FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Deep black color with a large, foamy, fluffy, billowy, cafe colored head. Very good retention with a nice foamy lace left.
S - Interesting aroma. Earthy, spicy hops and a rye like aroma. Nutty, cocoa, hints of tobacco. Also some dark fruit, especially plum. Roasted malt and chocolate as well.
T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and spicy and earthy hops and a touch of grassiness (German hoppiness). Some dark fruit, plum and fig. Hints of coffee. A nice stout bitterness.
M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Bit of a sticky finish.
D - Very drinkable stout, especially given the ABV. Very tasty with a great mix of malt and hops.
Notes: Really enjoyable stout. Great balance of malt and hops with a nice bitterness. The label says there is English malt, Belgian yeast, and German hops which mix well and are quite tasty. I would definitely recommend this beer.
ordybill (596) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt, cocoa and grain into a pretty strong aroma.
Appearance- This beer is pitch black with a thick brown head.
Taste- Reminds of a thick coffee (without the coffee flavor) I didnít care for the first two sips; however it grew on me with each sip.
Palate- A heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. This beer has a creamy texture and the finish has an obvious alcohol kick.
Overall- A real good stout. Highly recommended.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with large tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, maltiness. Medium-full body, donít really notice the alcohol. Sweet and roasty up front, drier on the finish with some dark fruits and maybe hops. Lots of interesting elements perhaps not all in ideal balance.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol. It's a little too sweet for my liking.
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DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells smokey / oakey? Its appearance is truly dark. Itís taste is really complex for a stout, especially if you hold it in your mouth, and while girls would probably find it too bitter somehow, I really donít. It is quite a complex palate and pretty sweet. Overall I wouldnít mind having this again, though only time will tell if I will buy it again.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gorgeous black with a thick brown head and thick lacing. Smells like fudge, coffee grounds and anise. Tastes of dark chocolate, cream, coffee, and raisins. Itís about eight months beyond its best by date but is still rather nice and complex.
HeadyDE (569) - Delaware, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into snifter..almost pitch black..larger than expected head..not much in carbonation as expected..slight head remains throughout..aroma of mostly vinegar..cross between balsamic and red wine vinegar..also getting the plum on the nose perhaps with black cherry as well..leaning towards the Russian imperial style lately and this seems to be a stranger hybrid of the imperial stout style..the Belgian yeast does seem to provide some of the fruitiness and a bit of the funk characteristics..but just not feeling this one as much as some of the other smokestack offerings..interesting cross of styles..but just seems to lack a true identity..probably wonít buy again..
gringo332 (569) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small caramel head. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, hairspray, and some sweetness. Flavour is chocolatey and smokey, quite hoppy with a slight whiskey quality and espresso in the aftertaste. Smooth on the palate with a mildly bitter finish
jbrana (562) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I think this bottle was infected. Tastes like green apple jolly ranchers and coffee. Kind of gross.
Westkyoto77 (560) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Drank this out of season, on a 34 degree day, but still came through for me. Pitch black, even dark tan cream. Boozy nose of liquorice, dark chocolate nibs, nail polish. Velvety finish. Quite a hard hitter with flavours of coffee, dark fruits, and bourbon. Delish.