OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose. Roasty. Coffee, compost, chocolate, vanilla extract, caramel. Black color, no light gets through, small, but thick head that quickly reduced to a ring. Minor lacing. Bitter flavor, like aroma, with the abv showing up. Caramel got better as it warmed. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. ABV burns a little. Certainly a brash one. Maybe a little aging would help. I don’t know. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown/black with small tan head. Aroma is bitter chocolate and coffee. Taste is wonderfully bitter. Creamy, caramel, and rich. Dry bitter espresso ans sweet sugar. Finishes strong with alcohol. blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep impenetrable black with a small diminishing foamy light-brown head. Aroma’s a bit of an odd one to me: sweet malt, dark fruit, coffee liqueur, vanilla and light green hops resulting in an aroma that’s sweeter and less hoppy then I would have liked. Flavour’s roasty, sweet and quite bitter with a significant amount of alcohol. There’s a good amount of coffee and hops in the flavour but I still prefer my Imperial Stouts hoppier then this and not so sweet. Medium body’s a little thin for the style. Even though I found it overly sweet, it’s still a pretty good Stout and I’d have it again but ultimately I was a little dissapointed. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Thanks to Lauren for this birthday gift. Super-dark pour with a quite small, dark brown, frothy head. Aroma surprisingly weak: coffee, dark malt, with light caramel and vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor is immediately very bitter with a ton of coffee and hops; alcohol is hidden in the flavor (but not in the buzz). Mouthfeel incredibly chewy and sticky. At 12% abv, this will knock you down halfway through the bottle; a good beer for all the hopheads, but even as a coffee lover I find this beer too strong and bitter. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Thanks to El Jefe at the Hampton Dark Lord Day.Bitter coffee flavor is the first tastebut it becomes more complex after I let this warm a bit. Dark roasted malts along with chocolate,bitter chocolate that is,Molasses.Still one thing bothers me...it just seemed thin. I like the thickness of Expedition.
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Hard to decide just how I feel about this one. Really roasty with strong coffee flavor. Very chewy mouthfeel. Sticky sweet chocolate and cherry as well. Nice dry balance with coffee and hop bitterness. I’m finding some nice hops in here, taking the coffee, chocolate and fruit flavors full circle into a bitter-sweet boquet. Wonderfully complex and completely drinkable. Powerfully rich. On the other hand, some raisin and licorice, with an oily character that I don’t love. Strange marraige of creaminess and stickiness. Really nice roasted coffee finish. I guess I really like it, but don’t love it.
Terminus (3689) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2006
bottle-DLD06 thanks to ELjefe for the sample! Very close to black in appearance with a small tan, fizzy head. nose is woodsy, with quite a bit of piney hops, vanilla, milk chocolate and light coffee beans (less than what I was expecting). Flavors show the coffee infusion morso than the aroma suggests-char, roast, dark chocolate and fudge. nice palate-slick and lush. Big java finish with lingering husky quality, which is a good thing here FROTHINGSLOSH (7901) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 I have become quite fond of this brewer and had been looking forward to trying this one. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a medium sized dark brown head. You can smell this beer across the table as the aroma is amazingly strong coffee and sweet chocolate and moderate floral hops trailing. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. The flavor is strong bitter coffee with light sweet chocolate and strong floral hops. The hops are a bit unbalancing. The coffee really lingers of the aftertaste. This beer hides the 12% alcohol amazingly well. Incredible! wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Poured nearly black with some reddish highlights as the someone else mentioned. Smelled like hints of chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla bean and currant. Not strong enough in terms of the aroma. Coffee becomes stronger as it sits. Very smooth in terms of the taste with a unique coffee taste with a salty finish. Body was weak so I can’t score the mouthfeel high. Drinkability was terrific for the strength. Overall I was impressed but to me it was lacking in complexities. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle DL Day: Nearly opaque with reddish highlights topped by a small creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of mildly roasted coffee, vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, biscuity malt, earthy yeast esters, hint of smoke and grassy hops as well.
The taste is smoky and chocolaty followed by mild grainy flavors and hop bitterness. The finish is straight coffee imbued joy. The feel is a bit of a letdown even though it is oily and lush, seems a tad too chalky and almost cloy.
A solid brew and enjoyable but I am not sure it rates a near 4 overall average. Thanks El Jefe for the chance to taste this.