valpoaj (710) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - Pours black - nice deep brown head that recedes slowly. Aroma is quite nice with a solid dose of bittering hops...lots of coffee, some chocolate (dark), malts obviously evident. Flavor is similarly tasty with a strong bitter component - not a bad thing in any way...coffee and chocolate are still apparent, but nothing really ’stands out’...this kept it from a higher rating in this category. Palate is medium to full bodied, not overbearing, and hides the alcohol nicely. Nice offering!
Darwenus (828) - Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler filled at Barrell Chest in Roanoke. Pours thick and black, the foam is thin but it leaves an obstinate lace. The aroma is rich and strong; anise, burnt malt, a little bit of tingle. The flavor is big and hearty up front, with strong cereal malt and coffee. The finish is a little on the thin side. The 10% ABV is completely buried under the malt. Overall, a really good imperial oatmeal stout.
patricks110 (2392) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really disappointed me. THe pour is beautiful with a fully opaque black body, thick, creamy tan head. The nose is not as robust as I would like and the chocolate, espresso notes seem dulled. Smooth and rich with a mellow roasted malt notes. NOt so robust but very smooth and easy to sip for this style. Falls short of the line for me
radio_nowhere (1366) - Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into snifter glass, opaque deep dark brown (black) color with dark tan head. Aroma notes of strong molasses, caramel, roasted malt sweetness, chocolate, some coffee, nice dried dark fruits and tad perfume. Taste adds licorice, nuttiness, wood ash, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, toast, some oatmeal and light berries. Heavy body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, rich with lingering bitter roast finish. Big brew, sweeter and more fruity hop nuanced.
Darkmagus82 (2216) - - FEB 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a two finger head of dark tan foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, fading over time to leave bits of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of a caramel and molasses sweetness with a good strong roasted malt showing. Along with these aromas comes other sweet smells of chocolate and a big dark fruit aroma of raisin and prune. Some lighter coffee aromas and a little bit of a woody and earthy aroma are there as well, producing a nice and sweet, roasted aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt taste that is mixed with a rather strong showing of a caramel and molasses sweetness. The molasses and caramel, while strong upfront, actually get even stronger as the taste advances further on. Along with these sweet flavors comes some lighter dark fruit flavors of fig and raisin as well as a little bit of a plum taste. Some light boozy tastes come more toward the middle, giving a slightly warming sweet and roasted taste. While the sweetness increases, it is balanced by some dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors, which in the end, mix with a little bit of a grainy and woody taste to leave a sweet, slightly warming, and roasted, but still rather balanced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the rich roasted and sweet flavors of the brew a slightly thicker and creamier feel may have been slightly better, creating a thicker medium for all the flavors to be fully appreciated.
Overall – A fairly nice imperial overall. A bit on the sweet side, but I like the bit of wood and decently strong roast that balance it all out later in the taste, making this one a rather nice sipper overall.
tsd08460 (706) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: roasty, chocolate, coffee, citrus, floral,
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, chocolate, coffee
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black body with mahogany trim sits beneath a solid inch of frothy-smooth khaki head... frothy dots and thin, short peninsulas of lace emerge on each sip while the head falls to solid ring...
Medium plus intensity, blueberry and grape jam are blanketed in dark chocolate brightened by that signature Ballast Point bubble gum character with accents of creamy oats, caramel, and smoke transitioning to dryer notes of coffee and light pine as the exceptionally smooth med-med+ body with solid cohesiveness and light tact rolls through... light, mildly spicy, complimentary alcohol warmth... clean, sticky residuals coat with medium duration to offer a sense of green and yellow tropical fruit with dark chocolate syrup and light molasses
22 OZ capped bottle without date code served at 55º into Riedel Swirl Red Wine glass
Samtzu (84) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Past best before date 650ml bottle. Fantastic aroma, powerful. Strong Malty flavors, light velvet texture. Even though the beer was past its best before, still a fantastic stout.
Mark_Eck (1550) - - FEB 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, some coffee, and chocolate.
reebtogi (5460) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours black in color with a generous light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted grains and coffee with some chocolate and hints of vanilla. Taste is a roasted grain and citrus hop bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness and vanilla in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Very well done brew that suits the style well and I highly recommend this for other stout lovers to sample.