Butters (3318) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Burger Bach as the last stop of the DB mystery pin crawl. This one was my favorite beer of the night. Dark near black pour, but without much brown head. Layered notes of roast and vanilla were dominant on the flavor, but not much else. Big creamy velvety mouthfeel. It was kinda a one trick pony, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for.
Emeister84 (430) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of roasted coffee, dark chocolate/cocoa, and potting soil. Almost black with bronze highlights, and amoderately fading, khaki head. Dry, roasty, smokey, and bitter. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation, and a smokey and roasty finish.
obguthr (3225) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Whole Foods, Virginia Beach VA: Charred oak and potting soil nose. Black, thin tan head. Coffee, prune, and fig, charred oak flavor. Full body. A little boozy for 8.5%.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass.
Pours near-black with a nice mocha head and a touch of lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of chocolate and some roast. Almost seems as if this one is barrel-aged, as everyone there seemed to get some oak and bourbon notes from it, however light. Flavor had nice chocolate and a bit of vanilla. Big body with a bit of booze. Nice.
nelsonbrews (16) - charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
imperial stout, need i say more??????????????????????????????????????????????
Kinz (2967) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of dkachur at the Richmond Gathering. Black, just a ring of head. Roasty and espresso aroma. Flavor matched. Just not much to it here, sort of a paint by numbers Impy. Perhaps suffered from hand bottling, but I really don’t think so. I simply didn’t find the layers of complexity that others did. I’ll have to swing out to the brewery for a re-rate in the future.
maniac (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 On tap at the brewpub on 02/14/2010. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy light brown head. Big roast and chocolate aroma. Big chocolate, roast, molasses, and alcohol flavor. Full body with moderate carbonation. 8/5/7/3/14 - 3.7
3/26/2009 - Handbottle courtesy of dkachur. Dark black body with no head. Dark roast, chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet smoke flavor, some chocolate and coffee with a bit of roast. Medium body with moderately low carbonation. - 7/4/7/3/14 - 3.5
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with no head. Light chocolate aroma with some coffee. Taste is sweet, coffee, molasses with some dark fruit. Sweet and smooth ending.
Braudog (5025) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft 1/2 pint at the brewpub; Pours as it should, pitch black with a beautiful tan pillowtop. Light aroma with a hint of licorice. The first sip is a kick in the nuts, full-on anise, molasses and day-old coffee. Would like it to have a little more body. (#3502, 2/11/2009)
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
black with tan head. flavor is overly sweet with minimal hop presence or alcohol depth. flawed and below average