bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle. Black beer with a cocoa head. Light roasty aroma with sweet chocolate malt. Rich malt and sweet stone fruits and chocolate flavors. Lingering sweet malt. Nice velvety/vinuous body. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle. Dark deep brown, almost but not quite opaque. Roasty estery aroma, with chocolate, roasty malts, and a touch coffee. Flavors are more roasted malts, with chocolate, toffee, and some prunes and raisins. Decent mouthfeel, and a bit warming. muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
From 22 oz bottle at the Montreal YeHa! 2005. Dark red-brown, not really black, light head laces nicely...nice aroma, balanced bitter coffee and sweetish chocolate with a hint of cream...in the body, bittersweet chocolate abounds, nearly drowning out the espresso notes...alcohol noticeable but not prominent, finish dry and moderately bitter. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
bottle. deep brown body with a decent size mocha head. the aroma is full of dry coffee roast and chocolate. flavour is along the same lines with a great roasted malt component and it’s quite dry. warm alcohol towards the bitter finish but not really up at 10%...very quaffable and easy to drink. quite nice. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Small, tannish brown head, fair retention, lace appears stringy and lasting. Black and beautiful appearence. Nose if fruity, black berries, lightly smokey and roasty. Body is full/medium with a velvetty texture. Chocolate flavors up front, light plum and raisiny notes with subdued coffee flavors that still add something to the overall. Finish is medium sweet and fruity. Thanks Cliff!
blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky black with some ruby hues and a large frothy light-brown head -- looks great! Light aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and currants. Flavour of roasted malt, espresso and dark chocolate with a nice amount of hops in there, this is delicious. You can taste the alcohol but it doesn’t taste like 10%, not even close. Full bodied and very creamy. Fantastic! GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Almost pitch black with a ruby tinge and a small, creamy mocha head. Solid impy aroma - roast malt, chocolate, tobacco, licorice - nice! Mouthfeel is absolutely luscious - rich, smooth, creamy, mmmmmm! Fantastic flavour with notes of dark bittersweet chocolate and fresh roasted coffee, with just a faint hint of alcohol in the finish. Killer! Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Robe noire surmontée d’une mousse timide. Arômes de pain grillé. Saveurs de porto, de pain grillé et d’alcool. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, blankboy, GregClow, and Jerc; courtesy of Harry. Crisp roast aroma, lots of chocolate malt, sweet and inviting - mild hint of chocolate as well - no alcohol. Really thick and creamy mouthfeel - wow, without even tasting it, that mouthfeel is incredible. Lots of creamy chocolate and coffee in taste - a perfect silky imperial stout. No hint of alcohol. Comes come in at the end after a few sips and are complimentary and balanced. An excellent example of this style, one of the best I have had. And a beer that uses an irish type name and doesn’t suck - far from it - that gets bonus points in my books! jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown - black body with a moderate khaki head. (3+) Muted roast and mild dark chocolate undercurrents in the aroma. Flavour has more prominent bitterness than expected, lots of malt witha touch of chocolate. Alcohol is invisible. Quite nice, but I didn’t find the complexity that my compatriots did.