ALLOVATE (2624) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Labelled as Soft DK with a label not quite as cool as the label listed. At cellar temperature and into a snifter as the mercury drops close to zero here. it looks good; inky black with creamy tannish dollop atop that holds and aces well. Peaty, earthy, topsoil dominated nose. There is a hefty boozy spice in there, it’s nit shy about that. Burnt raisins, muscatels, red lumber, vanilla, hazelnuts; and interesting aroma all around. Thick, rich, velvety and smooth on the palate. Lots of alcohol butt no burn; melded with woody, earthy and tarrish notes, savoury fruit mince, peppery spice and light umami meatiness. Remains on the drier side throughout. Bitter spice in the length; not much else there sadly. Not full on in flavour, in fact it is quite subdued. It is easy to drink but just a little moorish to be savoured. I can’t say it hits like its 10.4% ABV, be it a little on the timid side, but it is a nice stout none the less! (12fl.Oz, 062:15, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (of Soft DK version) at home. Pours very dark brown with two fingers of mocha head that dissipates quickly - head looked like a cola head. Aroma is dark chocolate and slight vanilla. Flavor follows with lots of dark chocolate and some slight dark fruit. Very sweet beer. Much too sweet. There was also a metallic taste on the finish. Not terribly enjoyable, but drinkable.
janubio (528) - SPAIN - MAY 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great black colour and great brown head, doesn’t hold for too long, but leaves a ring. There’s a strong smell just opening the bottle, I wouldn’t say dookie, more like used diapers. Then chocolate, dark fruits (raisins, plums), vanilla...Medium body, creamy and sticky palate. Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, mollasses, vanilla... Very complex great beer.
jbruner (2940) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle labeled as "Soft DK". Pours a deep black with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big roast and dark chocolate over sweet vanilla hints. Taste follows, a bit of earth and tobacco and less of the vanilla until it heats up. Warming booze as it goes down, thick mouth, soft carbonation.
AWISLguy (1762) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rays. Black pour with a brown head leaving nice lace. Aroma has molasses, caramel, some roast and some chocolate. No
diaper ever smelled like that ... Taste is of sweet caramel, sweet
molasses, roast, and cocoa. Medium to full bodied with some alcohol
presence. Finishes fairly long and much more sweet than bitter, but
with just enough bitterness to stop it from being cloying. More
roast would have made this stellar. 14.4
EtTuCthulhu (1375) - 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 doesn’t quite match the flavor.
williamstome (1349) - 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 (1074) - 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 (3409) - 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 (1163) - 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