thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Very light aroma with a tinge of chocolate. Black with no head--very oily looking. Medium palate for an impy. Flavors are extremely sweet! Lots of bitter chocolate and brown sugar and definitely alcohol. Tangy aftertaste detracts. I just felt this one was way too sweet for my tastebuds. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Black body, oily and furious. Fluffy dark brown head slowly builds from within and then dissipates quickly. Aroma is complex to say the least , full of vibrant roasted malts, dark rich chocolates, treacle, cocoa powder, burned licorice, caramel, plums, smoke, fresh coffee beans and hints of hoppiness trampled by a long slumber. Flavor is stupendous, starting off with sweet roasty malts, leading into an array of stunning tastes. These include more molasses, decadent dark chocolates, densely packed coffee, licorice, briny water, plums and other related dark fruits and intensely satisfying caramel candies. The flavor is a knockout, a real treat. The palate is creamy and vinous, oily and rich, coating and warming, incredibly full bodied. Finishes warming and moderately bitter, sticky and thick. A serious beer, one I’d love to sample straight from the tap. JoeMcPhee (9459) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Pitch black with a thin dark brown fluffy head. Dark heavily roasted malts, leather, some salty soy, dark chocolate and cocoa along with a touch of alcohol in the nose. Flavour is very chewy and sweet, with a savoury saltiness, leather and dark chocolate throughout. Full bodied and very rich tasting. A soft charcoal and dusty roastiness on the finish. Assertive bitterness. Very tasty brew. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle from the Holiday Pack thanks to styles! Highly-viscous deep black pour with a lovely initial cap of deep brown head (stuck around for quite a while considering the strength of this brew). The aroma was most excellent (unless you ask my wife)... heavy espresso roast, molasses, charred anise, and dark chocolate.. no overt alcohol, but its power was evident. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
The flavor department found deeply-roasted dark chocolate and plummy fruits... layers of molasses, light soy, charred oak, and espresso bitterness (and mild sourness)... alcohol warmth accents the long chocolatey finish. Thick, creamy consistency on the palate that felt so very good.. well-placed bitterness.. wonderful flow. Fantastic beer!
Tap at Boston EBF 2007 (advertised at 13.5% and not 12.5% as above). Black body with a medium tan head. That’s a stout with a strong focus on the chocolate flavours. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate flavours with a cacao-like bitterness. Very creamy body. Earthy roasted undertones. Alcohol surprisingly well hidden. My notes say that it was like drinking a chocolate cake. That would explain the love handles.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Pours an oily viscous opaque with a thin, wispy-lacing dark brown head. Aroma abounds with lots of sweet dark sticky caramel with plenty of complex dark chocolate with a touch of plums. Body starts sweet and viscous with some earthy dark chocolate and caramel flavor with a lot of dark fruity complexity. Finishes drier with plenty of caramely dark chocolate sweetness and nice balance with a touch of warmth toward a very thick finish. This reminds me a lot of Dark Lord. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Poured an opaque balck with a small creamy brown head and legs on the side of the glass. Aroma of chocolate and smoke. Light notesof spent coffee grain. Sweet. The flavor was sweet with dark fruits and some cola notes. Full body with a silky mouthfeel. Nice warmth in the chest. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Black with dark brown edges and no apparent carbonation. Aroma of roasty, burnt malt, bittersweet mocha, light smoke, vinous dark fruits, and a light dose of bitter hops. Same flavor, rich, intense. Full body, viscous, smooth. Excellent imperial stout. MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
On tap at the Hop Devil Grill, 2/21/07. ultra dark brown body - looks mostly black, no light shines through. thick creamy dark tan head. weak roasted malt aroma. flavor is chocolate malt, roasted coffee, and a silky texture. earthy malt in the finish. hardly any alcohol heat, quite impressive. aftertaste is also bitter like coffee. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Draft at Kuhnhenn strong ale fest, Hop Devil. Aroma: Roast, hearts of palm, soy sauce, ground meat...? Flavor: Super-thick, roasty sweetness, sucrose, light wet hops. Big, big, big. Totally over the top, but unsatisfying. I’d probably have enjoyed this more sitting at home sipping it slowly and not having to sample 4 other 12%+ beers at a bar, but, y’know...