womencantsail (6920) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong Ale 2012. Black in color with a khaki head. Nose starts off with some nice roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. However, itís rather acidic and a hint ashy. The flavor is just okay. Nice roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. But, the same acidity and ash flavors detract from the beer and thereís a little bit of metal, too.
hapjydeuce (888) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours silky black with a fine ring of beige head that dissipated over the course of drinking. Interesting aroma of roasted malts with a touch of pine sap/ resin, citrus and anise. Maybe the amarillo showing through? Flavor is straightforward dark cacao, espresso and a bitter, dry finish. One of the hoppier ISís ive tried. Overall very tasty but lacking balance, perhaps a touch of conflict of the peppery hops they were going for with the saucy roasted malt base.
BOLTZ7555 (2378) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near onyx pour, more obsidian really, with a small latte head. Mocha, molasses, licorice, burnt coffee, cocoa, and vanilla in this one. ABV is nearly invisible. Lacks complexity but unique with the amount of dark malts evident. Rich.
Thisis12ptfont (629) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Massively aromatic hop and deep roasted malts come through on the aroma. Jet black color with almost no foam at all. Enormous deep roasted malt complexity with a strong earthiness on the tail end. Most evident flavors include roasted coffee beans, molasses, brown sugar, strong hops and resin. Very smokey texture with a hint of booze on the finish. Overall, I am really impressed with this brew. Big roasted malts yet, still having a noticeable hop profile. Iíd give this an A+ rating.
skmikeg (429) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a small khaki head which fades to decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, coco, molasses, some anise, and some dark fruits. Taste is of deeply roasted malts, black coffee, bakers coco, licorice/anise, molasses, burnt caramel, dark fruits, and maybe a little booze. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel and a semi bitter, ever so slightly alcoholic finish. overall, a pretty nice stout that has most of taste and aroma profiles that make a good RIS, but could maybe cover the 9.3 abv a little better.
mnurda (959) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at freakin frog in Las Vegas. Dark brown colour. Chocolate tones. Good beer
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bhensonb (9007) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Note: The spelling is Stupid on a bomber. Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Fredís got the good stuff! Pours very dark brown/black with a slight, transient, tan head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate, but itís a deeper, more intense, sort of aroma than is common. Full bodied. Very slick. Flavor is coffee, chocolate and treacle. Plus the usual burnt to crap malt which is very smooth. Comes to the finish with the foregoing and a lot of bitter. Amazing ale.
mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from BevMo. Pours pitch black. Roasty coffee nose with a little bit of milky sweetness. Flavor is fairly roasted up front with some good coffee notes. A little subdued sweetness. Finish has a little bit of a hoppy bite to it. Alcohol is well hidden.
DuffMan (5202) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewpub on Coronado Island. Listed as 10% ABV, and designated "Stupid Stout" (i.e. proper spelling), so maybe this was a different beer, I donít know. Near black with only the thinnest light brown film on the surface. Aroma is roast, sweet molasses, and something herbal. Roasty palate, but with heavy sweet herbal accents, something between sasparilla and juniper. Quite odd, but compelling and tasty.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Galbraithís Alehouse (Auckland, NZ). There was so much going on with this beer it was confronting, confusing, but also delicious. A lot of beer...requiring a lot of attention.