schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2002
SMOOOOOOTH!!! This beer has a beautiful appearance with a silky head on a jet black body. I expected more of a malt/hop wallop but it is just nice and easy all of the way. A sipping beer, like drinking dessert all the way through dinner. You have to lick the foam from your lips like a milk mustache. Roasty nose but low aroma overall. An Imperial Stout worthy of a good score. Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
Opaque Black, Thick Tan head. Dry finish, but it take a while to get there. Very viscous body, almost oily. Hops combine with Espresso and Dark chocolate. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
On tap at Redbones: Black with some brown notes in the light, tan head. Sweet coffee aroma, with a mild hops blast. Thick and oily and goes down smooth. Ends a bit sweet. I guess that I was lucky to try this beer in Massachusetts, given that it only has 5 ratings. akaufman (16) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2007
Dark and handsome. Tastey however a flat, syrupy taste. It is thin bodied with a thick mouith like a stout should. smokey, chocolate sits very pleasantly. Smells like a porter... high octane HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2003
This beer alone would be a good excuse to go back to LaConner. Thick creamy head on top of jet black liquid. Creamy, great flavor. One of the best Imperials to be found anywhere. Can't add much more. See previous ratings.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Earlier Rating: 7/25/2002 Total Score: 3.6
I agree largely with Bill’s rating, this seems higher than the indicated 5.4% Nice aromas and good body make this a fine stout. I have this every time I visit the brewery.
The beer is as black as the depths of “Hell”, with a smallish deep chocolate head, that is spumescent in texture and the lace a thick and sticky blanket upon the glass. The aroma of roasted grain, sweet, nice hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, quite a fine nose, start is thick malt, rich and sweet, top is full in feel to the palate. Finish is pesky in its acidity, hops are scrumptious in their spiciness, aftertaste dry as a bleached desert bone, very long lasting and a fine stout from a fine brewery. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Black with ruby highlights and a tan head.Fruit,roasted,chocolate aroma.Warming alcohol and malt dominance. 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. TimE (5827) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2004
A lingering bitter chocolate nose and is thicker than mud. The body has subtle liquorices flavor that play second to the coffee and chocolate combination. The finish is big and warming. Hard to believe this is only 5.4%. 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!