IEBAILI (128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Pours black, thick and opaque with a rich mahogany head. A Bordelais waiter I worked with once stuck his nose in a glass of 20 year old first growth bordeaux from a great vintage and announced that ’this shit could make you believe in God.’ This beer is threatening my atheism. Roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, coffee, earthy, foresty hops. Something rich and warm and natural that evokes toasted oak, even though as far as I know this beer is not actually oaked. I can’t wait to try the version that is barrel aged. The alcohol is niether obtrusive nor hidden, but contributes positively and harmoniously to the overall flavor of the beer. Enough hops to create tension with rich maltiness. The texture is practically perfect, like syrup in the mouth but not cloying after swallowing. The flavors linger, and a touch of tart fruitiness emerges at the end. A long, complex finish with an aftertaste of figs or maybe dates. BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours a dark brown with little-no light getting through; brown head laces. Malt upfront on the nose with hint of hops, some chocolates and oak aswell. Roasted malt and smoak up frront with chewy chocolatey coffee middle. Finishes with a nice warming brandy alcohol flavor with all flavors lingering. Medium-full body. Added points for the cool hunter thompson artwork. Let this one warm up to you! (definitely a cold weather brew) Jesper86 (128) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2017 Pretty dry. Rye, charcoal, raisins, dark chocolate, subtle hint of amarena. There?s a present bitterness but it?s balanced with the other flavours. Anatole (127) - BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2014
Chocolat, café. Bonne balance des gouts. Corps moyen. Alcool peu présent. Mais il manque un peu d’agressivité ŕ mon gout. RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 An imperial stout in disguise. Raven black with dark brown head. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen. Flavor is complex without being overwhelming. Great blend of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is simply a great beer and one of my favorite porters.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2008
This beer is a staple in my fridge. I can’t believe I haven’t rated this yet. The pour is an extremely deep brown, bordering on black, with a small coppery head. The nose is malty with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, and caramel. The flavor is rich with roasted malts, creamy touches dark of chocolate and coffee are present. A wonderful stout worthy of of its tribute to Hunter S. Thompson. donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
Poursa a dark brown with a light brown head and a decent lacing on the glass.
Smells of roasted malts, coffee, hops, and hint of something light and fruity... I can’t quite place what specifically is giving off the fruit-vibes.
Hops and toasted malts hit the tongue with an underlying fruit and hints of chocolate(?).
A nice full bodied porter that is well balanced and has a mild aftertaste.
Definately drinkable, though maybe not something I’d go out of my way to get ahold of.
Serving type: on-tap JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Draft. Dark brown pour with a frothy off-white head. Coffee on the nose, malty and a bit fruity in taste. Delicious beer. dodskenta (125) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2015
Dark color with a small beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate, anis and herb dominate the aroma. Flavour is lots of chocolate, coffee and herbs. Quite bitter. Full mouthfeel and nice velvety texture. Long and pleasant aftertaste. jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Yum! This brew oured very dark with little light brown head. It smelled sweet and chocolatey. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are definitely apparent, with he coffee flavor definitely lingering on the palette. It is very drinkable despite its heaviness, with the bitter of hops there but is mostly masked by other flavors.