acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pours jet black with a moderate tan head. Intense coffee and chocoalte aromas with a hint of milk and sugar. Nice and soft in the mouth with not too much carbonation. Sweet up front with what I think is caramel. Finish is balanced and earthy. Really nice! goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2006
DL 06: Poured a clear very deep brown color with a tan head. Big malty sweet aroma of chocolate and coffee. Roasty malt flavors that matched the aroma. Medium body. Very warming . Fairly tasty brew. DrnkMcDermott (3120) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Sampled at the 3Floyd’s Dark Lord party. Imperial? I don’t think so. More akin to a Two Brothers Northwind. Then again, I’m trying it with Dark Lord much on my mind. Lighter in taste, then, than I’m looking for, but with a kind of okay fruity finish. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle shared by hezron at the 3/25/06 Milwaukee tasting: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a thin wispy, lightly-lacing tan head. Sweet dark fruity, lightly smoked caramel chocolate aroma. Starts with a mild earthy sweetness and pleasant lightly smoky dry earthy flavor with dark fruity complexity. Nicely balanced, lightly warming finish with lingering fresh bittering hoppiness. A decent imperial stout that should age pretty well. notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2006
Twelve percent? Wow, this was the thinnest 12% I’ve yet come across - more of a dark brown than the black I would expect - quite nutty, with quite a bit of artificial sweetness dominating - some earthy, woody notes try to make things interesting, but really don’t.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Thanks to stonecrusher for this...
Appears black with a small solid tan head that never fades out. Tons & tons of scattered lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of nutty black patent with a touch of lactose, caramel, anise seed, and coffee.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, smooth, along with a semi-dry finish. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2006
Thanks to weeare138. Pours a dark brown with some amber when held to light. Average tan off white bubbly head. Aroma of coffee, dark fruits, caramel and a bit of toffee, lactose and nuts. Flavors of the same but more on the sweet side. egajdzis (6672) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2006
Poured a dark brown color with a small, light tan head that leftspotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, roasted malt, wood, toffee, and a funky hint of chlorine. Taste of light roasted malts, chocolate, caramel malts, anise, and alcohol in the finish. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2006
Courtesy of The_Enemy
Aroma is sharp at first with coffee and dark roasted malts. Then some sweet cream and chocolate aroma wafts in. Deep black with a firm and lasting thumb thick head. Very bitter fore. Lots of coffee and bitter burnt malts. Some dark chocolate and a mild creamy sweetness toward the finish. The burnt bitterness is by far the standout in the flavor profile. Almost has a raisin tinged flavor, but it’s hinted at more than realized. Not a bad brew at all, but could be better if there was more of a dark fruit balance to the bitter burnt notes. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours a dark opaque brown-black with 2 fingers worth of off-white creamy head that gradually settles down to a single-bubble layer floating on top. Small bits of lacing here and there. Aroma of coffee, sweet malt, liquer-like alcohol, and dry dark-roast grain. Flavor is mostly crispy-dry with some burnt-grain, plenty of dry-roast coffee bitterness, some sweet malt, a tinge of soothing alcohol and a nice bit of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel grows thicker as it warms. Palate is medium-to-thick, nicely tingly and a bit creamy. I presume they meant to compare this to Avery Mephistopheles, or at least the name so implies. In that case, they fell short of Avery’s complexity and intensity. Still, for the cost of 3 bottles of Mephistopheles, you can get 2 six-packs of this stuff. Pretty good effort and a hell of a bargain.