SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005 black. small dark brown head. roasted mocha aroma. strong coffee and roasted nut taste. more carbonated than many stouts. long aftertaste. slightly hoppy in beginning, then coffee, then alcohol, and finishing bitter. awesome complex beer. altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 1, 2005
One of the best stouts I ever had. It doesn’t go overboard with the sweetness like many do, ruining them IMO. NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2005
bottle. Pours pitch solid black with a dark tan head. Upon closer inspection, I can detect the deep ruby hues around the edges. The aroma is gigantic roasted coffee. The mouth is chewy and full of espresso with some residual alcohol burn and some dark cacao notes. This is not an easy drinking beer. It’s a beer that will kick the drinker’s ass and dominate his palate. FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Probably the best stout i ever tasted. Black body with a huge light brown mostly lasting head. Taste of coffee and licorice. Laaasting taste. Full body with a light alcoholic finish FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Eh. Great thick mouth feel, pretty dark brown, and solid stout (coffee, chocolate) flavor. So what’s the problem? This beer doesn’t cover its high alcohol content very well. Personally, I want a smooth experience when having a stout, and this isn’t it. Bitter (but not coffee bitter) and bites too hard. Feels at times like an angrier version of Rouge’s Shakespeare stout. Not a bad beer by any means, but I won’t be buying it again. Don’t dare drink before it warms a little.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 26, 2005
A beautiful pour with a dark, almost black body and milk chocolatey looking head. Intense flavor of chocolate and anise. Very strong, very flavorful. agl108 (1306) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours jet black with a tan head that dissipated to a ring of bubbles. Tiny spots of lace remained on my glass. Aroma is predominately of licorice and coffee. Intense roasty malt flavor. Finishes with an overwhelming coffee flavor with a touch of alcohol. I’d love to try this on draft. sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Nice pour from the bottle with a creamy tan head and dark brown almost black appearance. Aroma is chocolatey with smokey tones and something almost tangy. Malty chocolates in the flavor with fruit tones like dark cherry in the finish. Smooth balance between the dark malts, toffee and the tangy fruit notes. Mouthfeel is full and warming all the way to the belly. Rich, robust beer that is just right for me when I am in the mood for a good stout. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
On tap at The Map Room. Pours with a thick creamy head. Did not get much aroma off it, some mild charcoal and chocolate. Very rich and creamy. There is a little alcohol in the taste but I did not find it as objectionable as others have. A very enjoyable imperial. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Great looking stout. Smells strong of choc. and coffee. Were orginal imp. stouts this high in coffee tones? Anyway, very good with a slaty toffee taste. The hops heavy in the palate, prob. worth storing. A very enjoyable beer.