dmac (3538) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Swing cap bottle purchased at Capone’s. Poured a solid pitch black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma starts off sweet with dark bakers chocolate, coconut, figs, dates, prunes, rum, charcoal, tobacco, and soy. Body is great, full thick and chewy yet leaves an oily slick coating on your mouth and a lingering aftertaste. Flavors of espresso, tar, tobacco, and charcoal. Good stuff.
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fliptop bottle @ our annual Christmas night bottle share... Poured pitch black with a thin, light brown head. Nose had some peat, metallic smoke and worty malt. Thick viscous. Peaty and smokey. Way unbalanced. Bitter and astringent with a sharp wood tone. A savory soy sauce tone came in too. Not for me. Aroma was the best thing about it.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big ol’ bottle. Poured thick, inky black with a very dark brown head.. looked great in the glass. The aroma picked up a helluva lot of licorice, with lesser soy sauce, dark fruit, and smoky black malts.. some oxidation showed. The flavor found a heavy core with more licorice, soy sauce, and burnt, odd, lightly-smoked black malts.. quite salty.. this didn’t do it for me. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. slick across the middle.. tacky in the end.. just OK overall.
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge inky black pour w/ a tall brown head and some thick lacing. Some light smoke toasty notes I want to smell burnt toast almost and something a tiny bit bitter with hints of chocolate. Thick well coated palate. Taste has something just off to it. I wanted to say lactose and some burnt coffee touches of sour. Not very good.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the guy who shared this at the tasting last night. I don’t want to use the word "toast" to describe this beer, but regardless of the name, it really does have an excellent toasted bread flavor to it. Heavy on the roast malts, with chocolate to add some sweetness to it. A part of it reminds me of KtG. Really good beer and still in good form after being a couple years old.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 2/23/2011. Poured from a 1L swingtop bottle into a pint glass.
Toaster has a molasses, nearly black, color throughout, with a nice looking coffee color cream cap.
The aroma is malt forward, with lots of roasted malt, smokey notes, molasses, and chocolate.
Up front the roasted malt works well with dark chocolate and roast coffee. Some smokiness is there too, and I get a whiff up my nose as well while I am sipping this. Some molasses flavor adds a light sweetness. The finish is clean and sweet.
This is full bodied, with medium carbonation, which I feel may have declined over time. A strong toasted feel.
This was a treat to try, and I definitely enjoyed it. Unless they brew this again, I will probably not be able to get any more, though.
Ratman197 (8515) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 litre swing top bottle poured an opaque dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, licorice and light vanilla with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1L fliptop from Capone’s. Pours dark brown, hazy, with brown head. Nose was chocolate malt, roasty rauchy notes, prunes, hops. Tastes rich, chocolate malty, with notes of molasses, cacao, slight hops and rauchiness, and prune.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pepe with a red .. . Pours a glimmering tan brown, medium foam, good lacing too .. . has an interesting uniqueness , roasted molasses, dough, dark bark, and slander .. . i speak spanish, see! .. . A well made brew and happy to have tried it .. . Yeah,well thats a stone cold bummer Mr.Natural,but you gotta keep on truckin...
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into a pint glass. 4th Anniversary.
4.5 A: Dark as night color. One finger of thick creamy rusty/copper colored head with good retention and tons of lacing.
4.5 S: Big aroma. Lots of toasted malts and lots of burnt notes. Semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very nice.
5.0 T: Again it lives up to its name. Tons of roasty toasty flavors, but this time no burntness. It’s easily the most toasty stout I’ve ever had. Sweet maltiness that is not quite matched by hop bitterness. Sweet chocolate and toffee.
5.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Incredibly smooth for a high ABV brew. Can’t even tell there’s any alcohol other than a subtle warming. Creamy as hell. Well done.
5.0 D: There’s a reason this is sold in 1L bottles (other than the sustainability thing). Full in flavor, but there aren’t any dominating aspects.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-20-2009 02:44:41
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A big sticky syrupy imperial stout like so many others. Good beer… like so many others.
How: Bottle 1L swing-top. Consumed when about 1 year of age. Split 3-way. Bottle sent to me by MrChopin. Thanks a lot Kevin.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: The nose is very roasted and the beer “smells thick” (molasses, tar, liquorice, etc.). Taste follows up on the nose. This is a big sticky imperial stouts with all the above elements (highly roasted malts, molasses, tar, liquorice). Not much fruitiness here or even chocolate/coffee. Very sweet with alcohol somewhat apparent. The beer was somewhat saved by a nice grassy hops presence with a slightly resinous bitterness that almost balanced it out. Those type of big beers are always nice beers when they are not cloyingly sweet. The style simply hides any and all of the problems the beer might have. All in all it was a good beer, above average for the style, but it doesn’t really stand out except for the taste of “rare” that is not worth it in this case. Not the best thing since toasted sliced bread.