joeneugs (3981) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a hard to find beer on the West coast. Thanks Harpreet. Kind of funky aroma giving way to wood, chocolate, coffee, campfire, and a hint of fruit - not much. It has a small dissapearing dark brown head. The taste is sweet and sour with a heavy duty smoked wood bitter aftertaste. Hints of chocolate and coffee and a thick body give this beer a good balance between the sweet and bitter. A very lively brew with the alcohol not noticeable at 8.3. Not terribly complex, but tasty and satisfying.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So much coffee goodness, with a relatively low ABV for an imperial stout. Amazingly drinkable and very smooth and delicious. Black, with an almost perfect aroma for a coffee beer.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
beer was drank fairly fresh. just tons and tons of super bitter coffee. i think i will like this one with age. alcohol was very previlent and couldnt get anything but coffee. i can tell the quality this is going to drink in about a year so maybe it’ll get a higher rating after some of the coffee mellows out.
SrSilliGose (3296) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 draft fiddlers hearth. cream, milk chocolate, some lightly bittered coffee notes. light roast. alc well hidden. nice.
MeadMe (1426) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours an Obsidian black, darker than a moonless night. It pours with a huge thunderous head with tons of tiny bubbles that get foamy on top, like sea foam in the gulf on a warm September afternoon. The head dies down to a nice cap but some of the foaminess is left behind sticking to the top of my snifter.
S: Wonderful smelling stout. TONS of chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. There are hints of vanilla and perfectly roasted malt. This reminds me of my favorite cafe mocha which I happened to sip at a sidewalk café in Paris.
T: I really like great stouts and this is one of them. The flavors are off the scale. BAM in your face. Tons of rich creamy chocolate. Reminds me of the cocoa my grandmother (god rest her soul) used to prepare for me on a cold Indiana morning as a child. So chocolaty, sweet, and warming. All of that is then overtaken by a coffee taste as good if not better than the best espresso known to man.
M: Medium bodied and a creaminess that is off the scale.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of wet, sour coffee grounds and a bit of pipe smoke. Smoky, semi-sweet and sour and then dry coffee. Thick and smooth. Nice bitter finish. Quite good.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a two finger brown lace leaving crown. Aroma of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and roasted malt. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and oatmeal. Goes down pretty smooth and hides the alcohol well. Palate is medium and finishes up with a very mild hop presence with some chocolate and oatmeal mixed in.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
what a great beer. fantastic aromas of roasted coffee. layers of flavors of chocolate and coffee with a rich creamy mouthfeel.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Table and Vine in MA. Pours thick black with a nice creamy brown head, warmed to 55-60 degrees. Aroma has rich espresso, notes of licorice, ash, and dark chocolate. Nice mouthfeel on this guy, real creamy and rich, with a full flavor. Body has notes of coffee, primarily, with some mid-palate burnt wood and toffee. Finish descends gently into brown sugar, roasts, baker’s chocolate and more coffee. Excellent brew, extremely well-balanced.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle. My 100th beer picked on the forum and boy did they choose well! Pours pitch black like used oil with a monsterous creamy brown head. The head is very slow to fade and a sticks to the glass the whole way down, leaving glorius lacing. The aroma is huge. From two feet away I can smell chocolate and roasted malt. As I get closer, I pick up big coffee notes, hints of ripe fruit, and oats. Creamy, thick, and viscous on the tongue. Oily and coating all the way down. The balance here is extraordinary. The palate is awash with chocolate, coffee, deeply roasted malt, oats, and a touch of dark fruit. A bitter chocolate taste lingers in the mouth. Heavy, rich and absolutely decadent!