hotstuff (4802) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 5-30-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Tasting (Bottle) This beer forms a small, very fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, brown body, no visible carbonation, and next to no lacing. The Aroma is chocolate, malt and smokey. The Taste mimics the Aroma. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, I could not obtain a real good liking for the flavor of this beer. It is not bad tasting...I just did not get a WOW factor from it.
Chudwick (2734) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml - pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is smoke, roasted malts and soy sauce. Sip adds oysters shell, peat and more roast, but less smoke than nose. Very dry with an almost tart finish. Balanced taste-wise. Interesting but a tad light.
Headbanger (3765) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle 10/31/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° in Mug-Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, and coffee. Taste of smoke, malt, and slight coffee. This medium bodied brew is not bad but I was expecting more smoke if this is indeed the category is supposed to be.
AirForceHops (5859) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml Bottle purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse back in March. Dark, deep brown nearly black in color. Aroma is lightly smoked, Belgian yeast and caramel. Kind of like a Dubbel with a hint of smoke. I like the aroma more than the flavor. The smoky peat, roasted chocolate and shoe leather. Finishes with a charcoal bitter finish. I stored this in my cellar properly. Not sure how long this sat on the shelf. However, the style itself really isn’t my “cup of tea”.
Imaena (2173) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pours is a deep deep brown black with an nice tan head. The nose is smokey caramel. The taste is well balanced smokiness with roasted malts and a touch of hops. This is a bit thin for my taste and I think it could be really improved with a fuller palette and mouth feel.
MikeJslc (777) - USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, light haze, tan head. Aroma: chocolate, dark fruit, boozy-sweet, smoky, leathery, earthy. Flavor of bready malt, baker’s chocolate, raisins, licorice, more smoke. Thin body, low/medium carbonation. Interesting beer.
maxwelldeux (4311) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a rather small head. Fairly malty nose with just a hint of smoke to it. Taste is a tad sour and somewhat characteristic of a dry stout. OK.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: slightly murky dark browns under a creamy tan head which collapses in the middle while the sides stick with clumpy lace. Mahogany glints.
Nose: whispers of tartness weave in and out – dark fruit and old wine tannins. Chocolate covered dark fruits – prunes and dates especially. Red wine soaked leather. Sticky. Brittle bitter bakers chocolate along the sides.
Palate: tart and lactic along the sides with rich prunes, dates, and plums in the middle – dried, not fresh. Juniper and fig in the back. Black root for an earthy quality. Bakers chocolate along the edges. Nice tang of sour lactic acid along the edges tingles and generates a thirst for more. Raw rhubarb.
Final Thoughts: another wonderful beer from the fine folks at Brouwerij de Molen. Their beers are hard to find but when you can find them, be sure to buy, savor, and maybe even cellar if you so desire. Delicious.
Bevbro (26) - Jamul, California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smoked beers aren’t my favorite but this ones got it going on. Definitely on the peaty woody side.
mcberko (12897) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of light smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavour of chocolate, smoke, a bit of roasted malt - but pretty thin for an 8% stout. Leaves much to be desired, but decent.