Keir (124) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with mild head. Nose of sweet toasted malts. Tastes toasty, dry chocolate, malty, with a touch of oxidation. Not bad, but a bit old.
Ajcanon711 (34) - - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased in June. Consumed in February. Wish there were more available when I bought it, to age longer. This beer is delicious. Great roasted malty flavor.
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Chris and Ray. Cellared for a couple years. Poured murky deep brown, nearly black. Notes of caramel, chocolate some orange, and a little pine. This was definitely hoppier in the past but it has aged well.
Hair6a11 (1268) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a frothy khaki head in this glass ; it does retain well (it say for a while) and there is some stick lacing here. It’s been a while since I’ve had a brew in this ballpark - it feels like an imperial stout and a strong ale. Darker naturally than your typical american strong, it has a hop presence that does dominate the nose initially. Pine, Chocolate, Roast, Licorice, and sweet breads here. The flavor profile has an initial bitterness from the hop profile; with more licorice, citrus, pine, and the malt profile rounding it out with more chocolate, roast, caramel, with a lingering bitterness present as well. The carbonation is certainly lively here. Anyway - an interesting attempt, with some booze present.
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Mes, Harry, Duff et al in London. I believe, Harry, that Mes provided this one (I brought the Hill Farmstead). Pours black-brown with a foamy, beige head. Ripe fruit nose, charry roast, dirt, earth. Big sweet flavor, some boozy chocolate, prunes, raisins, a bit of alcohol sting and some mild, earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with baking cocoa, mild prunes. Lasting light, dry cocoa. Nice. Not overly sweet.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 29, 2012 - shared by ... Leighton? ... with me, mesandsim and duff - 750ml bottle. Very deep clear brick red, almost black, with a huge fluffy tan head. Aroma is ... lush, dry herbal bitterness, and almost porter-level deep dry roast, moderate alcohol (10%? really??). Taste is more imperial stout - nutty/nougat nearly burnt malt well-balanced against solid alcohol and dry resin/herbal bitterness, maybe a some soy ... sticky, average body, light and airy, surprisingly quick-finishing - leaves a dry alcoholic bitter aftertaste. I quite liked it, but it seemed at sea between DIPA, IS and even black IPA. But I liked it.
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure what happened here, some thing was just off .. . deep brown .. lots of aggressive foam at first- does calm down to a medium head, high lacing .. . this was going south, old buts and weird fruit .. . to bad... . . Daddy, these rubber pants are hot.
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml at a tasting.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with sall creamy head.
Aroma : Spicy sweet with caramel and hops. Some overcooked caramel.
Taste : Roasty and sweet caramel. Big malt notes. Slightly astringent finish. Hoppy and sharp.
Overall : Not bad but nothing special. Nice malt but a bit too astringent.
PhillyCraft (2845) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Shared with Pat and the grizzly bear. Pour is a straight Coca-Cola black with a rich, velvety smooth bubbled seafoam head; the head looks like the blown back side of rough waves. Lacing is geographical, forming shapes like continents in tight bubbles down the sides. Aroma of honey, caramel, burnt roasted malts, coffee beans, peppercorn, and slight bready, yeasty dough. Full, rich, luxuriously smooth and tongue-coatingly warm body. Excellent finish with a bit of boozy warming that blooms in through the throat and into the chest. Rich chocolate, caramel, fresh orange flavors abide throughout. What a spectacular beer.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel, bread and earthy coffee are balanced out by pine-y hops in this rich yet soft strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark Brown blackness.
-Roasted malts contribute plenty of bitterness as well.
-Carbonation is soft but effervescent.
-This is quite flavorful and fun, but in small quantities.