SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a deep, dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of fresh roasted grain. Flavor of dark roasted grain with a faint sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation, kinda watery though. Overall, pretty good stuff!
HolidayBeerGuy (50) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle, good dark color, not quite black. Nose included caramel and cocoa. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, very smooth finish.
Ratman197 (12544) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of charcoal, bakers cocoa, light carmel and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, vanilla and light roastiness with a smooth lightly sweet lightly roasty finish.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from 750ml bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a soft tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Black fall somewhere in between the sweet and dry categories of most true Belgian stouts. The flavor was very sweet with lots of chocolate and roasted malts, but the finish was much more dry. Overall a remarkably fine beer.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL, no date thanks to GeneralGao (Colin) for giving this to me some time ago. Pours a clear ruby with a 1 1/2 finger creamy beige head, great retention. Roasted malts and dark chocolate are up front with a good dose of the unmistakable aroma of Belgian yeast. There’s also a bit of powdered sugar, hazelnuts, and a tinge of spicy alcohol. The flavor has the roast character slightly restrained, but there’s plenty of chocolate to make up for it. There is also a little bit of vanilla notes along with the aforementioned Belgian yeast. Semi-dry and roasty (and vanilla-y) in the finish with the bitterness peaking around a 3. Light to moderate creamy carbonation with a medium body. I figured this would be average, but it turned out to be a very tasty beer.
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Eli Cannon’s. Pours dark brown-black with heavy lacing. In fact, the bartender had to spend around one minute pouring out and refilling this to give me the most beer possible. A sin to beer connoisseurs, but more for me to drink! Aroma is very yeasty, with concentrated malt sweetness and licorice. Flavor initially tastes like a schwartzbier (slight toastiness, heavy sweet malt, some dryness), but some Belgian yeast and spiciness show up just in time to keep this beer afloat. Overall, I wasn’t thrilled, but this brew does have excellent drinkability and a deluxe, creamy mouthfeel.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, soft tan head. Aroma of chocolate, soy sauce, roasty malt. Taste is more chocolate, soy sauce, roasty body, thin feel, alcohol finish.
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, so no false advertising there. Lots of coffee and some yeasty fruityness. Flavor is a mix of coffee, blueberry and some roasty flavors, and some more yeasty flavors. Nice stuff.
brigg (589) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Big, brown head whose bubbles cascade down at first, then stabilize and expand to make big pockets and craters. Body is opaque and black. A roasty aroma, but still sweet; nuts, chocolate, earthy, leathery. There a tad sweetness up front but quickly dries out. Dark roasted, slightly burnt flavor of chocolate and coffee beans. Acidic and mildly bitter. Full bodied.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a large head. Aroma is strong, of roast coffee beans, chocolate, and a little licorice. Flavor is about the same. This is your basic stout in style, but a very high-quality one. Very nice flavor, but not at all offensive, and rather smooth. The slight alcohol burn was nice. Overall excellent. Perhaps the best non-Imperial stout I’ve had thus far. Thanks Allagash.