zgaier (1751) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head and sweet aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits. Taste is smokey and toasty, of roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and dark fruits with a slight bitter finish. Flavor is strong, can taste alcohol, with a heavy mouthful.
gramity (1582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great stout with a really nice mix of coffee, smoke, and fruit flavors. Some surprising notes in the aroma and taste for a stout, but welcome complexity. Love how well-masked the alcohol is while still asserting itself.
JulienHuxley (4633) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark pour, whitish head. Aroma is fruity, lots of raisin, plum, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is fruity as well. Some vanilla notes a lot of winey prune flavors and alcohol. Palate is silky, light cocoa powder finish. Nice
pintbypint (3070) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750ml brown bottle. Black pour, head is creamy, tan. Big nose, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste has big cocoa, roasty, dry. Some bitterness in the finish, light notes of alcohol. Body is full but smooth. Aftertaste has big roast and rich dark malts. Pleasant and very drinkability and smooth impy.
Bebum (564) - - SEP 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 Stout. 9.7% abv.
Opaque, darkest brown, translucent, exuberant, tight knit, tall and persistent head, dotted foam remnants but no lacing.
Faint and fresh nose, with hints of tar, creosote, rust, coffee and tobacco.
Very full body, high carbonation and head create a foamy, velvety mouth feel.
Balanced sour-bitter-sweetness, very alcoholic, fresh tasting, sharp, extra-bright mouthfeel, sweet-sour, coffee-tobacco finish.
Intense flavor, lots of roast bitterness, reminding one of espresso, grassy,
rusty, expresso, chocolate, tar, licorice,?clay, fully balanced by raisiny, prune, dried fig or Spanish fig cake, alcoholic sweetness, long on palate, silky texture. Reminds one of a Tia Maria liqueur, Guiness fruit cake or Christmas pudding.
Delicious, dessert/liqueur course without being cloying due to the high acidity and bitterness in the balance and finish. Despite being so rich, one could drink it forever, or so it seems.
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Freshcraft, Denver - 31/05/12.
Pitch black with a thin tan head.
Sweet malt nose backed up with chocolate and dark fruits.
Fruits come out in the taste, roasty, caramel, bitter chocolate.
Top end of medium in body, moderate carbonation, hits the spot!
climberbob (314) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Completely black with a thin tan foam. lightly bitter, umami, full body, thick feel, average carbonation. Everything a great stout should be.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a jet black with a big tan head that looks real frothy. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, caramel and a touch of spice. Taste is raisins, chocolate, and coffee and a little bit of sweetness. Feels medium to full bodied and has a bitter boozey aftertaste. Really liked this one
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured a light shade of black and settled black. No light penetrating this at all. Dark mocha colored head. Nearly three fingers in height. Excellent body to the head as there is very slow fading to this. Great shape and retention to this. Just a bit of ABV legs on the sides of the glass. No lacing with amount of head with this.
S-- Smoke, oak, dark fruits, dark baking chocolate and a dry, earthy nose. ABV is very muted.
T-- Oak, dark fruits (stewed plumbs), smoke, dark, dry chocolate and coco powder. Slight bits of tobacco and leather. Very wine like.
M-- Dry is an understatement. Bone dry beer. Slight bits of dark chocolate covered cherry in the mid and back. Velvety in the front but chewy in the back. Some soft tannins in this as well. Solid stuff. Note score slightly adjusted as getting a bit of sour cherry.
O-- Fresh I bet this is quite sweet and probably a bit undrinkable. This bottle is 6 months past expiration and it is very well balanced. Gives the feel of an shiraz barrel aged beer. Very well melded with time. Must get more of this
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, best by May 18, 2014. Served at around 45F and allowed to warm in the glass.
Pours black with a three finger brown head that recedes to a light cap and leaves some good patterns of lacing behind.
Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, caramel, some dark fruits. Moderate strength.
Flavor is rich chocolate, caramel, coffee, toffee, roasted malts, some plums and dark fruit, a bit of peppery spice, fairly sweet, minimal bitterness, alcohol is there but very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth carbonation. Nice.
Very complex and very tasty stout. Aroma lacks, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Rich and delicious!