a very nice two finger dark brown head, probably one of the best i have seen on a stout. aroma is roasted chocolate malt with a touch of hops. has a very full body with huge clumpy lacing and just enough carbonation for a stout. flavor is the same as aroma, but much stronger huge chocolate and a bit of coffee at the end. and don’t get me wrong the aroma is awesome but the flavor is even better. there is a bite in the aftertaste and a little coffee that sits on the tongue. very creamy on the palate just an awesome impy stout! the best i have had yet! i can see why this is in the top ten! as it warms the hops come out to play a bit more and there is also some pine. there is also a little more coffee flavor and aroma as well. to me, i like this beer a little cooler to keep the chocolate flavor, but that’s just me. cheers all!!! barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 355 ml botlle from a trade with hogtownharry. ohmyfrieakingod. this beer is insane. it pours pitch black with almost no head. aromas are of chocolate, coffee, hops, but just layer after layer of aromas. deep dark bruising aromas that make you not even want to take a taste for fear of being let down. the flavours actually are actually deeper and more intense then the aromas. the complexity is awesome but this is a well crafted brew that doesnt overwhelm any one part of your palate but instead leads you down a long twisted path of imperial stout extacy. i cant believe harry ever gave one of these up to trade but im truely glad he did. the best ive ever had and my first 5. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Perfection! Dark black pour with a coffee colored head. Very full aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, caramel. This beer is so smooth that it become dangerous at 10.5 abv. The flavor is very complex with malty chocolate and coffee, dark berries, and many other things that are silly to even try to list. Simply amazing!