kathouse (1197) - Nevada, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very deep brown beer with a foamy tan head. Good carbonation and full mouthfeel makes this a creamy and pleasant ale. Nose is chocolate and toast with vanilla and milk. Very creamy. Full of chocolate flavor. Like this one a lot.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of caraway, anise.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
An absolutely delicious beer...complex, enticing aroma, very clean, nicely textured and balanced, amazing head....it gets everything right without going over the top in any way. A class act.
Travlr (14702) - 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.
jsquire (3669) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the í12 GABBF. Dark beer with a thick foamy tan head. Malted milk ball nose. Full flavored beer with flavors of malt powder malted milk balls, chocolate and some roasted grains. More alcohol flavor than the ABV would seem to indicate. Nice big beer.
puboflyons (2372) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 651 ml. bottle. That extra milliliter must make all the difference! Absolutely gorgeous dark brown, no, make that a black pour, with a foamy tan head that settles back slowly and laces along the way. Aroma of milk chocolate, dark malts, and an earthy hop note. Thought not an oatmeal stout I do pick up some oat grain. Medium to bold body. The chocolate and malty character kicks in at first in the taste but then there is this explosive but still mild bitterness roaring up on the backside. Very nice all around.
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from some random bottle shop in Scagway Alaska. Pours an opaque black with a bit of tan head that dissipates slowly. Smell is tons of chocolate, some roasted malt, not much in the hop spectrum. Palate is medium bodied with good carbonation. Taste is slightly roasty at first with a bit of sweetness, then a bit more roastiness. Aftertaste continues the slightly bitter roastiness for a bit before tailing off into nothing. Pretty good, but more of an imperail stout than an RIS.
Bulk_Carrier (2521) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Pours a dark brown and leaves the same color body, one finger off-white/tan foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the body, lingering clingy lacing; the aroma has deep dark roasted chocolate malts, light toasted barley and a bit of coffee coming through; the taste is bittersweet between the chocolate and the coffee, barley helps to balance a bit, dry coffee aftertaste, dry finish; its pretty easy on the palate, overall, very good American Stout that I would have again
jgb9348 (4983) - 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 donít 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.
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with ring of head. Thick oaty aroma along with black barley and a smooth penetratingly deep roast, making for a thought-provoking combination. Rich synthesis of oats and dark roasted malts shape the robust, yet smooth body. Aptly suited for Alaskan winters. A lovely, hearty brew.
douglas88 (6812) - 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.