andrewje41 (992) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle poured. Pours jet black with a swirling tan head. Wonderful chocolate roast aroma. Absolutely wonderful. In my opinion, this is exactly what a stout should be. Talk about a beer that is hyped, and lives up to all the hype, plus much more. Flavor is a really nice milk chocolate, with a medium roasted flavor to it as well. Doesn’t come off as boozy in any way at all. Almost a bit of vanilla that sneaks in to an otherwise chocolate filled finish. I can’t wait to give this one some age. Perhaps the best stout I have ever had, and ranks up there with the best of beers as well. Incredible stout. Absolutely love this.
baraciisch (2193) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black in color, minimal tan head... Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate... Anise is prevalent... Flavor is roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits... Exquisitely balanced and smooth... One of the best non-BA IRS available....
bagalagalaga (139) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is about as intense as a stout can be, but I think it’s about one step too far for me to consider perfect. The body is pitch black with a dark coffee head that sticks to the glass, much like the thick, almost syrupy liquid will stick in your mouth. It’s like a chocolatey whiskey wine with all the tastes hitting hard and simultaneously.
airlocksniffer (9) - Crookston, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It formed a think brownish head on it that formed in sort of a delayed reaction after the pour into a mug. It has a strong whiskey-like aroma and flavor. Very flavorful. You can tell it has a high ABV when you take a sip. It might be too much for some people (my wife doesn’t like it), but it is a treat if you like the flavor of barrel aged stouts. I suppose the whiskey flavor could be too much for some (not everyone likes whiskey).
Jared_Clifton (34) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with brown head. Heavy body. Flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and lots of roasted malts. Leaves a roasted coffee flavor in your mouth.
climberbob (234) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not aged. Black w thin brown head that quickly goes. Coffee chocolate aroma and taste. Sting bitter malt. Slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. Nice lingering finish. Look forward to our some down to age.
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PattyBat (77) - - FEB 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from 8/22/2013. Pours jet black with a nice cinnamon colored head. Smells a bit of caramel, light chocolate notes, roasted malt and a hint of toffee. Tastes a bit sweet up front with some chocolate and caramel notes, with a bitterness that quickly follows. One of the finer stouts I have enjoyed.
sassefa (1) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A rich flavored dark stout. Initially tangy and almost sweet with a strong "barrely" taste at the end. Definitely a must taste for a stout lover.
SG111 (378) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10/23/14. Pours absolutely pitch black. One of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. Tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, lots of chocolate, some coffee and some licorice maybe? Cherry? Little bit of booze comes through. Amazing Aroma. Flavor is deliciously dark roasted malts and chocolate. Little bit of licorice. The mouthfeel is so incredible. It just fills up your mouth. So full bodied. Bitter coffee finish. Top notch imperial stout.
jh773 (200) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled in Sept. 2014. Tasted on 1/16/15. Color is pitch-black. Deep tan head, 1/2 finger. Smell is soy sauce, deep wood and chocolate notes, molasses, licorice. Taste is bittersweet, creamy, French roast coffee, charred wood, cocoa nibs. Long drying finish. Only the barest hint of dark fruit flavors/aroma. Not bad, but I’m more interested in how this tastes with a year or two on it.