TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had with james and pat. Pour is black with medium brown head. Aroma is luhlght cocoa and coffees. The flavor continues this theme
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Mikey711. Pours black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, coffee and a bit of sweet chocolate. Flavor has a strong sweet chocolate flavor with a surprising hop presence. The coffee and roasted malts are definitely much more of an undertone in the flavor.
vtafro (2341) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Roasty coffee aroma with some chocolate malt background. Flavor is mostly chocolate, with some roasted coffee, and light hop background. Smooth textured beer. Warming isnít significant.
illidurit (2007) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into an absurd massive chalice that wouldnít have broken if Iíd thrown it at a wall. Deep black color with a thin creamy light-brown head. Zesty coffee aroma with touches of red fruits ad dark chocolate. Fudge and coffee flavor, very fresh, not like the cold, burnt coffee notes of some other imperial stouts. Light peppery alcohol influence and a dry, bitter, lasting finish. Mild fruitiness in the background. Fulfilling mouthfeel.
zdk (1805) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap: at Rattle n Hum - pours black with no head, tart and carbonic acid, dark fruits, roasted malts and brown sugar.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a nice deep dark cocoa black with a frothy lasting head. Aroma is earthy chocolate covered raisin, roast, pine, fresh resinous hops. Flavor is a bit oily leather, chocolate roast, phenolics, mint, licorice and fennel seed. Finish is a bit oily but somewhat smooth- Ok.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a shiny black with a thin tan head. A different stout nose than Iím accustomed to. A bit rummy and malty and on the light side. The taste on the other hand was far from light. Big bodied with huge roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate rule this beers world. A bitno warming makes the abv a touch noticeable. Really good.
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in as last beer in a flight of 4 from ballast point. Pitch black with a slight ring of bubbles on the rim. Complex malts, coffee and liquorice with hoppy undertones in the aroma promises an amazing taste. Beautifully balanced complex with a full body and lasting finish. WOW
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Lots of roasted malt with some piney hops. Alcohol in the aroma made me think it would be hot, which was not the case. This is a West Coast IS for sure, plenty of hop bitterness. Rich and full bodied. Big roasted malt finish with some drying hops. Long finish. Went down way too easy for a 10% beer!
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown-black opaque liquid with nice mocha head that dissipates. A mix of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt notes with excellent dark fruit chiming in from somewhere. Itís not a chocolate malt bomb or aggressively roasted. This beer attains a balance between the big stout flavors. There is a natural, malty coffee flavor (as opposed to the flavor from added coffee beans, no disrespect to coffee stouts). There are some citric, herbal hops, at least they taste that way over the flavorful dark-roasted malt. Dark stone fruit backs up the malt with flavors of prunes and plums which combine well with the citric hops. Itís a well-crafted flavor. Thereís good complexity to the beer and the alcohol is relatively well-hidden. Slightly viscous. Drinkable. Good aftertaste. Well-balanced.