KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Bottle with MaltOMeal. Thanks!
Pours a rich, sans lumination black with a light beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate chunks, dark raspberry, and isopryl alcohol. Flavor is bittered coffee chocolate, with a brusque white wine finish. Rich and full mouthfeel. This beer is all hype; doesn’t stack up to the finer stouts. A good beer, for sure, but not as good as the percentile dictates.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 bomber thanks to OldGrowth. This poured dark as night with a thick brown head that looked a like a chocolate milk shake. Nose is of chocolate and coffee with some ash towards the end. Taste was cocoa powder, coffee and again some ash at the end. Mouthfeel was thick like a chocolate shake and a little dry at the finish. Well made stout.
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A former top-50 beer entered to celebrate my rating number 10200. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, tar, and hops. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of roasted malt as well as notes of alcohol and oranges, leading to a dry bitter chocolate finish. Thanks Jeppe for sharing.
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1600 well hell yeah! A black appearance with a moderate tan head. The aroma consists of coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark fruit, and charcoal. This is a very rich beer with a lot of chocolate showing through. Some coffee and licorice linger in the background. This reminds of Expedition in some ways. The alcohol is hidden quite well. The aftertaste is a mixture of bitter and sweet. This beer lives up to the hype. Great stuff!
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from frumpty dumpty: pours a very black with a good sized tan head. aroma is great roasted coffee and fantastic dark chocolate, some very deep dark fruits. flavour is a roasty chocolate, great chcocolate actually, some fruit showing up. very good.
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 THANKS Pepsican! As you would expect, chocolate everywhere. Smell, chocolate, taste, chocolate. Amazing mouth feel. roastiness, coffee, fruits and stuff hid behind the chocolate, but still let you know they were there. Best RIS I’ve had.
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Merritt Island Throwdown. Perfect black. Cocoa aromas. Totally smooth dark chocolate flavors. Robust roastiness with chocolate again in the finish. Alcohol present but well-integrated. Gorgeous! Thank you orlando crew.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks SoLan! Poured a deep brown, almost black color. The aroma is chocolaty and roasted, with some molasses and treacle notes peeking through on the back. The flavor is more of the same, though a bit more subdued than I anticipated. Very good beer.
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy mcbackus. Wow, this is good! Pours thick black with a small dark tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted grain aroma. Taste is an explosion of chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, & coffee. Just coats the glass with thick residue. Has a slight sharpness, also. Finishes a little thick, like a chewy aperitif.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy mcbackus. Pours a brownish red, with creamy orange highlights. Rings of lacing are prominent, and a nice foamy head. Chocolate is rich in the aroma, with caramel and deep roasted malts. Rich flavors of roasted chocolate, thick brown sugar influence, with a chalky and bitter aftertaste. Warming, medium-body. Sweet flavors stick to mouth, and very enjoyable. ABV is unnoticeable. Quite nice.