goffenhiemer (4) - Plain City, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009 does not count
This is one of the best beers I’ve had with this much alcohol in it. I don’t like most high alcohol beers because you can taste the alcohol too much. It is rare to find one that does it right and this one is done right. WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pour from a bottle is a nice opaque black with a light tan head, aroma is soft with a little cocoa nibs and molasses. Taste is a nice combo of molasses, cocoa nibs and coffee. After taste is a little bitter and dry but goes down smooth. fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a snifter a blackest brown black with minimal head.
Aroma is coffee brown sugared with cocoa
Flavor is straight up amazing. Have had on tap & bottled is pretty darned close. Thick coffee tons of molasses & some hops but balanced beautifully. One of my top 10 brews ever...DAMN bearscience (8) - - DEC 10, 2014 does not count
One of my favorites, dark pour, brown head. Dark chocolate flavor with a pure smooth taste. Enjoyable UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2015
375 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.
A: Pours an impenetrable black, and forms a moderate, relatively short-lived head of pale tan. The head leaves a ring in its wake, with sparse, patchy lacing.
S: "Roasty" is the first word to come to mind as regards the scent, which is warm with dark malt and scorched grain. A faint undertone of molasses and seared caramel waft beneath, along some black currant and raisin hints.
T: Huge malt flavors. Waves of roasted grain with molasses-like sweetness and burnt toffee with some dark chocolate seem to alternate as it move across the palate. There’s a faint earthen-ashy bitter tone underneath, though it does not interfere with the slideshow of maltiness - this is a silky-smooth stout. Black currant flavors show up here and there, with hints of raisin along for the ride, and there’s a touch of deeply dark coffee along as well.
M: Huge and creamy, this drinks like an Imperial stout.
O: This is a particularly good Russian Imperial Stout. Will repeat.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2011
At ACBF. Dark as night with coffee color head. Huge roasted dark coffee nose, earthy quality. Not overpowering chocolate or coffee flavors, hint of sweetness, but so balanced. I had this right after Darkness, and thought this trumped it. Still hasn’t beaten PVW eclipse for best IS i’ve ever had, but this is top 3. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
GABF 2009, day 2: Glad someone suggested I try this one; it was one of my favorites of the day. Smooth, creamy, milkshake-like texture. Very malty. Incredibly aromatic notes of whiskey, vanilla beans and dark chocolate. Great roastiness, overall. Very good beer. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Cliff. Thanks a ton!! Pours thick oily black with dark tan head. Aroma is dense chocolate, dark roast, coffee, fudge, and some hops. Thick viscous oily mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is a real treat. There are layers upon layers of flavor and this monster finishes dry with a chocolate coffee touch that lingers. One of my favorite beers I’ve tried for sure. Thanks again Cliff! FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Thanks Helmut! Sampled from a growler this beer poured an oily black color with a medium sized foamy brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet toasty malts, cocoa, vanilla and anise. The flavor was sharp and bitter fruity hops, anise, toasty malts, port wine, cherry, vanilla and a hint of mint. Incredibly long hoppy and toasty finish with anise and cherry notes. Thick and creamy - the beer really coats the tongue and refuses to leave. Marvelous! DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Appearance was wonderful, with very little head. Smelled like chocolate, with coffee present as well. Taste was outstanding... chocolate, coffee and some fruit up front.