sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2010
(Bottled, sampled 2010-02-03) Very dark brown with a small, but firm and beige head. Very coffee-roasty, strong, and lightly burned nose with a touch of malt sweetness. Strongly coffeeish and roasted-malty flavor with some burnedness. Malt sweetness is left under the roasted burnedness, but still manages to balance the flavor somewhat. Medium to full body with slightly fizzy carbonation. I guess coffee-lovers will like this, but it’s too thin and burned for my liking. Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2010
0.355 l bottle at Konttori, Tampere. Black color. Firm coffee aroma with chocolate and raisins. Roasty coffeish flavor with licorice, raisins and roasty bitterness. Really firm taste, well done. kpresley77 (147) - Jackson, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
This a very good imperial stout. Pours opaque black with no head. The aroma is sweet roasted malt and first taste is sweet then leads to a little roast malt flavor. Finish is sweet and body is creamy. Alcohol is very well hidden. thorongil2 (3257) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2010
(bottle) very dark brown, almost black, with small brown head; aroma is coffee, flavour is coffee, it is just coffee, less complex than expected, OK as coffee but not great as beer AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle @Dahlbergs Helsingborg. Coffee, Roasted malt, Vegetables, Grass. Taste- Coffee, Vegetables, More coffee, Sweet, Long aftertaste.
blomster (289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle. Looks amazing in the glass, really dark, a brown head with small bubbles. A bit of chocolate in the aroma. Coffee, coffee, coffee all the way through in this one. Medium sweet with a nice coffee bitterness. A slight warming alcohol in the end. I love good coffee and really like this beer. jtclockwork (16831) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to Wavers1. Pours thick black with tan head. Little lacing. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, oatmeal and chocolate. Taste is coffee grounds, dry chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malts. Sledutah (7752) - Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to wavers1 callmemickey (4549) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Appearance: Pours a thick black with a nice amount of dark tan head and a good amount of lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, massive chocolate and coffee
Taste: Silky mouthfeel of dark malts and fruits, chocolate and coffee with some slight bitterness in the finish
Very good Imperial Stout.
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black... huge tan head... infused with moderate carbonation... sticky lacing is left behind
S: Yumm... Bitter chocolate, smoke, coffee, malts and oatmeal
T: The roasted malts take on the wonderful characteristics of coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice... The flavor profile has a nice hearty earthiness too it... a dash of hops and char toward the end
M: Thick, creamy... full bodied and mildly carbonated
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Re-rate after drinking 12oz bottle poured into pint glass (thanks kmweaver): Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate with fruity esters, background notes of medium roast coffee and dark malts. Appearance: opaque black with 2 finger brown head that reduces to plush beige halo. Flavor: there is dark fruit upfront, well-integrated dark roast coffee and chocoloate midpalate, with lasting vinous notes and some char and bold hop bitterness near the finish. Mouthfeel: medium with drying finish due to tight attenuation, prickly due to alcohol and carbonation. As it warms, body seems to thin and alcohol warmth increases a bit. [Correction: Only Dark Lord-like in its hype. This is a taut, not goopy stout.]
No light gets through my sample glass on this pour, but glass left oily. Creamy chocolate aroma leads to mineral Simple dark malt flavors with coffee in the mid-palate, acrid note in finish. ’Dark Lord’ like, and like Dark Lord, overhyped for me.