HopBackDoc (472) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with off-white head. Aroma of roasted grains and plums. Flavor was velvety-smooth malts (probably the oats added to the texture), toffee, plums and cherries, and a satisfying hop finish. Well balanced and tasty and the alcohol was well hidden.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A creamy and very sweet chocolaty and fruity stout. Slightly below average for the style.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed about 6 months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose is of a freshly baked fruit dessert (raisin pie comes to mind first) and vanilla. Taste is has a lot of chocolate /cacao, a lot of vanilla, burnt sugars, raisin pie, fruit cake, strong lactic notes (milk chocolate). Alcohol is relatively well hidden, but sweetness is not. Body is very creamy. The beer is not aggressive, it is in fact very smooth for a 10% brew but it is a bit straightforward and too sweet so the first glass is kind of fun but I got tired of it by the end of the bottle. Overall I thought it was good, but not very good. Very much average for the style, if not slightly below average. Another very sweet chocolaty stout that Americans will rave about. If I was running a food/beverages company in the USA I would have a winning marketing strategy to make big $. I would remove all the "No sugar added" labels from my unsweetened products and put a "Lots of sugar added" label on all the my other products and watch the money pour in.
beerbastard (630) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has a burnt roasted malt nose. Bitter dark chocolate with a dryness to it, this counters the malt sweetness. Makes for a interesting balance.
Smooth silky palate. Hides the alcohol. Maybe a little vanilla, too. The burnt taste stays thru the nose to finish. I like it, would like to see how it ages after a few months.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty good, has a distinct strong taste of malts that has a spicy, cola like flavor that is constant. the rest of the hops is also very peppery and gives a flavor that is constant. decent all the way around.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is sweet and toasted with hints of peat and earth. The burnt malt also gives it both chocolate and coffee. The appearance is brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a decent beer but nothing too special.
jeremytoni (2889) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Papago. Pours crude oil balck with a one finger tan head. The nose is burnt rubber, roast, coffee and hops. The taste is burnt malt, ash, chocolate, coffee and some bittering hops in the finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer. Iíve been wanting to try this so Iím glad it made it to the desert!
Mystery_Tramp (29) - USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Excellent Imperial Stout. Thick, rich body. Black as night, strong aromas of coffee, roasted grain, caramel. Layered flavor of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel. This one rocks!
Hair6a11 (1256) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is dark brown/ black like the deep sea where this one was born. The bottle art is the best feature on this brew, frankly. That aside - what we have here is a brew that provides the user with bittersweet chocolates and ground coffee beans on the nose. This brew was near cloying with the initial handful of sips. To be fair ; this brew clearly needed to warm up to cellar temperature from the fridge. Bittersweet chocolate and roast coffee is a very distinct element of this brew, but it is followed up by the currants, which i appreciate for various reasons. Still - this brew does not work as well as Victory of Sea. That, I will say with complete confidence - and I think part of my negativity is rooted in that, so take that for what you will.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
POURED BLACK WITH A THIN HEAD SMELLED OF ROASTED MALTS AND COFFEE TASTED ABOUT THE SAME VERY GOOD BEER