vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has heavy roast, cocoa, cream, milk duds, caramel and milk. Medium body thatís a bit thin for the style with modest amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma traits, but is much less sweet. Then there is a big hoppiness of earthiness and spiciness that wasnít detected on the nose. The finish is quite dry and ups the hoppiness a bit more. Quite pleasant impy stout.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of malt, chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, and brown sugar. Poured very dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy/Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, roasting, coffee, light cocoa, burnt wood, and a hint of vanilla. Medium to full body. Sticky, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, coffee, chocolate, finish is lightly sticky and dry. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
bhensonb (9821) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours dark brown/black with a foamy tan head. Main aroma is chocolate but there is detectable burnt malt. Med body or better. Itís quite bitter. Probably from hop, but with the chocolate itís much like baking chocolate. Rather unique IS.
hensonkid (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased a bomber from Whole Foods in St. Louis for $5.99. A fantastic value for the style and a strong entry for a brewery that needed some body.
Beautiful, inky pour with a tan head that builds quickly, but doesnít hold up. Lots of strong American hop character and a mouth that isnít quite velvety, but isnít disappointing either. The malts are beyond simply toasted - theyíre almost charred, but it isnít overwhelming and to some palates may add flavor.
Iím really encouraged to see CS moving this direction. I hope to see even bolder moves from them. It would be interesting to see a future batch of the Holy Moly aged with some oak or hit with some smoke. Itís a solid base, and it compliments food well. Not quite mellow enough for a session beer, but very approachable for a wide range of drinkers. I could see this being a go to beer for bringing to parties.
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber in large tulip. This beerís flavor is made up of watery bitter dark malts and bitter hops. No real flavor, no fun to drink.
Strykzone (4196) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. A rich black pour. A smallish tan head stays. A roasty coffee nose. The flavor is big coffee with dark fruot and fudge. Hops are fairly big and seem to be European with some sulfur. This was nice. This would be wonderful aged in whiskey barrels.
thegreenrooster (2974) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice mix of chocolate malts, burnt brown sugar and coffee. Flavor is nice as well. Heavy roasted malt followed some caramel. No alcohol burn at all. This brewer has put out a few below par offerings but this is really solid.
jmagnus87 (2029) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber from Pickís poured into a snifter. Pours black with almost 3 fingers of dark tan head. Aroma is strongly milk chocolate with a little bit of caramel and some sprucy hops. Taste is medium bitter. Lots of dark coffee with chocolate and spruce. Medium bodied with a somewhat oily yet thick texture. Lively carbonation and a very long, very bitter finish. Overall, Iím really digging this beer. Probably the best beer offered from Cathedral Square.
Finhead (1032) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
WooHoo! First to rate this beer! A black pour with crimson highlights and a fluffy, brown head. The aroma is a wonderful mixture of hot cocoa with toffee and some light pine. The medium body has an oily texture with average carbonation. The taste increases in bitterness all the way to the long, dry finish. This is a unique take on the style.