msnelling09 (114) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewer’s Note: “Full Bodied, Completely Black – Bigger, Bolder…More BLATANT!”
The beer pours thick and black, as an imperial stout should, though a hair short of being motor oil. It sits with a scrim/necklace of light, sand colored bubbles, and in body is impenetrable to the eyes. The beer smells of sweet alcohol, dark fruits, slight charred leather, smooth dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and a soft nut-scent. A very nice, sweet nose with tons of chocolate coming through. On the tongue, the beer is sweet with a soft bitterness coming from the roasted/charred malt and a faint herbal hop. Very soft acidity can also be sensed on the sides of the tongue. In flavor, this beer is richly chocolaty, moving from hot chocolate to dark chocolate, to milk chocolate, a nice rounding nuttiness can also be sensed. The finish ends with superb touches of char, dark fruits, and faint coffee. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body, which is a little odd but adds superb drinkability. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, and the carbonation is soft and fluffy. The mouth is left dry but with a nice scrim of saliva coating it. Overall, this is a very drinkable and delicious RIS. Blatant caught me by surprise with this one. I’m actually making a venison pie with it right now for fun. Great beer, not sure why there are so many low scores for it.
anthony850 (155) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In bottle high alc. Full body.
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radarsock (781) - Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
$6.55 for the 650 mL bottle purchased from Leary’s, the relatively new Amesbury location. ABV content not displayed on label. To long-stemmed wine glass, it pours a jet black with a thin vanilla creme head half a finger in length. Aromas of fudge, coffee syrup, molasses, cigar tobacco, and a little herbal fling. Tastes of artificial chocolate, vanillin, soy sauce, brewed coffee, and salted kale chips. Pungent hops and yeastniess experienced at swallow. I did appreciate the growing alcohol warmth, but this is far from being recommendable.
two7offsuit (113) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas and flavor of coffee but a bit off. This beer wasn't as good as I expected. A bit of a disappointment.