drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, released a few weeks ago. pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. the aroma is sweet, tons of port wine, raisins, a faint smokiness, licorice and molasses. big sweet dark fruit flavors, juicy plums and raisins, earthy licorice and molasses, with a long sweet caramel and brown sugar finish. the body isn’t huge but the mouth feel is full and with a long finish that has some piney hop notes balancing the sweetness out just enough. the alcohol is extremely well hidden. I normally don’t like sweet sugary imperial stouts but this is actually very drinkable and the sugar is checked by some good hoppage. this reminds of fresh dark lord, world wide stout, and meph stout except that it is actually balanced and drinkable. I’m not sure how age will really help this, it already has tons of port notes, alc is hidden, and i love the hops balancing it out. man I wasn’t expecting to like this this much.
BVery (7896) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Whoa - black pour, tan head. Vinegar on the nose, fairly heavy mouthfeel. Taste is coffee and acidity. A beauty.
AndyReynolds (1048) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Bottle. Pours a rich black with a thin lingering tan head. Aroma is very sweet with dark chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol, and roasted malts standing out, notes of sweet malts, candied sugar, and licorice come out. It almost has a cough syrup type aroma to it. On the palate, it is thick and chewy. The flavor is a little too sweet, but a coffee flavor comes out (the coffee bitterness kinda balances out the sweetness). Very well done beer, I think with a year or two of aging, this has the potential to be one of the best stouts.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely one of the worst "batch series" i have had. Way too sweet. Way too much licorice and molasses. Maybe will get better with age. But because it is Bells, and Kalamazoo rocks, and west coast Michigan rocks, it gets high points in my book. Glad I didn’t pick up the case I ordered. Sorry Ari.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a dark, murky brown with a very nice tan head. Aroma is very spicy, sweet, fruity, burnt caramel and some brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, spicy, malty, dark roast and burnt caramel. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very tasty stout, I very much enjoyed and want another!
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost black with a red tint. Aroma is amazing with hints of licorice, molasses, cherry, chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is just as complex with an aftertast of alcohol and molasses. Warms as it goes down. It’s a shame they just did one batch. This is really fantastic stuff.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy reddish brown with a fully receding off white head. Notes of plum, raisins, tofffee, vanilla, leather, smoke and dark fruits. Full to heavy bodied and alcoholic with soft carbonation.
Beerman6686 (5281) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is some heavy stuff! This poured very dark brown, but not pitch black like I would expect, with basically no head at all. Aroma was off dark fruits, molasses, some peanut butter, soy sauce, and chocolate. Flavor was extremely sweet, lots of chocolate, dark fruites, cherries specifically, molasses and alcohol. very complex brew, and much like most other reviews, i think this one will be more incredible with some age.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Dakine. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is distinct with raisins, molasses and anise. The flavor centers on those aromas, add to that a great deal of brown sugar and some earthy hops. There is also something in there that gives this overtly sweet concoction a bit of tang. The palate is full, syrupy and smooth. The finish is long and sweet. Overall: I very much liked this, I’d like to cellar a few.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Woodshop 5.0 tasting.
This pours black with flavors of molasses, some soy with a tanginess.