ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 2/2012.
Appearance: Pours out a rich-looking, ebony-hued body topped with a tan layer of foam. Thin, tenuous lacing as it goes.
Smell: A hearty, stout roastiness with some forward fruit notes housing jagged notes of licorice, cinnamon-spiced walnuts, alcohol, and a thoughtful, slow-pouring drizzle of smokey-scented molasses.
Taste: Roasty coffee, dark chocolate-tasting maltiness, blackstrap molasses, a little burnt grain, very low nuttiness, and scattered powdered anise. Moderately fruity giving flavors of black cherry and plum throughout. Smokey, woodsy character perks up midway. Spritz of booze, a tiny pinch of sea salt. Pushes the fruit and spice (and alcohol) ahead of the smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Paired well with a revisit of Super Castlevania IV for the SNES, one of the few games from my aging childhood gaming systems that doesn’t require too much in the way of blowing out or Q-tip rubdowns.
PhillyCraft (3071) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep black with mocha fluff head. Dct lacing retention. Aromas of coffee, roasted grains, light earthy hop, some malt. Flavor was about the same with more pronounced vanilla, and hickory smoke coming through. Full bodied and super smooth stout mouthfeel. Good sipper.
Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from craft beer outlet. Pours dark, with a small creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, sweetness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, sweet malts. Good.
Thechasm442 (295) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber in a duvel tulip. Pours black with a 2 inch beige head that slowly recedes to a finger with great sticky lacing. Aroma is roasted barley, dark coffee, smoke, and there’s a sweetness to it. Taste is tons of toasted barley. Semisweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, and sweet cream is there too. Mouthfeel is kinda chewy and alcohol is well hidden. Will buy this again for sure.
southamptonsam (115) - New York, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love stouts and I’ve tasted many. So to find one that is noticeably different than anything I’ve ever had, in a positive way, is a very pleasant surprise. Good head, nice carbonation and and a proper appearance help. But the unique smokiness is the real appeal. Very good beer.
mixmasterob (881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Total. Black pour with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma was rich cocoa, dark roasted malt, lightly sweetened vanilla and a light minty presence. Quite nice indeed! Flavors were lightly sweet with a big bitter roasty finish. Lots of dark malt, then that mintiness came back, just a tinge. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with relaxed carbonation. Nice stout...
mcox90 (1521) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black, no light penetration, with a one finger mocha head. Espresso and chocolate aroma with a heady amount of alcohol. Lots of chocolate in the flavor, the bitter kind, bakers chocolate, along with some burnt coffee. Some dark fruit flavors too, but not enought to make it sweet. Full palate with low carbonation. Bitter finish.
SSSteve (3719) - - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black with small tan head. dark chocolate, ashes, graham cracker aromas. bitter and ashy with dark baker chocolate flavors. full body with a smooth palate.
djd07 (3243) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt smoke and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with a rich chocolate and bitter hop with smokey finish. A very good Imperial stout from Clown Shoes.
Scipio (678) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thinner reddish brown head. Roasted aroma of chocolate and toffee. Taste is smooth with a little bit of carbonation. Malty, smoky, chocolatey taste. Bitter aftertaste that is mostly chocolate. Pretty good, although I would choose other stouts over this.