ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 12/21/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. No "really dark brown" bollocks, this one is nearly perfectly opaque. The head is a one finger tan color that gives Ten Fidy a run for its money in terms of darkness. The retention is pretty good, and a thick collar around the glass diameter lingers nicely.
S: I immediately notice a large amount of dark fruits, like raisins, currants, and plums. Beneath that, thereís a bit of licorice, anise, coffee, chocolate. and light booze. Very similar to a revved-up version of the Stone IRS - if we can compare it to any other RIS on the market, that is.
T: The flavor seems roastier than the aroma. Roasted malts open the flavor profile with a punch to the face, before a fruity midtaste and alcoholic, vaguely hoppy finish. Even for an imperial stout, the balance is lacking. Really, the palate is just beat down with roast, bittersweet dark fruits, and booze. Not much subtlety here - itís aggressive and even harsh. If there was any beer that was more suitable for drinking after a year in the cellar, this is it.
M: Thick as a brick. I canít think of any other way to describe the bigness of the body. It finishes with a lot of wet slickness and lingering roasted malts. It certainly feels decadent, but again, the big booze detracts instead of complimenting the flavor profile.
O: This one is a bit harsh, frankly. Good news is, aging it will kill that harshness stone dead. Bad news is, I only bought a single bottle. Damnit. Then again, Iím of the school of thought that a beer should be consumed as soon as its purchased, so the middling scores stand.
fuzzcro (43) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I sure didn?t expect what I saw coming out of this small bottle. Thick, creamy bree that I could nearly taste just watching it pour! And then it hit my tongue...heaven, I?m in Bell?s Brewery heaven!
mfhennig (179) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black, nice brown head fades quickly, excellent lacing. Aroma is heavily roasted barley, burnt coffee and cocoa. Taste follows. This is a nice bid thick chewy beer, one of the really good ones.
tightslice (601) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is vanilla, buttery dark butters. Taste is smooth and hard to explain. Not super stylized...no overwhelming coffee or dark chocolate. Just smooth, delicious. This is a stout among stouts. That perfectly weird pop song you love on the radio but canít explain why. A class of itís own.
dctellem1973 (8) - Dover, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Shop at Hunger and Thirst Lancaster Pa. Lives up to its rep. Perfect appearance, smells great. Extremely smooth for such a high abv. Good brew to end the night with.
samsmith33 (727) - - NOV 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Go Lehigh. Lafayette Sucks. 2014 Bottle (13 months old) to goblet. Aroma is a lot of roasted barley. Hints of coffee also. Appearance: Dark black color, very thick, with thick light tan head. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, roasted barley, maybe a touch burnt. Excellent beer though. Feel is thick and meaty. Not quite as tasty as some other stouts, but all the peripherals are on the mark. Excited to age a few of these further.
Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with a lasting beige head and good lacing.
Nose: espresso, licorice, dark chocolate cake. Sweet molasses. Cigar box nose. Taste: full sweet molasses and roasted malts. Straight forward, old school impy. Rich texture. Roasty, malty molasses and very mouthcoting. Coffee, licorice and medium bitterness in the finish.
DrSteveBrule (31) - - NOV 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown with a coffee froth head. Aroma isn't very strong, mostly toffee. Taste has alcohol bite with a strong roastiness. Mouthfeel is thick, but not very creamy. Alcohol and hops bite on the front end. Alcohol follows down the throat and hops linger on the palate. Apart from the high ABV, this one is definitely a one and done for the night. Great beer, though.
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floydslip (273) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark charcoal colored beer with a late forming billowing root beer float head. Nose of cocoa powder, dark coffee, and aged balsamic vinegar. Flavor is rich with burnt pumpernickel, espresso, and prunes overlaying a smoky charred bitterness on the finish. A bit of acid hits at the end too. Extremely flavorful, but one at a time is more than enough.
CObiased (155) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours motor oil black with and a thin tan head. Complex aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, anise, earth and tar. A taste is even more layered with flavors of chicory, burnt toast, chocolate, licorice, peat and a bitter coffee finish.
chadmasontx (28) - - NOV 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Terrific RIS. Pours black with a tan head. Smells of big roasted malts. Taste is the same with notes of chocolate and nuts.
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