emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to drowland for this one, my 2000th rating. This immediately pours one of the most visually impressive brews Iíve ever seen, the color of tar and viscosity of oil with a turbid head the color of charred wood. Nose is earthy and peppery, bakers chocolate, mild roast, molasses and a mild sweetness, coffee. Not nearly as forward or impressive as the flavor. Nice pepper and bakers chocolate pairing in the flavor, coffee and roast, molasses, sweet, some grain bitterness, mild alcohol. Palate is very viscous and thick with a smooth capsaicin heat and alcohol coming through.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL courtesy of Travlr. Pours ink well black with a head so dark brown it looks Martian red. Jesus. Very nice lace. Aroma is grapes, smoked meats, barbecue ribs, bacon. Interesting mix. Taste is fresh grapes, raisins and moves to a chalky, powdery finish. I think the base beer here, Zhukov, is one of my least favorite Imperial stouts. The Hunahpu treatment is a shoe in for an amazing beer, but the base beer is just so bad that you canít hide from it. Maybe do the Hunahpu treatment to the 110K.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery tap. Black, second darkest brown head I have ever seen. Aroma of grapes and chili peppers. Taste is thick, chewy chocolate and cocoa nibs, bacobits and ribs. Interesting and complex, lots of flavors going on.
kappldav123 (4289) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - APR 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very big thanks to spacecoyote for this. The beer in the glass looks awesome. Deep black like mtor oil, nice brown head. Starts very, very strong, intense malty with notes of liqorice, chocolate and strong coffee. Finish more bitter, still very intense. Also quite scratchy-woody. Goes down warming. A great beer!
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Disclaimer: I think a lot of CCB beers are a bit over-rated (they are all solid, but some are not as amazing as some people wood claim). I loved BA Hunahpu. This not as much. Whatever. One personís opinion, right?. Pours with a deep brown head and a black body. Glass coating. Aroma is ashy, tobacco, earthy, chocolate nibs, cinnamon. Taste is really chalky, chocolate, light spice, fudge. Syrupy, light bubbles. Rich.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Green, acetaldehyde nose, some chocolate, roast and coffee underneath. Very, very sweet taste, lots of raisin, tons of dark chocolate and caramel. Very rough and chalky texture to go along with the chewy unfermented sugars. Total mess.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by mreusch. Pour is a deep syrupy black with a 1/2 inch dark khaki head. Head falls fast was splotchy lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, soy, and some alcohol heat. Taste is the roast, sweet malt and then a bit of the soy from the nose. Some dark dried fruit in the back - Eugene said prune, and that sounds about right. Also a slight hint of grainy cinnamon. The alcohol is better integrated in taste than nose, though still present. Sweetness cloys a bit in the finish. Palate is medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation and a hot finish. Thanks for sharing this one Matt.
madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours jet black with a deep brown head. Smells dark and roasty, with sharp alcohol notes. Pretty one-note and disappointing, given the gushing from previous rates over the smell. Taste is much better, with a bit of molasses sweetness up front, transitioning into some smoky roast, burnt charcoal, and a touch of peppery heat on the finish. Smooth and really big, but the sweet/burnt combo is a bit bruising. The heat is unique, but not enough to make this any more than average.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, with thanks to both gunhaver and Ibrew2or3 for bottles. Pours a thick looking oily dark black with a moderate dark brown head. Aroma is mostly heavily roasted/burnt malts, with some cinnamon, vanilla, light pepper and chocolate behind that. Flavor is similar with the heavy roast throughout, and more background cinnamon, a little vanilla, some cocoa, and maybe the slightest pepper heat if I really look for it, but overall the burnt/roast malts mostly push any nuance out of the way. Decent enough, but was hoping for more complexity and dimensions with the treatments. Thanks for the chance to try guys!
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
25.4 Oz bottle Thanks to dchmelas Super Six-pack shipper! YOu are a GOD!
Evil Dark ominous pour. Bring it to your lips and think of heaven. coffee, cinnamon Chocolate and that chilli taste is brought down by the Vanilla! The smoky rich pallet is a pure delight and should not be washed down by any other impostor stout! Enjoy!