drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
growler from DLD, thanks ohiodad for this sample. after having a growler break on me in a trade i was very happy to finally try this. pours pitch black with tan head. nose of chocolate, roast, coffee, licorice, and dark fruits. flavor of roasty chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. i enjoyed this but i can’t figure out why isn’t so highly rated. seemed like a solid but sorta normal imperial stout. i’ll have to re-rate someday. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2007
From a Handbottle. Generously shared by Chris at the Woodshop II Tasting. Dark brown, blackish colored pour with edges of tannic ruby and a creamy layer of beige head. Lots of chocolate in the nose, along with some Tahitian vanilla bean and a little bit of husky, woody coconut. A little wisp of grassy hops adds a subtle herbal quality to a nose that’s otherwise dominated by dryish chocolatey malts. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with a nice chewy body. Starts out with a little bit of sweet, dark malts that remind me of raw brown sugar that’s borderline molasses, but that is about the extent of any dark "fruity" qualities the flavor has. Not nearly as much chocolate as present in the nose, but that’s a good thing, as there seems to be more layers of flavor than layers of aroma, where the chocolate was quite dominant. After the sweeter, molasses flavors fade, a wave of chewy dark fudge takes over the palate, dried up by some bitter roast coffee. Finishes dry and roasty, with some bitter minty and pine hops lingering. Quite good overall, but not a stylistic standout according to my tastes. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Pours an opaque black with a dark brown head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit. Flavor is malty, chocolate, roasted malts, with a hint of dark fruit.
2/2/08: draft at brew pub
Pours almost black color with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, some fruit, . Flavor is malty, chocolate, roast, and a bitter is floral finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2007
From the DLD growler and enjoyed while waiting in line, THX OhioDad for a chance to taste this: Nearly opaque with bronze highlights produced a small beige head and good lace. The aroma is full of chocolate as expected along with a fair amount of smoke, molasses, clove and a note of grassy herbal hop. The taste profile displays heavy malty character of mocha, smoke, and an almost meaty tone. Some quick hits of herbal and coffee bitterness is found towards the finish. The mouth feel is lush and smooth with a noticeable warming in the end. While very nicely done it is not top 50 or even 100 in my book. badgerben (5181) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Many thanks to Stine for sharing this one. Black color with no head. Aroma of vanilla and a bit of oak. Bitter chocolate, roasted barley and a little coffee. Some piney hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Good and so easy to drink, but nothing incredibly outstanding.
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2008
[Bottle--huge thank you, Eben, for saving some of this for me!] Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is light toasted malt, cocoa, very light alcohol, a small bit of sweetness at times that I think was brown sugar, and something that tasted a little like hazelnut. The taste was sweet up front, then the toasted malt and cocoa took over before a deeper charred taste and chocolate finish. Medium mouthfeel and slightly dry on the tongue. The finish was quite long. A very enjoyable beer, but I don’t think it can stand up to many imperial stouts that I have had. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Pours black with a big thick tan and frothy head. This brew is big and bold, powerful in every way. Tastes like chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Hint of coffee on the after taste. Very very creamy, and with no real hint of the 10% alcohol in it. Just incredibly solid all around. Every time you smell or taste it, you get a different combination of aroma and flavors, this beer is ever changing. No two sips are quite the same, but they are all delicious. Maybe the perfect chocolate beer. I’d still take Young’s over this one, but by a very thin margin. Foothills needs to release this one in a lot more than just 500 bottles next year. Everyone should get to try this one at least once. Big thanks for mcferc for this one, he did me a HUGE favor in trading this one to me, and I’ll never forget it! JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
A black colored beer. Thick and heavy, great palate. Malt aroma with some wood. Flavor has chocolate, medium bitter, roasted oats, and some coffee. More hops than common for the style. It is not as incredible as I thought it might be, but still very good. The high abv is well hidden. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Thanks SoLan! Poured a deep brown, almost black color. The aroma is chocolaty and roasted, with some molasses and treacle notes peeking through on the back. The flavor is more of the same, though a bit more subdued than I anticipated. Very good beer. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours inky black with a medium sized brown colored head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, molasses. Flavor is chocolate, roast, coffee, molasses. Palate os full bodied, medium carbonation finished super bitter. IMO this is way over-hyped, good stuff, but far from the better stouts out there.