douglas88 (5553) - 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 (2040) - 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 (126) - 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 Ciel’s 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 I’ve 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.
deepeary (36) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Only Cafe. Really deep roasty notes, bitter chocolate, coffee. Some alcohol on the nose. Wonderfully creamy head that stuck around forever. Huge body, creamy mouth feel. Delicious.
rxeight (1041) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a slight head. Aroma is chocolate coffee some smoke. Taste is mostly toasty malts. Some smoke and licorice. No sweetness more of the European porter or imperial stout. Decent stuff but a little to much roast and not enough sweetness for my tastes.
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Some dryness and bitterness at the finish. Very nice.
VsXsV (1878) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, chocolate, acetone, raw sugar, raisins and white pepper. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, dried fruit, white pepper and bread. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Quite nice, but the aroma is a bit all over the place.
Daniel719 (77) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle. Not a big smell. Some chocolate but not much else. But the appearance is great. Dark black with a nice tan mocha head. Taste is pretty good. Some chocolate and dark fruits. The back end has a nice bitter aftertaste. Not used to that in a stout. It’s a nice, full bodied beer. Overall a good beer.
Fritz123 (783) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Amazing looking black pour with a thin mocha head. Good rim and lacing. Aroma is strong notes of dark, bitter chocolate, light roast coffee, peat, earth and caramel. The taste is similar with the peat and bitter dark chocolates mostly showing through. Medium body and medium carbonation. The end is bitter and great. No real booze on the finish either. Very well balanced and smooth to drink. Nice beer!