garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Marina’s Market. Obviously dark color with a thick creamy tan head. Smell is molases and dried fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Wow taste is bitter and tons of smoke. Hints of the dried fruit and tobacco are present. Very dry, thick mouthfeel. The taste is orginally sweet, but turns to a dry bitter aftertaste. This is a heave ber for sure.
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super rich, almost fully opaque deep brown coloured body with a rich one centimetre tall deep brown head - very nice looking. Aroma of tons of roast, coffee, milk chocolate (40% cacao), a bunch of lactic notes and a hint of graham crackers. Full-bodied; Super dense mouthful of chocolate and coffee with a bunch of pit fruits, caramel and toffee. Aftertaste is quite potent with a bunch of earthiness, some nuts and a lot of darkly (think Starbucks) roasted coffee with perhaps even some peat or smoked notes. Overall, a seeming super potent and pungent flavoured and feeling beer with less alcohol (my bottle is 8.8%) than assumed. Definitely a nice Imperial Stout, but the large format bottle and the heavy feel make it quite the bear to drink. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in Tustin, California on 06-December-2011 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington on 31-August-2012.
wheresyourball (520) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle poured into tulip glasses. Pours opaque black with small brown head. Smells like malt, molasses and chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Nice mouthfeel. Pretty good.
mar (4967) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to thedixonian. black pour with a thick khaki head. nose is roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, and light fudge. smooth on the palate, graham cracker, fudge, cocoa, great finish.
maxwelldeux (3883) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown that’s also very thick, and has a smallish head. Good mix of roastedness with a hint of chocolate. Fairly easy on the palate, thought it’s a tad harsh at the end.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a creamy light brown head. Nice earthy roasted grain chocolate and cherry aroma and taste with a good creamy palate.
laiti (6153) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Draught at Baileys Taproom, Portland as "Caldera Old Growth" (8,8%)
Aroma is really nice with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.Flavour is dry with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and somewhat salty licorice. Smooth and very creamy palate that becomes sticky after some sips. The coffee notes get stronger towards the dry finish. A masterpiece, reminds me of Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout.
65 cl bottle (8,8%) @ home
Salty licorice, coffee, dark chocolate. Saltiness is too strong in this one, unfortunately.
olio (6704) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Bailey’s Taproom, Portland.
Pour pitch black color with small head. Aroma of liquorice, sweet salmiac, ripe fruts and chocolate. Flavour of chocolate, dry coffee, dark fried fruitss and liquorice.
ration (1978) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 130712. Tap at Baileys taproom. Pours black with a small head. Aroma chicolate, roasted malts, sone nuts. Slightly dry finish. Not Bad.
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sticky and a little dry. The beer pours dark with a light brown head. The aroma is of wood and candy.