chuck99 (10) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2002
This one of my top 3 beers. Best example period of Imperial Stout you will ever find pivo (2685) - GERMANY - NOV 25, 2002
Chocolate all around - in the nose and in the taste. An espresso bitterness at the end balances the sweet front part of the strong, full taste profile. Beautiful - simply beautiful! Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
’02-’03, dark black color, short brown head, brussels lace, roasted malt aroma, chocolate, alcohol, strong fruit overtones – very nice; roasted malt and chocolate flavor, alcohol, sweet fruit, slightly bitter and burnt, salty, excellent texture, chewy-oily and rich; ’03-’04, thick syrupy dark black, medium brown head, lace, rich roasted malt aroma, fruits and chocolate, coffee, burnt, peppery, light hints of alcohol, aromas come together very nicely; rich roasted malt, chewy and alcoholic, fruity, chocolate and coffee, burnt with a bitter kick, salty, oily-rich texture – syrup, a meal, a winter treat Bodomite (34) - USA - DEC 3, 2004
Pitch Black color you cant see through this stuff at all! Very nice brown head. Bitter Sweet taste hints of Dark Chocolate and roasted coffee are present. Very strong imperial stour and I would reccomend this to any fan of RIS very good beer. But beware of the high alcohal content. whistlebird (22) - USA - FEB 4, 2006
excellent stout, maybe the best i’ve ever tried good oil color, nice aroma it has it all when people ask me what it tatses like the only thing i can tell them is it’s like eating a chocolate cake
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Had one last night out of my Brooklyn snifter. Everything here is perfect. The fluffy and fleeting head, the light obsorbing color, the rich and hoppy nose. Just a delight to drink. Complex aromas of bomber jacket, wet earth, and cocoa blend into a rich chocolaty mouthful that seems to be light on it’s feet for such a heavy beer. This is a what you should have with dessert, no port, no late-harvest riesling, no ice-wine. Do yourself a favour and have this instead of the milk with that next batch of brownies. tromboneman (17) - USA - AUG 12, 2006
So rich and creamy.... It melts in my mouth. This is truly my favorite of chocolate stouts. xsupple419x (3) - dickson city, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2006 does not count
For the past 2 years this beer has comeinto my life for a brief period puts a huge smile on my face and leaves this is by far my favorite beer on the planet. there is way too much i can say about this beer you have to try it for yourself to fully appriciate it. On top of the fact that this beer will get you looped if your looking for that Duffy (3) - USA - DEC 8, 2006 does not count
Quite simply a perfect stout. If I were a brewer and tasted this beer I’d probably quit in shame.
Obsidian black color topped with a deep brown head. Alcohol aroma immediately present followed by notes of chocolate (obviously) and roasted malt. Coffee lovers rejoice.
Velvet smooth taste and long warm finish make it the perfect winter beer.
Call me a heretic but I’d pick this over Guinness in the winter Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2007
THOUGHTS: I had this one on Christmas day and it was the perfect present. Incredible. Hides alcohol well. Dark chocolate cherry cordial aroma at first the chocolate syrup and coffee came in. Thick in the mought but still tingly on the tongue. I’ve had it before and remembered liking it but before rating it I never would have thought I’d end up giving it a perfect rating, but try as I might I couldn’t find anything wrong with it.
TECHNICAL: 2006=07 bottle. Poured dark brown coming out of the bottle and looked an opaque black in the glass. It had a small tan head that didn’t last long. The aroma was moderate to heavy caramel dark chocolate and mild coffee along with chocolate syrup and cherry cordials. The flavor was much of the same. Initially it was heavily sweet and finished heavily sweet and moderately to heavily bitter, but not a hoppy bitter, but a dark chocolate bitter with and average duration. The body was full and dry and syrupy with fizzy carbonation and just a little metallic finish.