fletchfighters (1377) - 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!
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger mocha color with a great texture and decent retention considering its gravity.
S: The first scent noticed is dark chocolate, before the aroma becomes more dominated by licorice and darker fruit. A slight hint of alcohol pops up, as well, along with a faint whiff of Belgian yeast. Quite good.
T: Strong initial flavors of roasted malt, coffee, and licorice gives way to a fruitier midtaste. The finish is clean, likely from the yeast, and lightly boozy, with touches of lactose and even a slight medicinal tone. Fairly smoky throughout the flavor progression.
It shows a modicum of complexity as it progresses, and improves somewhat. Iím torn on how to score it, the first sips are quite good, but it kind of falls apart after a few sips. It improves afterward, yet it still remains hard to drink. Thereís something off about it, but itís hard to place.
M: Dry and astringent, with a good (if rather heavy) texture. The alcohol is palpable throughout, with a light tingle on the tongue, along with a warming sensation. Moderate carbonation.
O: Eh, not a huge fan. Itís an okay sipper, but it just seems unbalanced and hard to drink. Iím glad to have tried it, but I wouldnít seek it out again, most likely.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma hits as the bottle is opened. Then comes a large, frothy head. Full-bodied and full-flavored, this is a good stout. The flavor mixes coffee, chocolate, vanilla, figs, and Coke.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Highland Beverage- Hiram, GA -----> tulip. Pours deep black with small, disappearing khaki head. Aroma is slight coffee, dark ripe fruit, and red wine. Taste is heavy Belgian yeast, sweet fig, and mild roasted coffee. Palate is nice and thick and smooth. This one comes off more on the Belgian side than the stout side, but itís still a great beer.
Menkros (36) - - AUG 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, 1 finger head. Smells like teen spirit. Taste is coffee chocolate and fruit. Alcohol kick in the middle. Very good RIS.
---Rated via Beer Buddy Deez nuts
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. near opaque black with a small light brown head. bitter roasted aroma with dark fruit from the yeast. palate is medium and carbonation is foamy. flavor has a blend of dark, burnt roasted barley, lesser notes of graham cracker, and minor notes of dark fruits from the belgian yeast. good, but a few minor things like the foamy carbonation turn me off.
Iguanaman (11) - Seneca, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong flavors with a bitter finish. Sort of a Vegemite without the saltiness. Good rich beer but a bit too bitter for my tastes.
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark black/brown pour with thick beige head. Aroma is roast and bittersweet chocolate. Strong flavour, roast chocolate and rusk. Long malt finish. There is a bit of hop in the finish.
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown black with large foamy khaki suds. The aroma is strange, kind of musty cleaner closet and old paint bucket / dark roasted chocolaty grain with some sweetness. The taste is much better with all the right things coming out strong. The complex grain keeps you guessing whether you just got some wheat or oats along with the heavy barley presence, I?d guess oat is second on the list. There is a nice sweet fruity nature, some dark raisin, light fig, and cindery green apple, but the appearance of it is quickly stomped out by the bittersweet chocolate roasted malt. The carbonation is smooth and light on the palate making out very easy to drink. The finish is somewhat bitingly dry and the grain lingers with some of the light sweetness but as a lover of hoppy beers I enjoy the depth even without much hop aroma or flavor. The more I drink and as it warms I fall more in love. For a modest effort (and price) and a year around imperial stout this is mighty fine.