PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 (Winter 2005-2006)- Jet black oily pour with small brown head. Smells deep of chocolate. Thick full body with upfront alcohol warmth. Overwhelming thick chocolate malt character . Finishes dry with a very deeply highly roasted element and lingers on the palate with hints of coffee. Though it has lost some quality in the newer batches. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 (Bottle at Karlsons garage, Göteborg) Really dark, almost black with a brown almost not existing head. Minty, soy. Burned rubber. Banana skids-fudge. Flavour of coffee, dark, bitter chocolate. Salt and liquorice. Some yeast. More dry than sweet. Pretty big body. Soy. Burned rubber. Leaves a minty taste. HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Winter ’05 - ’06 edition. Very dark apperance, tan head is so thin as to be almost nonexistant. Aroma is chocolate, bit of alcohol, roasted malts, oak and smoke. Flavor is chocolate, with some roasted smokeyness, as well as a smidge of dark fruits. Reminds me of a slightly less powerful Avery Mephistopheles. TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 12 oz, dégusté au Mondial de la Bière 2006 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de café. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col brun crémeux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de poudre de cacao en arrière goût. (Rating #505) FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Very dark color. Leaves a ring in the glass. Mocha coffee is most of the aroma. Sweet taste very textured.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2006
From 12oz Bottle, ’05~’06 Edition. Deep, rich, thick motor oil color with a thin ring of residue remaining along the edges of my snifter glass after the cream roasted head dissipates. Lush, syrupy aroma of blackberry mocha coffee, flavored with a splash of anise. Creamy molasses, soy, and toasted sesame seed enhance the already full aroma. A hint of oaked bourbon in the nose as well. Heavily textured and full bodied, it coats the mouth with surprise - dark chocolate, but also a pleasant amount of smoky oakiness to add just the right amount of dryness for balance. Some dried prune and sweet roast coffee linger on the palate immediately after swallowing. Fantastic aroma, but the flavors, although decent, don’t quite match up to the aroma in terms of quality or complexity. A touch of alcohol rounds out the finish with a final smack of chocolate liquore. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 ’05-’06 edition... poured jet black, no red edges, and with a thin tan head on top. Well, the head was so thin, it was just a surface lacing. Aroma was rather chocolate-like with some bitterness or slightly roasted scents. The flavor was outstanding, well balanced (but not hopped overboard like the west coast stouts). I really enjoyed this, the roasted chocolate malts and the resinous bittering hops in the lightly bitter finish. Alcohol comes out stronger, but smooth, as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick, pretty thick, but it comes across very nicely. Don’t miss out on this one if you can get it. Re-rate 2006 edition... same visual experience, although the thin head was there and had great retention. This thing has some nice roasted bitterness to balance the really rich, semi-sweet, malty, some dark fruity base flavors that are solid. Definitely not hopped like the Victory Storm King (which I did yesterday) and other Impy Stouts, more roasty than a purely malt impy stout like DFH’s WWS. Very nicely balanced impy stout. Re-rate, 10/08: Vintage of 2007 - After 1 yr, let this settle down and did side by side a relatively fresh 2008, more of a cocoa, not hot version of the beer. The 2008 version was a little hot, but sweet milky chocolate more than the dryer cocoa chocolate experienced simultaneously with the 2007. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
05-06 black with a light brown head. Aroma: chocolate, malt, alcohol....
taste: chocolately, roasty,with alot of malt and some alcohol warm in the finish along with hops.....will age a couple of bottles... Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2006
(Winter 04-05). Black colored, fastly vanishing beige head. Extreme chocolaty aroma with roastiness, smoke, coffee, sweetness and mild alcohol. Almost full bodied. Flavor is even richer than aroma with strong chocolate, port-vinous tones, oak and smoke, aftertaste is oaky and vinous with warming alcohol. timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pitch black with a medium tan head with a little bit of retention. Lots of thin webby lacing. Cooking chocolate smell with hints of alcohol. Sweet coffee malt taste with alcohol taste and thin feel. This is a huge letdown. I’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time. Not terrible for an RIS but not great at all.