Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
This was a big beer with delicious chocolate tones along with bitter sweetness. I didn’t taste any hops and almost no alcohol burn to finish KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2007
I received this bottle courtesy of Skyview. This was a great beer. Pours very dark with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and sugar/sweetness with chocolate. Taste similar to aroma with a bit of molasses in there as well. For 9.5% you really cannot taste the alcohol. Very nice beer. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Enjoyed post Thanksgiving. Crafted much more in the vein of an Imperial Porter than an Imperial Stout. The hops are rather muted until the finish, with semi-sweet chocolate and cane sugar syrup pronounced. The pour is a thing of beauty, with a luscious brown head and a dark chocolate appearance. Undertones of prune juice and toffee on the palate, with subtle notes of star anise and nutmeg. Rather sweet, but certainly enjoyable. The 9.5 ABV is hardly noticeable. A solid structure and decent complexity to this Imperial Porter. I am missing the hops and the viscosity/mouthfeel of an exceptional Imperial Stout. Thanks to Nathan for transporting this south. kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle. Dark fruits, licorice, molasses, caramel and coffee prevail. Finishes bitter sweet. Nice. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours pure black with probably the darkest colored head I’ve seen, brownish red almost. Head retention is amazing and has incredible lacing. Aroma has molasses, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses greet my tongue first, yielding a cornucopia of sweet delicious flavors. Many of the things noted in the nose are also present in the taste, but just even more condensed and with some roastiness in the finish; it’s so good! Mouthfeel is super thick, very full bodied with low carbonation; perfect for an imperial stout. Incredible beer, I really hope they continue to make this. Dark Lord, watch out!
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Poured from a 2012 bottle into a snifter dark brown with slight head.
Aroma is dark fruit slight booze.
Flavor is figs & raisins. Some booze. Definite cocoa.The bitter finish was surprising considering the age on the brew
Balanced nicely. Smooth. Very good. garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy from Styles, Nice smell of molasses. Taste was sweet with hints of dried fruit. Not over powering but noticible. Alcohol was well hidden. lacing was nice also. Good beer madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours dark black, with a medium brown head that diminishes to a skinny layer, great lacing all the way down. Aroma is chocolate, molasses and a touch of fruity sweetness. Taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, some smoke and toasted marshmallow. Medium to heavy body and some alcohol warming as it goes down, the way a good imp stout should be. Good stuff. TimsRatings (421) - - MAR 20, 2013
On tap at Ridgewood Raleigh. Powerful coffee flavor. One of the darkest beers I've seen.
Good taste. Would gladly order again.
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Pours deep dark black with a very full mocha head. Lacing is very fine and fairly moderate. Nose is full of chocolate, coffee, malt, with a bit of dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, nice and sweet with a moderate bittering and pepperiness that cleanses the palate on the finish. A pretty good RIS, not too overbearing like some can get.