BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in snifter: Pours basically opaque with a rich tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roast, char, coffee, vanilla and resiny hop esters. A tad earthy, tobacco and grainy as well. The taste delivers on what is expected with an initial crush of choc/van/roast malt overtone with more coffee-ish and hop bitterness in support. Some lactic acid twang but not all that sweet nor fruity. The finish is a tad harsh and green, seems boozier than 8%... this is really an Imperial Stout in Milk Stout clothing.
brian60625 (701) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle shared among 6. Roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate and mild hop presence (reminiscent of yin-yang), some fired, spicy coffee beans. Appearance is a very dark brown, bordering on black with a solid dose of brown head on top that sticks around for a while. The taste is bigger than I expected for a sweet stout: unsweetened chocolate, malt, roasted coffee beans, and a minor amount of cayenne. Palate is pretty hearty for a sweet stout, thick, creamy and smooth. Overall, a surprisingly good, relaxing sweet stout from a brewer thatís bound to get big quick. They put an awesome label on it too.