stantheman (678) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Four oz sample on a paddle at St. Augustine’s on The Drive in Vancouver. Color is black. Not much head or nose from sample glass. It’s rich, with chocolate and coffee notes, but I’m a bit skeptical of the four oz pour being a good sample.
Okay, second go here, in a side by side comparison with one of my all-time faves, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. The XXIV is sweeter and has a fruity dimension not found in BBBCS.
I love them both. Vive la difference!
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge roast punch in the face, but settles down and behaves nicely. Alcohol not shy though. Chocolatey and malty, the fruit sweetness lingers. Finishes smooth as smooth can be. An imperial porter in a class by itself.
MrFecesious (1141) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ON TAP at St. Augustine’s Vancouver. Sweet malty milf, I almost dropped a load hearing I could have this on tap here. Absolute blackest brown with a sad skiff of what might’ve been a good "cum dumpster, fake tan" cap. Aroma of over ripe dark fruit and chocolate, spruce. Taste is similar, but more alcohol forward. Not in a bad way though. As much as this is a sipper, its exactly what you’d expect from it.
TheEpeeist (3429) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of tan bubbles. Nose is fig, caramel, chocolate, dates and vanilla. Rich and silky medium body with a buzz. Taste features that wonderful fig and date combo, the chocolate adds a bitter note to balance the fruit and malt. Slight coffee linger, quite tasty.
PotjeBier (1779) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ 38 Degrees Alehouse. Black color. Aroma’s: chocolate, sweet fruit, roast. Flavor: medium sweet, medium bitter, chocolatey. Medium bodied. Finishes strongly roasted & bitter.
Gription79 (2389) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks Ed. I love this beer, rich chocolate, roasted malts, fruity, woody, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. The finish is fairly dry(considering the abv) making this a nice drinking beer.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roast malt, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and booze. Flavor is lots of sweet malt, very rich. Lots of chcoolate, roast malt, some licorice, dark fruit, anise, lingering woody notes.
tricyclist (958) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample pour of deep dark, thin liquid with a super thin head. Nose is sweet and smooth, caramel and light roasted malt. Flavor is exactly opposite, with sharp warming alcohol, full roasted malt. Lightly sweetened with caramel and toffee. Really a nice transition. Smooth medium body, and quite drinkable, but the alcohol isn’t hidden. Nice...
sonnycheeba (3903) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with thick, frothy tan head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted and caramel malts, dates, raisins, and some spice. Flavor is roast malt, floral hops, coffee, chocolate, raisins, and light woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (10359) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is prunes, plums, raisins, and figs with roast and chocolate malt, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dark malt, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.