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Review by orbitalr0x on 11/08/13  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
2009 vintage. 7oz nip bottle.

Deep dark black pour with a small frothy dark tan foam cap. Tons of rich malts on the nose, dark chocolate, fruits, molasses, a bit of char. Rich.

Big malt sweetness collides with bitterness....lots of chocolate and dark fruits, molasses, raisins. Tons going on and still holding up great, just a hint of alcohol burn on the back end.

Nice and chewy with mellow carbonation, pretty much spot on for the style. It was fun to revisit this as I haven't had it in quite some time.

Served In: Snifter

Review by RedHaze on 07/28/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2001
Bottled 2001 consumed 2005.

Wow, this is one pours very black with a 1 inch very dark brown head.

Smells of chocolate, coffeee, currant, roasted malts, and some alcohol

Mild chocolate and coffee, currant, and bitter hops in the flavor. Very full and smooth mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this beer, but it's big beer that would be hard to have more than one, especially at 10.5% ABV. But that one beer is worth it. This beer only gets better as you drink it..

Serving type: bottle

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 17 5 9 2004
2004 Bottling
12oz Bottle
Received from mcallister

The '04 poured midnight black not allowing any light to escape. There is still a healthy amount of carbonation as the pour yields a two finger khaki head that stuck around for a few minutes before falling to a swirling with a couple thick islands and a thick ring around the glass.

The aroma on this older vintage is vinous and showing much more dark fruit than a more recent bottling. Roasted barley and mild coffee grounds are there but take backstage to the dark fruits. Fig, blackberry, and possibly even some prune. There are small wafts of alcohol drifting up to my nose as well. The '04 is much subdued compared to the '07.

The flavor is pretty much spot on with the aroma. The only noticeable difference is a splash of dark cocoa from mid-palate through to the finish. This dark cocoa goes really well with the dark fruitiness that's developed overtime. The flavor is much different from the newer release. I'm surprised at the huge difference three years made.

The mouthfeel on this beer is as luxurious as you could ask for; thick, coating and incredibly velvety. There's just enough alcohol noticeable to warm me up.

A stout this big and rich is a sipper and a satisfying one at that. This is a perfect for a cold winter day like this.

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2007 Bottling
750ml Ceramic Bottle
$14.99
Sam's Marcey

The 2007 bottling poured very similar to the '04. The body is black as night with a two finger brown head that had a purplish hue. The head on this bottling seemed to be creamier and leave slightly better lacing, not enough to warrant a perfect score but damn close.

The aroma is much more robust than on the older version, which is to be expected. Roasted barley, molasses, and licorice are the most common occurrences. The alcohol present on the backend creates some fruity esters. As a matter of fact smells like a pretty well rounded RIS.

The roastiness is big, bold and upfront. There are mild coffee grounds and even milder dark fruits. There's some cocoa on the backend but not nearly as pronounced as the '04. There is much more bold roastiness throughout especially when compared to the older version. Some spicy alcohol finishes things off nicely.

The mouthfeel on the '07 doesn't live up to the mouthfeel '04. Although this bottle is rich and chewy the mouthfeel just isn't as thick and velvety as the older bottle.

The bigger flavor (including alcohol) on this bottle hampers the drinkability slightly. This is one you couldn't drink too many.

After sampling a '04 and '07 side by side each one had qualities I enjoyed more than the other. The mouthfeel on the '04 was perfect and the drinkability was higher. The appearance, flavor and aroma were slightly better on the '07. The better flavor was a tough call because it's dependent on which flavors you're looking for on a particular night. Tonight, for me, it was the bigger roastiness compared to the dark fruitiness. The roastiness won out this evening.

Reviewed: 1/12/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by JJ on 11/18/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
I love the Ceramic bottle. Very cool look. Pours black with an awesome dark tan head that lasts forever. Great lacing throughout. Nutty, malty aromas. Some Coffee. Flavor explosion! Coffee, chocolate malty goodness. Very thick and syrupy mouthfell makes this an easier drink than a lot of Imp Stouts. Outstanding

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 07/29/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2006
I bought this bottle about a year ago, a 2006 vintage, ceramic, swing top bottle.

Pours quite dark, a bit syrupy and not too much head on this one. The beer does maintain a nice thick ring around the glass.

Heavily aroma of molasses, faint citrus hops, salty red meat aroma, a bit of soy sauce, roasted barley, chocolate malts, and dark chocolate. So far it has not impressed me, I’ll let this one warm up a bit more…Seems to be getting a little more chocolate aromas, sweet bread, and a bit of vanilla. The hops are still quite strong with some earthy, minty and slight citrus notes.

Hmm, a nice bitterness upfront followed by dark roasted malts, chocolate, cherry, and then the bitterness comes back to finish it off. Second sip is much of the same with a little more chocolate in the finish and a bit of alcohol. As the beer warms up there are some dark fruits that begin to show up, prunes, raisins, black cherries, and coffee. Hoppy finish and aftertaste with some grainy flavors. There’s a good beer there, under all those hops…still too bitter for my enjoyment.

The mouthfeel is pretty darn good, thick but with enough carbonation to make it feel smooth on the palate. Somewhat dry in the finish and aftertaste with some cocoa and earthy, citrus, hop bitterness.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
Review from 10/20/06

2004 Vintage. 12 oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Pours inky black. Absolutely no light getting though. Little head on the pour, but all the sudden there is a one inch head sitting there. Foam is chocolatey brown and thick looking. The look has me salivating.

S - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a bit of hops poking through.

T - Bittersweet chocolate attacks your tongue and is helped along with a spicy hop bite. Expresso comes through, but still with the taste of baker's chocolate on the tongue.

M - Seems a little thin, but is somehow still very creamy. Big bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

D - Nice beer, but I am sort of glad that I got some 12oz bottles. It's just the right amount.

Served In: Pint Glass

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