Jamiesessions (29) - - JUL 15, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Flat out prefect beer. Delicious, alcohol is well hidden, thick and hearty, but sweet and delicious
Huhzubendah (2006) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thank you to drabmuh for sharing this at my last tasting.
A: Near black, good head and lacing.
S: Enticing aromas of roasted malt with hints of chocolate.
T: Very tasty. A beautifully balanced big stout. A slight hop character in the finish adds another level of complexity to this tasty brew. There is less chocolate in the flavor than the name suggests, but subtle hints of bittersweet chocolate make this a pleasure to drink.
M: Crisp carbonation, great feel. ABV masked well.
D: Yes please, may I have another. I seriously need to go to the release next year, provided that I donít get snowed in again.
29 Jan 2011: Made it to the release! Good times.
CanIHave4Beers (2512) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well Bob you sent me this bottle something like two, maybe three years ago... I figured Iíd use my rating to tie you, and my next rating to pass you. The time has come!
The stout pours a deep black with a fairly well retained brown head.
This is a very aromatic stout, not as chocolaty in the nose as the name suggests but certainly wonderful smelling, plenty of coffee, roasty malt, sweetness, vanilla, dark chocolate, and some dark fruit.
The flavor is sweet, but balanced. The chocolate character is dominant but itís mostly a more bitter dark chocolate. The sweetness is malt derived and works well alongside the bitterness and the vanilla character of the beer. Everything is just so and in itís right places, the sweetness, the espresso, the chocolate, the mild dark fruit.
Sort of a quintessential North American Russian Imperial Stout.
VsXsV (1259) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque, black liquid with minmal mocca, tan head. Aroma of grassy hops, chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, boozy, licorice, toasty, biscuity malt, pine and bread. Taste is dry and medium bitter with notes of chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A bit bland, sadly. Not worth the hype.
BrewDad (4304) - Olympia, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Craft Brewers Conference 2012 - Dark black in color hazy with a thin head. Nice rich thick dark chocolate aroma and a flavor. Lots of rich thick coffee sweet and dry aroma.
Westmeister (990) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler share @ Ale Alpharetta. Just from some of the hype I expected a bit more, but it was a great, yet simple stout. Smell is cocoa nibs, some coffee, bittering hops, and toffee. Taste was very smooth chocolate, slight coffee and dark fruit. Undeniably smooth and very drinkable for a big stout. Yet the depth is just not there to throw it in the top tiers.
arkurzynski (1207) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to mecherd (BA). Thick black pour with brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, licorice, and some cocoa powder. Flavor is roasted malt/coffee with some dark fruit acidity and unsweeted chocolate. Some middle sweetness. Residual coffee and cocoa. Good brew, but flavor is a little lifeless and could be more complex. Could see how barrel aging this beer would make it exceptional.
NelsonPR (23) - MIlWAUKEE, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to anne fitten glenn for this one. Tar like appearence with a tan head, aroma of chocolate liquor and coffee, taste is bitter cocoa with fresh roasted coffee, with a mix of spicyness from the hops... mouthfeel is thick but nice...i love this beer..
jcartamdg (1162) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a ccb snifter. Pours dark black with a 1 finger head that lasts seconds. A thin ring forms around the glass with very little lacing. Aroma isnít bad, coffee and chocolate all the way. The taste is where there is a problem. Chocolate then coffee then a really off taste, something Iíd never like to taste again. I donít like to throw around claims of infection but if this isnít infection what the heck are they putting in their beer. Very disappointing for a very hyped brew.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle at Craigís. A black beer with a decent tan head. Aroma of soy sauce, dark chocolate and Twiglets. Quite savoury flavours with a little salt. Twiglets and dark chocolate are quite prominent again with a lingering dry Marmite and dark chocolate finish. Moderate carbonation and quite dry also. Lovely.