hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
i don’t know. after tasting stone russian imperial and north coast old rasputin, this big bear black stout is rather thin. first of all, a phenomenal illumination of overhead kitchen light soared through the body of this beer. too much light. enough light for reconsideration, for idealism on the back walls of burning caves. (do i detect shadows?) i had this beer by itself for a bit. i like the largeness, the bodacious, the burnt rim of the long sitting truck station coffeeness, but where’s the chocolate and anise? finally, i served up some ice cream next to it. blue bell southem blackberry cobbler. then the beer became extraodinary. but, did you see that? it required a balancing agent. a condiment. a parental permission slip. alone, this beer does not hold up. it is too harsh and grating, although thin through the visual middle. however, given alongside cobbler ice cream and sweets, this beer could be dessert time favorite. i choose to remember it as such. when the wife buys blue bell, i’ll buy big bear black stout. praise God for middle ground.
culchiem (2879) - 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 (863) - 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.
shoulderbroken (2570) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Hop Haven. Smoky, roasty, bit of spice. Taste is great, spiky, but with vanilla, creme brûlée.
ThreeCats (635) - ISRAEL - MAY 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a mocha head. Aroma roast and sweet, dark fruit, sweet caramel, chocolate. Taste big and sweet, roasty, lots of chocolate, lots of coffee coming through later in palate and more chocolate (and some chalk) in finish. Very sweet. Good desert sipper, just sore of being cloying, but I probably wouldn’t drink more than one.
Xenon (109) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shame I had a bit of a stuffy nose tonight. This one was nice and hoppy, which was a surprise. The cascade hops are probably to blame. Really sweet also though. Gonna keep this one short. I liked it
Leighton (13520) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell during the Peter’s leaving do. Picked up somewhere about five years ago. Pours deep black with a large, frothy khaki head. The nose holds a bit of milk chocolate, burnt toffee, soft roast. Medium sweet flavor with lots of dry chocolate, toasted caramel, some tobacco, scorched earth, coffee beans. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with ample ashy roast, mild notes of oxidation, bittersweet cocoa, raisins. Drinking pretty well for the age but you can certainly detect the age.
EatMore73 (26) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby-black with an average size light brown head. Aroma is very hoppy with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and sweet. Taste is quite good-- hops, sweet malts, chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and much more. Impressive!
DSG (8101) - Tel Aviv, - APR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey & Rafaela’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a small tan head. Lovely big chocolate aroma. Sweet flavor with chocolate and roast. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded. Very good.
Chudwick (2380) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
double deuce - nose is licorice, dark chocolate, and candy sugar. Sip adds a sincere yum. Aftertaste is what the coffee must have tasted like in Twin Peaks when "a fish took a liking to my percolator". Lots of flavor and decent taste, but the body is thin. Nice bitter finish that is complex. Odd aftertaste, if you didn’t get that from the fish comment.
bigericsports (27) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown almost black with a decent mocha head. Nice lacing which lasts. Sweet chocolate, caramel, light coffee. Nice creamy mouth feel. Great finish.