joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottles at home. Looks like a big bad stout right out of the bottle -- dark as night with a creamy nutmeg head. Get more of the roasted deep red/purple fruits (fig and plum) from the nose, some floral hop character, and big notes of roasted coffee notes. Lots going on taste-wise and the brewers’ description nails it: definite espresso (felt in the palate, too), roasted figs/plums, some yeastiness, and surprisingly intense floral hops that provide some balance to the intensity of the malt side of things.
Overall I like this beer, though I think the hops dominate the finish in a way that squashes the other flavors too quickly. Enjoyable while it lasts, but I’m not sure I’ll be back since there are so many others to try in this category.
ExpendableHero (778) - Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, cola looking beer with a frothy, brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Tastes of dark/bitter chocolate, some plums, raisins, and hints of molasses. Bittersweet cacao finish. Some spices finish up the flavor profile. Chalky and dry mouth feel. Flavors open up as it warms a bit. Excellent balance of sweet and bitter in this one.
Hopmaestro (662) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog from lost & found notes: Aroma of sweet but yet roasted malts, dark choco, dark bread, tar. Taste is complex and brings a plethora of taste experiences. Prunes and raisins, sweet dark fruits, burnt caramel, nuts, black peppercorn, tobacco and sea salt. Very complex and superb.
hfmejias (1061) - Dover, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and alcohol. Taste is malty (roasted), some coffee, some chocolate and certainly booze. Finish is a little on the dry side. Overall a good stout, no regrets beer. Quite enjoyable.
Benzai (10632) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [from trade with mista, thanks!] @ home. Opaque dark brown head with a slight dark red glare coming through when held into the light, average to medium sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, roast, some dark fruits. Tastes about the same: malts, roasted malts, dark fruits, somehow I get a hint of wood and slightly liquor, quite bitter as well. Medium body and carbonation. Nice one!
glennmastrange (2445) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted and bitter chocolate, light resin for the hops, Light to moderate dough and earth for the yeast, with tar and alcohol in the background. Head is average sized, creamy with good slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is full, creamy with a lively carbonation and has a slightly tart and sticky on the lips finish. A real nice Imperial Stout with a bit of a twist. Full of everything bold and powerful with a tangy finish.
hopwine (562) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is candied prune, light milk chocolate, faint spice. Flavor is same plus creme brûlée, espresso, earth.
lightbias (313) - USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve been holding onto the bottle for quite a while, partly because it’s hard for me to find this, and partly because there are some things that just need a time and a place. I don’t know why it was today, but it was today for the Dark Truth Stout. I open the bottle and bring the neck to my nose, inhaling in short, sharp breaths at first and then long, lung-expanding draws. The aroma is deep, complex, full of dark, over-ripe plums, dark-roasted coffee and char. There’s a mellow vanilla that soothes the savage smokiness in the cooler brew, but can’t fight the battle as the beer warms. -- Its deep, nut-brown liquid is blanketed with a dense, milk-chocolate head about a finger deep, frothy and soft. I tip the glass and draw a swallow through that head and between my lips, allowing it to wash over my teeth and gums, flooding my mouth with warmth, despite the temperature of the beer. Immediately the refined complexity of the liquid transforms into a more primal experience, exposing itself with a smooth, dark veracity that divulges all the layers of the aroma in a less complex form. There is a small sting on my gums, a side effect, for me, of the rye, and a slight dryness on the edges of my tongue. The flavor is weighted with more tobacco than the aroma, and as the beer warms, I find the Belgian yeast in the background, delivering spices and that unmistakable funk that was there in the beginning, but with no apparent source. Now I find that source. It took a certain temperature to be aware of it, but damn, now that it’s there, it’s fantastic! Another layer peeled back for my gustatory enjoyment! I had this rated, but just added another tick for overall. A phenomenal finish, smooth and unassuming; everything about this beer disappear in just a few minutes. A fantastic brew. Now I’m glad I waited...now I’m glad I bought two. Wow. Yum. --
Patrik (412) - - JUL 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flarra. Tydligt syrlig i doften. Smakar rätt sött komplext som om den är lagrad på fat. Kanske den är?. Rätt torr eftersmak å litet inslag av syra å kaffe. Inte så chokladig som många Imp Stout.. Tyvär för syrlig eftersmak .,
ttoadee (1010) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
No light, just black. A tan head greets you, but it too leaves. Still black. Fresh cherries, dried fruit, chocolate, and a hint of Belgian yeast fill the nose. This is bittersweet defined. Middle is Hershey’s syrup in a cup of strong coffee. Finish feels boozy, but the tongue is all about sweet and smoky. A dangerous beer you should try.
jspencer78 (12) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Lots of chocolate and coffee on the nose. Dark fruit, chocolate and coffee fading to a very nice light burn.