GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1L fliptop courtesy of Beerman6686 poured into a snifter.
Pours pitch black with no light penetrating the body with a huge fluffy mocha head that recedes slowly to a small collar, leaving some delicate lacing on the sides. Gorgeous beer.
The aroma is full of dark roasted chocolate malts, lots of dry cocoa as well. There is hardly a hint of bourbon in the nose but itís really all about the deeply roasted chocolate malts.
The taste is more of the same, fairly one-dimensional, with the massively toasted (almost burnt) malts dominating. There is semi-sweet bakers chocolate and a dry oaky finish. Again, not much in the way of bourbon in the taste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry for the style with the baker chocolate, burnt malts and oak all contributing to that feel.
This is a good stout, though I would say itís a bit too dry, almost chalky, which keeps it from being a great beer. Still, Iím yet to be disappointed by East End.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apparently I had this @ Beerlandoís throwdown. Black color with a thin even dark tan head. Heavy roast, chalk, lacto, cocoa on the aroma. Mild roasty taste, straightforward but solid.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick black. dry Flatish. Some roastiness, but otherwise low in flavor. At toncatcherís tasting.
malrubius (1715) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle shared by someone at Spuyten Duyvil big beer fest. Thanks! Black with brown head and alce. Coffee and wood aroma. Coffee wood chocolate dark fruit and dry finish. Excellent.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big-ass quart of beer from corby112 - thanks, Craig! Loved the Black Strap when I had a growler of that last year, and there was something about the combination of super creamy mouthfeel and assertive roasts that was so delightful. I have to say that this oneís just short of the mark, although still quite nice. While the barrel is quite subtle here, thankfully, some of the additional flavors (chocolate, slight cream) have been pushed to the margins, leaving just black coffee. I love me some face-wrecking coffee, so Iím good with that; but it could use a little more depth. Mouthfeel, too, wasnít as full and sumptuous as I was anticipating (or remembering from the original) either. So overall, still pretty damn good but not quite what it could have been.
BrewDad (4996) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Liquid Sunshine VII Tasting Ė Kirkland, WA
Aroma: Big rich stout aroma with a dark chocolate and coffee lingering.
Appearance: Dark black in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Deep rich dark malt flavors rich chocolate and coffee coming off.
Palate: Dry Stout Chocolate Finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: A super stout this was a great beer. Loved the flavors of this brew.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks RiversideAK! Strong and rich coffee aroma, jet black and a small tan head. Dense gritty coffee, shocked wih the dry intensity. Single profile but very dense and tasty.
after4ever (6130) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1L swingtop. Thanks so much, Riverside! Wow, this was a jammin basic stout. Jet black with a thick, surging burnt orange/tan head. Big burny roasty nose. Chocolate and prune there as well. Creamy medium body. Toast, roast, chocolate, and oak on the mid-palate. Long roasty finish. A basic beer done very well by complicating it a bit. Awesome.
cheap (4057) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Homewood reserve batch 2009. Well, Iím glad this aint no impy stout, I was under the impression that it was. Big brown flip top bottle, must be at least a quart+. Nice roasty stout aroma, comes across as very enticing. Big black pour that I think is staining my big clear beer mug. Creamy thin choco moose head. First taste I think its going to be too impy bitter but it never quite gets there. Burned charcoal taste permiates this brew but it is not overwhelming. I think this stuff may be milder than the black strap, if that is possible. Iím not sure what oak barrels have to do with the taste but it is ceratinly different than the black strap. Not much carbonation on the tongue but you can sure tell there is a fizzy creaminess down the throat. Overall an impressively dark beer that is much heavier than most stouts but much more well behaved and enjoyable compared to impy stouts. Good session. Hope this brown stain comes outta my glass, wew.
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at PilsnerPeterís Spring Gathering. Pours a hefty black with a thick tan head, looking a little soda bubble like. Smells roasty, but with some graininess and a little bit of cardboard. Thin bodied and roasty. Light roast on the finish, but a little weak.