Travlr (21198) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GAaBBF. Black, thick tan head with good retention. Aroma of burnt espresso and dark cocoa. Taste is coffee grounds, dark chocolate, light spice. Medium body. Very nice.
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery in Sitka. Deep brown/black appearance with a dark brown head. Fairly roasty, dark chocolate, and light smoke in the nose. Medium full body. Somewhat smoky. Pretty good.
djd07 (9749) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is roast, smoke, and nuts. Thin mouth, chocolate, roast, oat, light booze, dry finish, very good.
douglas88 (8336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GABBF. Pours a pure black color with a small off-white head. A light nose of roast and toffee. Cocoa cola flavors, dry earthy roast, coffee, light vanilla. Clean and good.
after4ever (7540) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Pours black with a very brief burnt tan head. Big sweet nose, kind of fumey, smells like a bit of ethanol snuck in on this one. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Roasty dark bittersweet chocolate mid palate, again with the treacly sweet ethanol notes. Mild sweet finish.
Ernest (7285) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2015 Bottle.
Head is initially large, creamy/frothy, rocky, brown, fully lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, roasted grain, black bread, bitter chocolate).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Well, crud, I have not been able to get repeat enjoyment out of this one, certainly not of the 4+ level like my first experience last year in Seattle. Everything else I’ve tried from BI up here in Alaska has been disappointing, so either quality has dropped or they’re very inconsistent. Rather watery and tart, like the other stuff from them that I’ve sampled on this trip. At least the aroma is still nice.
Sledutah (6974) - Utah, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at GABBF
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts and chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with tan foam. Tobacco, medium roast malt, chocolate aromas. Medium bodied. Nice dark roast, ash tobacco, black coffee flavors--good
kramer (5800) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a clear flat black body with a small foamy light brown head. The nose is really nice, roasty and chocolaty with an underlying caramel sweetness and a little coffee. The flavor is on the sweeter side for the style, but it’s not overly distracting. The finish is laced with a big of coffee and burnt malt, lingering coffee note. Medium to full bodied with a little clingy sweetness and a soft gentle carbonation level. Not a bad stout, but not among the best.
jgb9348 (5612) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich deep brown coloured body with a thickish, two to three centimetre tall frothy brown head - looking similar to a nicely poured Guinness. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, alcohol, milk, cream, grain, molasses and some more malt. Medium to Full-bodied; Very rich, caramely and chocolatey flavour with a ton of coffee flavours and bitterness and even more rich molasses, buckwheat, cherry and earthy malt notes - very rich and strong throughout the taste. Aftertaste shows a very rich deep chocolate flavour with a lot of coffee bitterness and hardly any sweetness, more of a vanilla and roasted flavour that dominates. Overall, a nice stout that borders on depth of a strong stout, especially with the thick body and complexity, but the alcohol by volume seems very nice and appropriate - almost too low. Definitely worth picking up if you can find this and don’t mind paying the ridiculously high price of ~10USD! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 04-October-2014 for US$9,95 sampled at home in Washington on 31-August-2014.