OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2004
Bottle, forget where I got it, Good nose, ABV,vanilla, prunes, bakers chocolate, dairy/cream in the nose. Little to no head. reddish brown/black color. Sweet and bitter flavor, Licourice/anise/fennel, Chocolate, cherry, plum, raisin. Oily creamy texture. Smooth. very warming. Oh yeah alot of beer in a twelve oz bottle. ABV bite, maybe a little cough syrupy. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Nov. 2001 release. Inky jet black. Dark cocoa aroma, some oak, touch of cola. Rich dark sweet malt flavor. NOt much roast, rather sweet. Quite sweet, with some drying alcohol. Alcohol doesn’t quite balance out the sweetness. Better that the 23% for sure, but I’m still not sold. MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Extremely complex. The colour is dark brown to black. Big lazy bubbles. Thick body. Rather strong, slightly alcoholic aroma. Sharp mouthfeel. Sweet and full of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. A very nice beer! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
2003 Dark Black Coloring. Little Head. Chocolate. Coffee. Not the best offering....worth trying aged perhaps? BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Re-engage Aug 04-- I got married in May and my new spouse tried this bad boy. Get this...she "hates dark beer"....yet, when she drank this it was a brave new world for her Isn’t her reaction so typical...."I don’t like dark beer.." So, so lame. DFH rocks! Another great imp stout. I really, really liked it, but the sweetness was a bit much for me. Like Alesmith Speedway, it’s dark as night, minimal head pour is a pleasure to behold. The mouthfeel is velvety, and the flavor is most definitely on the complex side. There’s no doubting the roasty, choco-coffee flavor, but that sweetness is what I remember the most. Fruity, maybe cherries, and a caramel-toffee tinge gets my attention. Big alcohol content, yet not as overwhelming as you might expect. I was surprised. This is good stuff......I just like Speedway a bit more.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2004
This beer poors black with a smallish brown head. Aroma is intensly malty with notes of chocolate and soy. Flavor is intense as well with a sweet malty and alcohol inititial presense followed by an equally intense bitter finish. A good and well balanced beer, especially for one that is so "over the top" in intensity. Check it out. l wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2004
2003 bottle, snifter. Average, rock, creamy, dark head leaves good lacing and sits on a dark black body which is seemingly opaque. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, toffee malt (H); flower and perfume hops (M); moderate alcohol, banana, pear, dark cherry, port, cask wood, butter, tar licorice, brown sugar, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch aromas. Heavily sweet, lightly bitter throughout. Full body, oily/creamy texture, soft carbonation. Slight alcohol presence. The bottom line is: a little rough with the alcohol...needs to mellow a bit, but still an excellent beer. nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
13th beer of the 2004 Montreal Mondiale. Black, some red highlights, small tan head. Aroma is very malty and roasty. Flavour is quite sweet, not very bitter. Sticky palate. I’m suprised how much this actually tastes like beer, and not some liqueur; that being said, I found it not very sensational. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 This BIG beer was great. It was full like stouts are, nice and dark with good flavor that was not over-whelmed by the high (18%) alcohol. I had this t a taste night on tap. If you come acroos it, do youself a favor. Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
This is ebony nectar of the godz. Black as a starless nite.No head.
Liquid chocolate cake with plum pudding topping.Hints of rum. Smooth and silky. Something to be savored whilst reading a good book.