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Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
100 3 12 20 5 10 2004
i FINALLY get to try this....
this i.s. filled my pint glass with no head at first,but foamed up a little brown head that soon vanished..BLACK as halloween with no light to be seen at all.nice thick and creamy dark brown head that leaves huge webbing on the glass.the smell gave off hints of coffe/nuts.
now for the taste.......
WOW!
LOADS OF COFFE all the way through this one ending with a bit of alcohol for that imperial bite.although it does not taste anywhere near 12%.
this is like redhook double black stouts older,bigger,and better brother.
overall i must say this beer kicks ass!
i even let my lady have a sip,she is not the biggest beer fan,but likes some porters and stouts.she says "this is the best beer you have ever let me try"
if you get your hands on a bottle.save it for something special!!!!(2004 BOTTLE RE-RATED ON 11-20-2006.OPENED IN CELEBRATION OF THE END OF COTTON SEASON)nice black body with brown highlights around the rim.small head that faded fast.coffee is a little less subtle on this 2 year old version than in a fresh batch.alcohol is still pretty upfront and i expected it to be calmed a bit.chocolate really stands out now as does dark fruits and fudge.body is very smooth and silky.well balanced and awsome overall.(2005 BOTTLE OPENED ON 12-18-07)black as night with a brown head that tired to form but didnt.nice balanced aroma of fudge,chocolate,coffee,and just a hint of alcohol.flavor is much of the same with the velvety smooth texture they talk about in the description.this is simply awesome with 2 years on it. (RE-RATE ON 5-5-08 OF A 2004 BOTTLE)black body with no head.the aroma is out of this world.chocolate,coffee,cherry,roasted malt.i could smell this for hours.the flavor is not quite as good.the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery,but you still pick up all the characteristics of the aroma.this may be a bit past its prime.

Price: $10.00 Served In: Snifter