HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Thanks to Walt for sharing this beer. Pours a thick black/brown with a tan head and thick syrupy lacing. Roast, malt, hops, vanilla and coffee in the nose. The flavor is sweet and roasty at first then develops into bitter chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel. Great beer. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Dark thick body, modest head formation. Rich dark fruit, licorice and chocolate aroma. Big, thick chewy palate, lots of malt, especially sweet, creamy with strong coffee and licorice as well as prune and raisin fruitiness. Very sweet overall, not much hop bite, while the alcohol is very well restrained. magicbill (19) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Had the 04 right after release and again in Dec. of 05. This beer gets better. the first bottle had at least 2 fingers of sediment and the taste was overwhelming. a year later the sediment was minimal (itís non filtered). The taste smoothed out. The beer pours like a cream sherry and is too much to drink alone. My wife has used it in cooking and itís intense flavor really comes through. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
whoa....I expect a lot from this beer with its formidable ratings...letís see: beautiful, dark, thick black body with barely a head, but whatís there is dark tan around the sides of the glass. OK...the aroma is filled with smokiness, slightly alcoholic and yes, molasses as the commercial description suggests. Whoa! The flavor is intense! Heavily smoked, woody, chocolately, and full of coffee notes, some figs and dates too, adding to this complex mixture of interesting flavors. Very chewy, much more like a rich dessert than a beer...there is no way I could finish a bottle of this by myself, thatís for sure, but it is a great treat. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 [re-rate - note for 2006 version - much less balanced, and far more boozy - still damn tasty, though] Many thanks to zathrus13 for this one - this beer gives Speedway Stout a run for its money as my favorite Imperial Stout so far - this sucker pours a light-swallowing opaque, with a substantial brown head - burnt/roasty/carmelized aroma, with lots of oak, espresso, vanilla, vinous/red wine/port-like qualities - very oily mouthfeel - starts off very vinous, with sweet port character, some cherry, plum and figs - nice sweetness, but not cloying like most beers of this strength - then a strong, coffee bitterness shows itself, along with oak, some ashy/roastiness, boubon and enough alcohol to create a warmth, but not enough to burn - very long, lingering finish of cocoa and coffee, like eating chocolate-covered espresso beans - almost perfect.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
This is the first beer Iíve given a 5 to. I honestly couldnít find any room for improvement in this beer. GIANT thanks to Rebecca for sending this to me.
I poured violently to try for a head and was rewarded with a huge one. It wouldnít go away. That never happens. Head is brown, Seems oily as I pour. This stuff is blacker than a blender full or Andrew Eldritch. Nose is soo beautiful. Rich deeply roasted malt, cherry, some vanilla, maple/powdered sugar, a hint of alcohol, pancakes. Damn. This tastes like heaven in a glass. Cherries, chocolate, bitter hops, coffee, oak, perfect alcohol presence, caramel, toffee, honey. Long long coffee, chocolate finish. Incredible mouthfeel. Wow. qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2006
STRONG chocolate presence in the aroma, followed by malt, coffee, and others i canít place. This beer is black, and by black, I mean that it will consume your infernal soul. Almost no head, however, rudyís glass was ALL head (has a pleasent rich caramel /mocha color). Bitter chocolate yields to coffee, malt, and a bit more bitter, caresses the tongue like fine silk. --if you let it sit in your mouth, you salivate, and can drink it for longer.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
This beer greets you with a hearty aroma consisting of coffee, malt, molasses, hops, dates, and a sweet spice smell that sneaks in from the background. It fills the glass with a thick black liquid that settles under a thick cashew brown head. The taste is a reward. Its strength grabs you and reminds you that this is not for the weak beer drinker. The beer is heavy yet extremely smooth. The rich taste of heavy malt greets the palate then a hearty coffee taste takes over. This beer fades with a healthy bitter nut taste rolling down the throat.
MiP (15650) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful, powerful chocolate aroma. Thick black appearance. This is SO thick, thicker than hot chocolate. Flavour is a lot like chocolate mousse, only more bitter. Quite bitter aftertaste. Very nice, but it does get a bit much. 8 3 7 3 14
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2006 bottle. Nice coffee aroma. Black colour, thick-flowing. Very powerful flavour, strong salty liquorice and English liquorice. Sweet coffee, creamy aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel. 8 4 8 3 17
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 I canít say enough about this ridiculous beer. I drank this beer for the first time on new years eve 05/06, while eating a chocolate fondue. Strong alcohol, coffee, and hoppy aroma. This beer takes a big, fat, thick dump on your tongue, and it doesnít give up. Itís the thickest beer Iíve ever experieced, but itís still 13% alcohol, amazing.