EtTuCthulhu (1356) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a viscous reddish black color with a small tan head that fades quickly to a ring. The aroma blends coffee beans, dark chocolate, caramel and chocolate malts, booze, and a hint of vanilla. The taste is mildly bitter, mildly umami, and a touch sweet, and the major flavor is mocha, which lingers for a long-lasting aftertaste. The palate, unfortunately, has a thin texture and a medium body, which doesnít quite match the flavor.
williamstome (1320) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, brown head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, flavor is cocoa, vanilla, chocolate, espresso. Sweet. Rich and thick.
Gachupines (1062) - USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thick brown head. Aroma is strong vanilla with some cocoa. Flavor is boozy and sweet. Noticeable vanilla and bourbon with a sticky sweet finish.
superspak (3331) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/3/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla, toffee, toast, dark bread, tobacco, raisin, plum, light wood smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, vanilla, toffee, toast, dark bread, tobacco, raisin, plum, light wood smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Tonkun (1120) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with s big mocha head. Oak, vanilla, tuna flake, raisin, coffee. Big chewable body with good carbonation. Slight oaky and vanilla finish
magsinva (963) - Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours pitch with a thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla and chocolate with some warmth on the finish. Nice!
DiarmaidBHK (3695) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from wine and cheese place. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Big roasted malts on the nose. I didnít get the vanilla notes on the tongue at first but as the beer warmed they became more prominent. Itís surprisingly mild for such a big beer which makes it kind of dangerous. Finishes with a bit of hoppiness on the finish. Nice.
kevinsenn (1436) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisiní Ales. Aroma of dark fruit, cherry, some roasted grains! And licorice. Taste has all the same notes. Good balance between sweet and bitter.
maxwelldeux (4160) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a fairly thick near black color with a smallish light brown head on there. Nose is very roasty and dry, and hints of very dark chocolate. Taste is also dry and roasty. Almost feels a little sandy...
3fourths (8554) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black with a purple-brown head. Aroma impression is chocolate malt with a phenolic touch of pumice and metal, a small bit of fusel alcohol manifesting as solvent and strong red wine. Full bodied and rich with moderate sweetness and moderate but creeping bitterness, well-placed as it settles on the tongue after the sugar is washed away and not before. Malt is creamy and savory while alcohol is sharp, fumes being breathed in the finish. Before that thereís a nicely rich char-heavy / just-smoked maltiness in the mouth that is enjoyable, but itís the one part of this beer that does it for me. I want to like it, and I have liked some other Two Roads (Evil Twin) strong Porters and Stouts, but here it smells more and more like metal and nail polish and chlorine and alcohol. A fresh pour shows more of the chocolate-coffee-fruit-liqueur impression, but as it breathes in the glass again the metal and mineral and chemical character returns.