Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured black with a short-lived head. The aroma picked up lots of coffee and roasty black malts with light accents of vanilla and smoke.. not super complex, but well done. The flavor found similar.. well-roasted black malts and coffee plus a light hit of licorice at the core.. more roast and a hint of berries around.. picked up some warmth on the long, roasty finish. Heavier-bodied with fairly high carbonation.. good feel and flow.. very good, but not spectacular.
deyholla (7713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours black with a brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of smoked salty meat with roasted malts, dark grains and a bit of booze. Flavor is similar with dark grains and bitter roasted malts up front as well as growing smokey meat notes and a hint of booze.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown / black appearance with a dark brown head. Holy smokes, thereís a ton of roast and a bunch of caramel / taffy notes in the nose. Gooey caramel / toffee / chocolate aroma. Medium bodied. Moderate to high bitterness. Some piney notes. Rich caramel, goopy chocolate flavor. Finishes smooth. Molasses, some dark fruity / date notes but still well balanced. Drinks pretty fucken good.
allmyvinyl (5739) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of roast coffee, toffee and light fruit, Taste is more fruit and chocolate. Thin, abrupt finish. OK.
cgarvieuk (16795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home ... deep black ... big tan head ... soft dark bitter chocolate roast nose ... little fizzy ... dark malts ... big berry fruits ... soft toffee ... light bitter roast ... lightest coffee ... too bitter and something not quite rioght for me
rbrazell (1699) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle fromProof. Black pour with a small dark tan head. Big roasted malt aroma, with touches of smoke and ash along with black cherry, plum, raisins and tobacco leafs. Flavor is very similar but falls a limitless thin in the palate with average carbonation and medium body. No noticeable alcohol. Pretty good.
douglas88 (6942) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mongers. Pours a pure black color with a medium beige head. A big roasty nose, sweet caramel and toffee, licorice. The flavor is more sweet smoke, licorice, some milkiness, coffee, heavy roast, pretty smooth, caramel, light dark fruit. Very nice.
Maverick34 (2514) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A dark pour and eventually a tan head forms. Very roasty, dark chocolate, bitterness and a hint of spice. Pretty good.
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours like used up motor oil- thick and black. It nearly oozes out of the bottle, and leaves no head behind, and only a slight hint of very dark khaki (nearly orange) bubbles. This stout has one of the smallest head formations I have ever seen on a beer, which is fine with the style and looks fine upon this beer, but is still slightly puzzling. When washed up against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves thin and drizzling legs of alcohol to evaporate into the air. In body, the beer is viscous and impenetrable to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells like a proper RIS. Smooth roasted malt mingles with dark chocolate and French roast coffee notes. As you swirl the beer, notes of earth and must kick up into the nose suggesting a decaying forest floor alongside the roast malt character. Herbal black licorice dances around the nose as well, slightly blurring with the beers soft touch of booze. This is a luxurious and complex scent for a beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with chocolate and bread nuances. These are balanced by a smooth bitter roast with just a kiss of grassy hops at the finish. Hot alcohol does burn through the second half of the sip, but it is blended in with the other elements and does nothing to hurt the taste of the beer. This is a true work of balance in an RIS; sure, the flavors are big and intense, but overall this beer is quite smooth on the palate. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth chocolate malt, sweet cherries, just a ghost of raisin, and then spicy booze. This opens into rich French roast coffee, dark chocolate, and then decaying leaves and must. The finish turns to black licorice and root beer with smooth dark chocolate coating the back of the throat. The aftertaste is of licorice and chocolate. As the beer warms, I also start to get hints of whipped cream at the finish, which add a rich, dessert-like character to the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels oozingly fat, yet divinely silky and smooth in mouthfeel. The beer is of a heavier body, and though the smoothness helps to hide this, the way the beer oozes off the back of the palate in the finish suggests quite a heavy beer. Carbonation is practically none-existent, with only the tiniest prickle making me aware of its presence in this beer. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly damp in the middle of the tongue, but with a nice roasted-dry feeling throughout the rest of the mouth. The mouthfeel is quite luxurious, and nearly perfect, but I do wish it had just a little more grip on my tongue, so as to let me know the true weight of the beer. This beer is quite delectable, overall. Rich and complex malt flavors blend perfectly together to give a superb sip. This beer is also a great candidate for aging for one to two years, as the final traces of booze will surely meld away and bring the rich malts to further complex glory. Dieu du Cielís twist caps are a worry with oxidation, however, so if you do age a bottle be sure to dip it in wax. This beer is, of course, ready to drink as is, and provides quite a beautiful experience on the palate. This is the most balanced RIS Iíve had to date, and it is one of the best that I have tasted.
Quercus (26) - - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep dark pour. Great aroma toasty and nutty like almonds. Taste is a little more bitter than sweet. Good one, peche mortel is leaps and bounds ahead though.