robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
Black Coloring. No Head. Another Possibly Bad Bottle. Extremely....Without Flavor. Smooth is the Only Good Thing to Really Say About It. Some Malt There. Will Try Again to Rerate. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Black as night with almost a red glow. It didn’t have a bunch of head. Very rich flavor almost like coffee but just a little sweet. You can taste a little of the alcohol at the end but it finishes very well. Deep smokey flavors abound in this one. It is a fantastic brew. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Black in color with a dark tannish/brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, malted milk and coffee. Starts sweet and finishes bitter, smokey,burnt roasted malt and bread. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Pours deep dark colors, very heavy black with fuby rred colors throughout and a creamy brown head. The aroma is quite somkey, roasted, and has a sweet malty bread character. Full smokey roast flavor, light coffee and bready malt hit first and sit in the throat where more smokey feel hangs out. Some chocolate flavors are part of a very full creamy feel. There is a nice bitterness that provides good balance but is not powerful enough to make the field even, which is good because the malt of this beer is it’s strength. Decent stout, but I don’t think it’s as strong as some rate it. liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2005
bottle. poured nice and dark. slight head. great roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate. full-bodied tast fills the mouth. a welcomed slight after taste. great stout, no let down.
Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 thanks to the growler for hooking this up!!!poured blacker than black with a tiny chocolate head.aroma is a blend of chocolate,coffee,smoke,and roasted malts.very well balanced i must say.the flavor and mouthfeel are bolth very pleasing and complex.i captured smoke,roasted malts,chocolate,coffee,and a bit of a bitter hop finish.plus the alcohol is maked very well.this is another brew that changes over 10 seconds or so.again,very complex.overall this is well balanced,complex,and smooth.good stuff!! StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Nice, think pour. Black as night. Little tan speckles sit on the top, but there’s not much of a head. Smells hoppy - I think 58 IBUs are in this mother. Also smells of dark chocolate malts and of molasses. Taste is fantastic. Full-bodied: one sip creates a rich, nutty and toasted chocolate warmth that circulates throughout the mouth. Coffee-like bitterness, almost like sipping the bottom of a batch of espresso that’s been cooling on the countertop all day long. Good stuff. badgerben (5253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Original rating 3/19/05: Black color with no head. Good aroma of barley, but a very plain taste of the same. What the heck is going on? No chocolate, no coffee, no nothing. Please be a bad bottle... 6/3/6/3/13 Re-rate; Cellar Reduction Night, Oct 20, 2007. Black color with no head. Slight coffee aroma. Grainy taste and a slightly burnt malt finish. You know, I’m not going to change my rating of this. jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 bottle thanks to hopscotch. complex aroma. reminds me of a. le coque imperial stout with a distinct smoky oaky sourness. not quite offensive but somewhat intriguing - aside from the smoke, not exactly what i look for in an imperial stout. a good amount of chocolate malt offsets the sourness. extreme roast and chocolate dominate, but it’s quite smooth despite the sourness that the aroma might have indicated. almost as if vaporizable acid had been added to it because the aroma belies the palate. nice and thick; excellent beer. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Bottle, made sometime after GABF 2003: Black with a brown head, like the brownest that I’ve ever seen. Deep rich chocolate aroma, without much roasted character. Light carbonation, oily texture, full bodied, starts and ends lightly sweet, and ends dry. Chocolate lingers in the mouth and I bet this beer would taste good on ice cream.