AWISLguy (915) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cardinal in Niles. (I see now a 12/19/10 bottle date) Pours inky black with a foamy chocolate milk head. Terrific lacing. Aroma has licorice, charcoal, molasses, fruity hops and alcohol. Very imperial stout-y in look and smell. Taste has sweet chocolate, subtle citrus and heavy roasted malts. Thick and syrupy. Finishes long, thickly bittersweet with a hint of salt. Imperial stout? I see an american strong-ness to it, but holy cow - not what I was expecting from a Stone collaboration.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This is a great brew with tons of hop and malt charecter. Would love to try again.
574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gem? Bottled 12-25-10. Pours "black as sin," with dark brown edges, and the slightest large bubbled ring of khaki head. Nose involves cocoa and light toast. Dark chocolate and roasted notes grow with warmth. Pretty sweet flavor, lightly tart, and somewhat bitter. Heavier body, soft carb, oily, with a lengthy dark chocolate bitter finish. Any "Belgian" elements are virtually non-existent at this point, and it certainly isn’t "hoppy as hell" anymore. Still, it held up pretty nicely as some sort of a strong stout.
Nische (428) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated from backlog. Very dark brown with brown head. Well balanced beer, with a good combination of bitter hops and both sweet chocolate and bitter coffee malts. Fine slightly oily body, nice soft carbo.
seanathan0 (5) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2013 does not count
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle. Little to no head, dark. Not as strong as I was expecting. Less IPA and more dark ale.
zimbo (414) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
light white gentle frothy head. some nice roasty coffee element at start becomes more soathing at middle& end
PapaSkeetSkeet (788) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brewing Supply, which advertises itself as a double Belgian black IPA. Pours deep browns like good dark root beer, slightly warm, but still some yellow notes at the very edge. Light-brown head which fades fairly quickly to nothing. Aroma is plumb, date, raisin, caramel, light sweet molasses (not too spicy)brown sugar, light clove, licorice, herbal grass. Body is quite light (for the style). Carbonation is moderate but non-intrusive. Flavor is spiced caramel-apple pie. Herbs and grass, balanced and refreshing bitterness. Brown sugar spelt-oat scones. Great beer. Not a black IPA though as it’s fairly balanced, nor are the hops prominent or notably American (ASA). I’d go with BDSA.
kaser (1759) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from bottle. Tons of brown head. Big dog beer. Carmel and malty. Sweet brown sugar aroma. Hoppy and bitter. Good I think
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks troubles. Bottled in 2009. Black, tan head, liquor and a little iodine in the nose, fun, dry bitterness in the nose. Smooth texture, heavy body, long, dry liquor finish.
zvikar (2517) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks troubles. Pours black with a beige head, aroma of honey, wood, toffee and brandy, flavor is slightly bitter with coffee, smoke, nice sweetness, medium to full bodied, nice
DSG (4677) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks troubles. Dark brown to black. Roasty aroma with some dark chocolate and light notes of stale hops. Bittersweet roasty flavor with dark chocolate. Medium-bodied. Nice.