jackamackson (127) - USA - JAN 4, 2006
had this at widmer gasthaus. dark near black pour, with a small tan head. smells like an IS. roasty and coffee-y. full mouthfeel. lots of chocolate coffee and roast malt in there. slightly hoppy and alcoholic finish. a pretty good IS, very drinkable. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Bottled from draft. I hear this beer is no longer going to be brewed by Widmers, which is a crying shame. Pour like any well made Imp, opaque, almost black, moderate brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey, with some toffee & roast flavors in the background. Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly acidic. Full and viscous mouth feel. Hops kind of linger on into the finish. A fine beer. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2005
GABF 2004 pour. Not as black in color as I expected. As we held it to the light it actually let some rays through, it’s almost a deep brown-black with a light tan head. Roasted malty nose with coffee hints, very nice but doesn’t separate itself from the best. Nice full mouthfeel, more malts, some chocolate flavor, some bitterness. I liked this one but it wasn’t stellar......heck, I’d love to find it in a bottle here in FL, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it out. That’s something given how much I like the style. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
On tap at Widmer: Nearly black in color with a thin kahki head. Chocolate, licorice and very light coffee in the aroma. Moderate roast, chocolate, some light berry notes and a touch of marshmallow. Not bad. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Tap at PIB. Black colored with a long-lived tan head. Good lacing. Nice roasted grain aroma, chocolate and coffee. Medium to full bodied, lower carbonation level. Chocolate roasted flavors. Quite solid, alcohol is non-detectible.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Taster @ PIB. pours a black, ruby when held to light color. Low apparent hop, roasted coffee arome. A very yeasty beer. Lots of raosted malt flavor, with playful hints of chocolate. A pretty solid stout. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2005
A great stout had this at the (PIB) Portland International Beerfest. Started with a good strong flavor. This had a bite and it carried throughout the beer. Nice head and a great finish. I liked this Stout. Perfect stout for a good cold day I would drink another for sure. Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Great beer. Had it on the tour at Widmer, and they really, really build it up, and deservedly so. Dark as night, and lovely with a bit of chocolate. Ungstrup (37574) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2005
[At GABF 2004] A pitch black beer with an orange head. The arom is great with loads of chocolate as well as notes of coffee. The flavor is also great: sweet with notes of chocolate turning towards prunes to end up like coffee on a subtle background of alcohol. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bottle, RBSG 2004.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of brown sugar.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, velvety/creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Rich, yummy stuff.