allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Draft at Galaxy Hut. Black pour, tan head. Thick mouthfeel. Roasty, coffee notes, nicely bitter finish, with a hint of alcohol. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2006
Dark black in color with a very faint red hue as you hold it up to the light. My eyes could just be playing tricks on me. A nice thick tan head, that fades to a lacey sheet. Aroma is hugely roasted malts. Flavor is mostly the same with hints of grapes, and coffee, and maybe even a little to salty, which is common to the style. Palate is medium bodied, with a smooth texture. Warming in the chest. Tastes even better as it warms. Two thumbs up for the boys at NCB. mhack1128 (16) - gainesville, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2006
Pours Black with a thin foamy layer, reminds me of world wide stout when i pour it, strong taste with noticeble sugars in it, like a caramel. finish was good but a little more bitterness then i expected, the second and third sips felt smoother. overall a very good beer that just makes you feel much more relaxed. i said to a friend that it reminds me of a poor mans rochefort 10 (which can go near $10 a bottle vs the $7.50 a 4 pack for this one) a solid beer overall BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2006
[bottle] Pours a pitch black color, looks kind of thick in the glass. Sweet aroma, slight coffee and chocolate notes. Flavors is intense, deeply complex and long-lasting. Kind of sweet at first, then mellows out into a coffee/roasted malt finish that is just massive. henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, big creamy head, some laces; Very pleasant, deep complex nose with a superb balance that makes it a bit hard to take apart: cinnamon, milk chocolate and a little warm red fruit; Very big soft and balanced body with a soft texture; Into long finish with some bitterness, coffee and some warm and full licorice. Full very well balanced beer. It could have more balance and fill, but its well made balance makes it incredible pleasant - - - - - - - - -Black with thick light brown head, the head could stay a bit longer; Huge nose, not as deep as expected, and a little to sweet: Caramel, cinnamon, milk chocolate on a spicy hoppy background; Huge super balanced body, again to the sweet side, some bitter character steps out in a very long finish, which almost has more aroma then the nose, in a more powerful way: mostly of licorice, but again with spicy hop, caramel and some dark berries, maybe blueberry (these can also be found in the nose but only very faint). Super beer, just a little to sweet for me (7-4-8-4-17).
chicagobears (473) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Black opaque, thin tan line. Strong woody and pine needle aroma. Flavor of roasted almonds, bitter coffee, sweet raisin chocolate. A wood smokiness lingers. Hardly any alcohol presence. Full and robust as expected. Best stout I have tried.
thewolf (12600) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
Wonderful almost black colour (but with reddish/mahogany colours interfering beautifully). Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts and barley in general. Taste is complex, quite alcoholic. But is starts with a powerful assault of roasted malts, but wnds up as a ful.-bodied example of a stout. With taste of barley, bitterness and in particular smokiness and taste of roasted malts it is excellent. feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2006
Aroma was more citrusy than I was expecting, accompanied by coffee and cocoa beans. Nice and smooth (alcohol not too apparent) with an interesting mix of flavors, between the coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and bitter citrus flavors. Very interesting and multi-dimensional, and not what I was expecting. Would like to try again once I develop my palate more and get better at distinguishing more flavors in beer. jake65 (3696) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2006
Indeed a rich, flavorful brew with a deep intesity throughout. Tastes of maltiness and chocolate, a bit of fruit, coffee undertones, and hopiness. Delightfully well balanced and smooth. Cheers!!! mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2006 I like this beer well enough. I’ve only had a few imperial stouts, but I prefer Samuel Smith’s version. I don’t taste as much complexity in the flavor of this one. Bitterness hit me right away but that could be because I had already thrown back a few beers before this one. Head starts out big, but shrinks to a nice flim on top. Had a taste of this after a Celebrator Doppelbock, so I will have to try this one again with a fresh palate. Anyway, this beer goes great with a nice chocolate dessert.