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 one’s 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 I’m good with that; but it could use a little more depth. Mouthfeel, too, wasn’t 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 (5117) - 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 – 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 (6500) - 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 (4429) - 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, I’m 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. I’m 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 (7386) - 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 PilsnerPeter’s 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.
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Jason. Strange-looking bottle. Really dark pour, and a caramel head. Strong hoppy presence in the nose to counteract the huge dark malts and bourbon. Not sure this is my favorite style, but it’s pretty well done. The bourbon is just a little astringent and biting, and the balance is not quite there. Still, there are some really nice roasted flavors in this, and it’s a good beer overall.
jcwattsrugger (11345) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Jimmacks pre BeerWars Gathering-33.8oz bottle–pours a brown head and black color. Aroma is chocolate/molasses, dark malt, ashy. Taste is chocolate/molasses, dark malt, ashy. lots pf earthy hops. Thanks to rciesla.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 1L swingtop this pours a dark brown color almost black with a small, bubbly tan head. The aroma shows bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee up front with hints of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor follows with the rich chocolate and espresso roast blended nicely with the oak and vanilla. The bourbon isn’t overbearing but adds a nice twang. Medium bodied and fairly smooth and easy to drink with a long chocolate finish. Pretty good bourbon aged stout.
dmac (4501) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at jimmacks Beer Wars preparty. Poured a very good looking deep dark black with a large beige head. Aroma of soy sauce, chocolate and mmm butter(ugh). The flavor is roasty enough that the butter stays away and lots of tar and tobacco coming through. Full body yet very lively fizzy carbonation. Interesting but needs tweaking.