mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black from bomber with beige halo and vague bitter chocolate aroma.
Medium-lean body and moderate flavor profile- of chocolate, debittered chocolate malt-- is too slight for the heft of the alcohol presence, not to mention the designated style. (This is not to say an Imperial stout has to be syrupy, over-the-top.) Will need to try this offering again.
Turned out this was my fourth place choice (of four) in blind tasting for best stout in Sonoma County (strong field).
astanford (34) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bread, hay, toast, roasty, earthy, leaves, leather, smoke, woody, black, minimal head, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, thick feel,
chinchill (3357) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
undated 22 oz. bottle served in pint glass (from May 2011 notes).
A - Black with reddish brown edges. Frothy, mixed-density tan head with very good retention and exceptional lacing.
S - Dark roasted malts dominate, as they should, but there’s also a spicy hop note and hints of coffee and caramel. Slight evidence of higher ABV.
T - A model stout, with all the elements that should be found present in excellent proportion. Rich dark malts without undue smokiness or burnt qualities accompanied by a near perfect hop flavor and bitterness. Higher ABV is almost completely hidden. Excellent finish and aftertaste!
M - Superb full body with above average carbonation for style that seems perfect.
O - I believe this is the best ’normal’ stout I’ve ever had (i.e., excluding exotics like Founders CBS). Rather hoppy for style, but not radically so, and with great effect.
GenkiGonzo (776) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Antenna America. Pours almost black with a thick tan head. Big roasty coffee aroma. Very full-bodied, solid stout.
dinkle50 (1189) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with an espresso head. Lots of lace. Aroma of chocolate. Full mouth. Very estery. Taste has some chocolate and coffee notes. Dry finish. The coffee notes were what I liked about this one.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Dark pour with a big mocha head. Coffee, mocha, cream, bitter dark chocolate. Smoother and silkier than expected. Medium easy to drink vody with a long finish. Nice!
davidtjm (976) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is black with a caramel head, aroma is toffee, malty, caramel. Taste is malty, sweet, pleasant balance. Nice
ManVsBeer (6462) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Latitude, Leeds. Apparently this was one of a last batch brewed before a ban on the commercial use of water in the brewery’s area at the time. It was the last one in the shop I bought it from where I got this back story. A fairly crisp stout, and retains plenty of roasted malt aroma and taste with a small soapy character to it. Black, no head.
tightslice (601) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour from Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. Pours black and burly. Taste is a rich, luscious mix of chocolate, coffee, caramel and the like. BIG BEAR! BIG BEAR!
culchiem (3152) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from San Jose. Deep black with a tan head. Aroma is creamy vanilla. Flavor is toasted spice, malt and chocolate, dry roast vanilla, burnt finish.
jeremyh70 (928) - Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a nice 1 finger khaki colored head and good lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt, coffee beans and herbal hops. Taste has nice dark chocolate and espresso with a bit of herbal hops on the finish. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.