giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
I’m pretty sure this is going to be the highest rated beer I’ve done yet and it is very deserving of that title. It has a great roasted malt smell, and syrupy black apperrance with dark brown head that just says that this is truly a dark beer. The flavor is very powerful and bold and really attacks the senses in a way that is a real treat. This is a beer that you should truly get your hands on at all costs. Truly a top beer. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
Comes across not as an over the top Imperial but a quality high alcohol dry stout. An excellent achievement in brewing and restraint. Black and thick with a light slick head. Delicious scent tinged with aclohol. A well blended narcotic. Nice mouth feel and not overly thick. Flavours of charcoal, roasted notes and bitter chocolate. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Wow, poured dark, with dark brown head. Head is thick and frothy and creamy. Instant aroma of chocolate, and licorice and roasted malts, and coffee, and sweetness. The flavor is intense. Rich, and dark, like a full strength coffee with chocolate highlights. There is some nice carbonation, and a bitter sweetness like dark chocolate. This is like liquid exlir of life. There is good lacing and small amount of head left as I got close to the end. There is a dry finish, and this is an excellent brew. Awesome. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2005
(bottle) deep black with almost no head but some nice lace. Aroma of very roasted malt. Flavors of dark fruit, coffee, a hint of licorice. Full bodied-you don’t notice the EtOH RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Very dark with little head. There is so much going on in the flavor; chocolates, coffees, fruits, licorice. Nice and smooth. Doesn’t feel like it is almost 11% ABV. Nice Imperial Stout.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Pour is jet black with a small dark brown head...smell is definately sweet with coffee, chocolate, and I do indeed detect some sweet dark fruits (probably currants, but I haven’t smelled a currant in a long time other than Cassis beers ;)...wonderful thick chewy mouthfeel...sweet chocolate sticky stuff...a little bitter coffee bite before the swallow...twinge of alcohol in the finish...goodness indeed... MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
2004 bottle. Pours jet black, decent tan head, this is what a stout should look like. Aroma is malty, some vanilla and spices, very pleasant but not strongly potent. Flavor is wow!, rich, deep malt flavor, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, coffee, earthy notes, so much is going on yet everything has its place and its say in the overall flavor. Some alcohol bite creeps into the finish, though all the flavors stick around forever. Very smooth, rich and supple mouthfeel. This beer is the real deal, I’m going to let a few bottles age some more to satisfy my curiosity but this is a superb beer. dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2004
Bottled. Pours an intense black colour and builds a big, brown-coloured, frothy head. One can see the thickness of the body, while pouring it. The first aroma impressions are chocolate, lots of it, a fruitiness that I would describe as dark cherries, and coffee. The first sips reveal a melange of chocolate and coffee that reminds of choco-moccacino. Behind that lies roastmaltiness, sweetness and fruity flavours like blackcurrant and dark cherries. Ends alcoholic (of the vineous variety) and leaves a bitter-chocolate aftertaste. Very full-bodied with a creamy-thick texture. I really loved this beer. I would not say it´s perfect, because It´s very demanding and extreme, and it took me some while to finish the bottle, but still one of the best beers I´ve had. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - DEC 25, 2004
Pours black with a tiny tan head. Chocolate taste with average hop aftertaste, not as hoppy as i was hoping for. Slight alcohol taste. Great stout, but this has nothing on Storm King. joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Jet Black, small tan head that disappeared. It really coats the glass as you swirl it. Very strong aroma of coffe, alcohol, cherries, hint of chocolate. Very heavy feel, very rich flavor. Weighty and coating, long aftertaste. Flavor is somewhat unidimensional, bitter coffee, alcohol, some licorice and maybe some chocolate. Good beer, man, good beer.