tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Huge butterscotch aroma is quite overwhelming. Roasted malts, orange hops and some notes of chocolate swim beneath. Opaque, dark brown body is topped my a fine bubbled, medium brown head that recedes rapidly to a thin cover. Butterscotch is apparent also in the flavour with the same underlying orange-citrus hops, roasty bitterness and cloying sweetness as the aroma suggests. Medium full body is sticky, oily and ropey in texture with initially strong carbonation that fizzes out quickly. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Rastacouere and Siroy.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of JPDIPSO: Pours a viscous black with a thin tan head with light-lacing. Rich, sweet dark chocolate and caramel malty aroma. Sweet roasty malty flavor has a nice chocolate and bittering hop balance. Smooth, and incredibly balanced, nearly an imperial stout. Very enjoyable.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty malts and bitter chocolates are revealed by the aroma. Deep impenetrable black body holds a firm thumb thick and lasting mocha head. Fore is full of bitter bakerís chocolate and roasty malts. There is a bit of smooth and creamy roundness from the oats, but this isnít your standard sweet stout. Itís much bigger and more bitter...an Imperial Sweet Stout really.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam settles on the opaque darkness.
-Plenty of roastiness lives within the obvious butterscotchy diacetyl, both in aroma and flavor.
-Mouthfeel is round and full of sweet malts, though the diacetyl might have something to do with it.
What if you dig deeper?
-Blackberry fruitiness approaches the chocolatey butterscotch.
-The roasted malt bitterness is appreciated.
-Some citrusy hop bitterness supports as well.
-This appears to be a rich stout slowly being overcome by diacetyl, so my points reflect this thought.
Bottle; no date.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Milwaukee YEHa!05, brought by JPDIPSO. I didnít take many notes for this beer, but I remember it better than I rated it. Dark brown body, light tan head. Roasty aroma with toasted maltsw and plenty of chocolate. Rich, roasted malt body, toasty, chocolatey, and with an earthy hops finish. Medium-bodied and fairly rich.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black liquid with a tallish, thinner tan head. Mild aromas with chocolate and roasted malt. Very smooth flavors with chocolate and and a hint of caramel. A mild acidity keeps things in check from both a flavor and feel standpoint. Mild mocha in the finis. Oats help keep the feel full as well. A very good stout whether it be sweet or imperial or oatmeal.
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle thanks to secret santa! sweet stout, eh? itís very acidic and tannic (perhaps due to lots and lots of roasted barley) despite lots of starchy sweet oatmeal. clean hoppy finish, which belies the sweet body; the cascades and other american-feeling hops donít really show up until itís all over. another good stout from my 2005 secret santa...thanks!
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks John! Pours to a deep brown body with a red hue. There is a bubbly tan head. The aroma is very roasty and hoppy. Pine hops and oatmeal and deep chocolate malts. The flavor is a grassy and piney hops atop a deep chocolate and coffee body. The palate is rich with a full body and nice feel. Awesome.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body and palate here are real winners; smooth and silky, not over;y thick. Slight chocoaltely sweetness but more grainy, some pine elements from the hops but they donít blast you. All harmonius. Drinkable to the extreme; 7.2-7.4% (7.4 on my label) is just right. Thanks to Andre for this one.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks intimidating, creamy brown head over a black body, sweet nose, roasty dry and sweet flavor, chocolately and delicious well worth a try, unless you are scared of dragons, then you should probably get something different like a muffin