GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Monger poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle.
Pours pitch black with a dense, but thin, mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly to a collar and leaves decent lacing on the way down.
The aroma has a surprising sweetness to it which balances the roasted character very well. There is dark chocolate and vanilla up front on top a roasted malt backbone. As it warms, the alcohol heat comes out just a bit with a little bit of coffee mixed in.
The taste brought the chocolate malts to the party in a big way. There’s a big sweet blast of milk chocolate up front with the toasted malts and a hint of wood in the middle with some dark fruits as well. The finish is a slightly bittersweet chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Sticky and sweet.
This is my favorite of the stout series so far by a mile (only Tres to go). Great beer from Dark Horse and highly recommended.
mmmbeer (1246) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2011 From my boy in Paw Paw, MI -many thanks Marcus for completing my horizontal and for the 3am phone calls... served in a trappist glass- poured blacker than a long day of hunting with nothing to show for it in a blizzard and it’s 10 below, low carbonation, thick two finger head formed, had some lacing, that was almost solid enough to support a quarter (WOW!). Aroma of dark coffee, darkened malt, and dark thoughts. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt comes in cleanly but an almost overpowering sensation of black coffee from the seventh layer of hell comes in, smacks you around, and makes you answer to bitch right in the middle with notes of cream to tease you in the background as you lay whithering from what you just experienced as you beg for everything to be normal again. Finish refuses to go away, leaving you as you only option to slowly go insane from what you have just experienced as your conscience is unable to render what you have just partaked. Um... yeah... DH rocks!!! Always has, always will!!!
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sean. I got word that Ryan was sending me one of these so I decided go to on and pop mine. Thank god I got a teaspoon of this beer so that I can get an accurate Sean-like sample. Dark colored pour (into the spoon), with a nice tan head. Smell is roasted, full of chocolate, some coffee smells too, no alcohol at all. Taste is sweet and thick, very full bodied - rich and creamy. My spoonful went away very fast, but what I could taste (for my accurate sample) left me with a beer that is very good, and deserving of its high rating. Sort of reminded me of a weaker expedition. Really good, thanks for this one!
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle, part of a Too-Tres-Fore-Plead The Fifth horizontal tasting. The beer pours nearly black with reddish highlights around the edges. Medium thick brown head that diminishes steadily. Sticky patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits, plus some chocolate. Rich body with flavors of roasted malt, mocha and hops. Dark fruity flavors at times here as well. 12% alcohol is never noticeable. The finish is roasty with a lingering coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Very good overall.
brokephibroke (291) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade with Silphium. Deep black pour, minimal brown head. Sweet smoky coffee aroma. - almost like the aroma of the Dog House grill in Fresno. First impression is the palate - coating and creamy, per the good ones. There is some tartness here, suprisingly. Upfront is good, but tough to describe. Maybe rum cake, not sure. Chocolate aftertaste. 12%? not pronoinced enough. Thank you Silphium, can I get a 6 pack?
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of tpd975 (again, you the man). Pours black with mocha to brown head. Impressive looking brew. The aroma is dark and roasty moving toward burnt malt, coffee and chocolate. I do get some heat with a bigger draw. The taste starts with a creamy almost velvety feel bringing burnt malts to coffee as well as rich malt roastiness. A full yummy dark chocolate goodness. Into the finish the coffee and burnt malts hold on into the after taste with lingering notes of rich chocolate. Very tasty.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from jw77/jw347/johnathan... medium viscous black pour is quite opaque and dark. orange-brown head leaves behind some spotty and drippy lacing before it goes still. aroma of richly tanned leather, chocolate, ashy/smoky grain, very dark juicy fruits and a light tartness. fruity flavor as well... tart cherries and milk chocolate covered goji berries mix with molasses, charcoal, dark malty grain, floaral hops and grass/herbal. spicy tart finish with alcohol noticeable. medium body. very soft smooth mouth feel and velvety texture from a perceived lack of carbonation... solid....
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy tpd975. Pours pitch black, with thick lacing. A giant creamy tan head sits atop this beer like a king on a throne. Smoke and sweet pears and apricot in the nose, roasted malts are big and strong, caramel is in there, too. Flavor is creamy, malty, coffee and roasted chocolate, gooey caramel. Very delicious, smooth, creamy, full-bodied, and quite balanced. Yum.
Drake (8601) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy Pailhead. Thanks! Dark brown pour with nearly no head. Roasted malt aroma with a subtle coffee, chocolate, fruity thing going on. Taste is very similar with a more pronounced and slightly tart fruitiness. Full bodied but feels like on the tongue. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Very intriguing.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from MrBendo and drewbeerme - thanks, Todd and Andrew! Very still, settled pour. Rich chocolate aroma, some faint traces of roasted malts in there. Bitter taste up front, with a chalky finish that dissipates quickly, leaving some slightly sour fruits. Strange finish to what comes on as a strongly malty (albeit somewhat anonymous) imperial stout. Not quite up to DH’s other entries in this series, but still solid.