CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2005
(Bottle) Thanks André - I was able to share this with friends on Bowen Island in CANADA. :) Thin, brown head with an opaque body. Bitter cocoa, milk, wood and coffee flavours. For a "stout" this certainly has strong characteristics? Very bitter chocolate flavour with a robust roasted malt finish. Very good. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2005
This beer pours a black color with a thin orangey tanned head with nice lacing and a thin creaminess that only nitrogen can give. The aroma is fairly light and tame with chocolate and coffee cake predominated. Also some cake and vanilla in the nose. The mouthfeel is silky and coating...chocolate absolutely carressing the tongue as is evidenced by that nitrogen influence. Totally roasted malt, vanilla, caramel nuts, and more roasts... burnt it all down.. the roof is on fire type roasted malts. Long bittering finish left on the sides of the tongue....oily oily mouthfeel...buttery and long-lasting. Dry finish, malty and hoppy all at once...well balanced, well defined, well produced imperial. Little to no alcohol presence and very light on the carbonation. Worth picking a few up again for sure. TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Black with a bronze gleam. Rocky beige foam casts wispy lace on the glass. Deep wafts of buttery roasted malt over coconut milk-infused espresso and baker’s chocolate aromas. Soft and fluffily dry. Chocolate flavor eagerly flashes an easygoing airy finesse. Caustic, borderline acrid black malt bite erupts, but soft waxed plum notes briefly lighten its intensity. Subdued chocolaty richness acts as a mere complement to the scorched-to-the-max malts. Roasted wood rides a wave of ardently grainy char which continually imparts more dryness while a background of rounded moistness buoys the arid body. Hefty hop backbone imparts some earthy bitterness which brushes the back of the throat, alongside softer, hop-induced fruitiness. Seamlessly blended finish of incinerated black malt dryness washes away the deeply roasty, bittersweet chocolate impact. Very nice. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Bottle. Roasted hazelnut aroma. Pitch black, very flat pour. Wildly roasted flavor, peanuts and coffee beans, some hoppy bitterness, with an intense afterglow of dry nuttiness. Lingering bitterness at the swallow. No hint of alcohol. This is a real winner! Thanks to Skyhand for sure. Oakes (18532) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Draught, at the brewpub
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2005
It doesn’t look especially black in the glass, but gives up nothing when held to the light. Light brown nitro foam. Slightly nutty aroma of coffee and cream. Slight hint of citrusy hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavour of roasted barley, dark chocolate and a hint of almonds. Not a lot of hop bitterness for the style, and plenty of underlying malts. Finishes sweet with a bit of roasty bitterness and a hint of roast barley acidity. Comes together pretty well for a nitrobeer, though its not the sort of beer you’d peg as an Imperial in a blind tasting.
Bottle pours black, medium foamy tannish colored head, with sticky lacing.   Strong hop presense on the nose, with softer roasted malts.   Smooth balance of roasted malts and PNW hops on the tongue.   Body and mouthfeel seem fairly medium.   Finishes again with the well balanced hop bitterness and roasted malt.   Slightly dry as well.   Nothing fantastic, in fact its rather ordinary, but its solid.   Just wished it was a bit more chocolatey and malty.   Not bad! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Bottle from Andre. Black body, tan bubbles form a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma has molasses, donut, and banana. Smooth mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Big winey, sweet flavor. Dark chocolate, dry cedar, dandelions and starfruit all comprise an enjoyable flavor. Dry, bitter finish with a smokey element. A big stout with flavors that come together fairly well. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Pours pitch black with absolutely no head. Though my nose isn’t working very well right now, I get a very oily and chemical-like aroma from this one. Some dark smoke and some licorice as well. Thin, without much carbonation, but still has a good flavor of syrupy-dark chocolate, some dark roasted coffee is heavy in the finish. Hardly carbonated at all, but still good... not sure if it’s a bad bottle, but it at least tastes good. Thanks for the trade Andre! raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Very dark,black. Thin,creamy head. Leaves nice lace. Awesome mocha,roasty,and very hoppy aroma. Palate is a bit sharp with hops,but has plenty creaminess. Big roasty,hops in the front. Following with mocha,and bitter chocolate. Finish has gooey caramel,roastiness and lots more hops. Reminds me of Storm King,only I like this better. Excellent,flavorful,Stout! Thanks Andre! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Pours a thick robust dark brown/black with a thin coating of light brown head. Sweet roasty caramel malt aroma. Great flavor and smoothness. Plenty of sweet maltiness and well balanced with a good hop bite and some dark chocolate toward the finish. A very nice stout, that has a good amount of complexity despite its lower alcohol. Thank you drismyhero for gifting me this gem!