hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle acquired in trade with Sammy (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, chocolate, lactose, some coffee, and slightly earthy. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, licorice, and lighter roastiness. I also noted root beer candy. Thinner body with the alcohol content well hidden.
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smooth drinking imperial stout..substantial milk chocolate, a nice change from bourbon booziness. The aroma is milk chocolate. Sweet without being cloying. Pours dark brown with lots of initial creamy bubbly off-white. ABove average mouthfeel. Worked with sushi.
BakerStMuse (19) - USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pitch black color. Excellent lactic sourness. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Velvet, lightly carbonated texture.
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 500 ml, drank in its glass, purchased at Le Grand Duc, savoured on July 9 2009; eye: black, opaque, voluminous dark chocolate milk made up of rather large bubbles, good lacing; nose: roasted malt, light fruity, intense chocolate milk; mouth: roasted malt, light fruity, chocolate milk, lactic, light hops, sweet finale with good presence of roasting, light acridness, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, velvety and creamy texture; overall: quite likable
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, bue dans son verre, achetée chez Le Grand Duc, savourée le 9 juillet 2009; œil : noire, opaque, mousse chocolat au lait abondante formée de bulles plutôt grosses, bonne dentelle; nez : malt rôti, léger fruité, lait au chocolat intense; bouche : malt rôti, léger fruité, lait au chocolat, lactique, très léger houblon, finale sucrée avec bonne présence de torréfaction, légère âcreté, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture veloutée et crémeuse; en résumé : bien aimé
omhper (19972) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at PBF. Black, pale brown head. Chocolatey soy sauce aroma. Sweet and full bodied with compact but rounded malt. Peach and salt, chocolate and brandy. Drier finish with salty bitterness. A great dessert beer. Poerful, but not overpowering.
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Very dark brown with a small but lasting, beige head. Aroma of slight lactic sourness, hints of licorice and alcohol. Flavor is quite smoothly malty with clear lactic notes, some coal and licorice, medium bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation. A reasonably smooth stout with well hidden alcohol.
TBone (12999) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black color, small beige head. Nose has kind of medicinaly toastyness, light apples and light coffee. Tastes a bit like baltic porter, not much milk stout. Toasted malts, some coffee, light sweet lactose notes. Feels less than 9 %. Ok, but not as good as average 3.72 here indicates.
oh6gdx (20930) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Very dark amber colour, small brown foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, some cream, mild spices, burnt wet wood as well as soem coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, a bit creamy, some chocolate burnt wet wood and alcohol. Mild dark dry fruityness. Pleasant, but a bit too burning.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- Deep dark black pour with a foamy and frothy mocha cap. Leaves nise spotty lace. Nose is quite lactic, milk chocolate, some roasty components, coffee beans, and fresh hops. Tastes of coffee, milk chocolate, lactic, roasty malts with some young hops. Has quite an odd metallic feel and flavour towards the end, but it doesn’t come off as unpleasant. Creamy with good drinkability.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL brown glass pry-top. No date. Bought at Super Marché Rahman in Montreal.
Appearance: Poured into an Imperial pint. 1 inch frothy tan head atop a solidly opaque black body.
Nose: Café au lait, fresh cream, whisper of white smoke, coffee syrup, dark leaf tobacco. Smells like medium roast coffee with cream.
Palate: Bright and crisp with some light hops and some acid, which quickly switches to being creamy. Coffee and mocha flavors dominate, and there’s some oxidized notes here too. Not sure if that’s on purpose. The finish is long and rich and creamy, all mocha.
Notes: A seriously tasty brew for the coffee and/or mocha enthusiast. Would love to see this on nitro. Wish they dated the bottles, dammit! What’s with brewers these days??