golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Spuyten Duyvil. Black pour with some tan head. Aroma is sweet oaty malt, roasted malt, coffee, and some cola. Flavor is the same, sweet oaty malt and chocolate, roast, cola, some not-fresh coffee grounds in the finish. It’s good, but not really my style.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
*did not mind would not buy*
aroma: dry mealy coffee, old stale spent espresso grounds. also some cardboard. nothing rich or wonderful really. app: black not decadent. foamy tan head. flavor: nice, not great lil boozy. the lack of richness and malty huge depth compared to the sharp booze is a bit out of balance and not pleasing, the aftertaste is very nice though. i wish the taste was more like the after taste. palate, to thin to spritzy. OA: nice not great. needs to be more rich and smooth.
BREWMUSKCLES (2192) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had it on the cask--after-- the kentucky bourbon. this has a better flavor but is less in every other way. the absence of the cheap bourbon taste is nice and it is nicely hopped in this presentation. guess i gotta re-rate but here i go for now. the head is foamy and the beer is lighter and a bit oatey. low sweetness.
cameraman (9) - Crestwood, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A pitch black color, opaque, with a dark caramel colored head that forms slightly and dissolves away quickly. The scent in a word, DAMN! There is alot coming out when smelling this beer. It starts with a combination of chocolate and coffee fragrances, and it blends itself to a sweet oatmeal scent. The taste is well blended flavor of chocolate, then to coffee, and fianlly to the oatmeal, with slight touch of bitterness at the end. A rich feel, yet very smooth, light syrupy texture at the back, it does have very nice dry finish. Man, this is an excellent stout, an intense aroma, very strong flavor and a wonderful mouthfeel, make this a very drinkable beer.
bierkonijn (26) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had to pick up a bottle in Brussels, and took it to England, and back to Amsterdam, together with a whole bunch of other stouts, that was a heavy bag to travel with. Anyway, muchos gracias brad.
I love to poor a decent strong stout. The black, syrup-ish liquid, ending with a dark brown head, every time again, why is there a lack of these kinds of beers in Europe? Just beautiful, so was this one. Further more, not very much in the nose here, but I’m a little bit sick, could that be it? the taste is overwhelming, the coffee stays subtle. Actually, this is a subtle beer. subtle chocolate, subtle bitterness. It’s always hard for me to decide whether I like the arrogant unbalanced super stout above the subtile well done brews. However, this beer gives me a long moment of enjoyment, and with this kind of brews, in my opinion, the brewer deserves more respect then with a (often lovely) beer where a brewer finishes off with just an extra two bags of hops.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Actually drank this for breakfast yesterday. It set a certain tone for the whole day, I think. Bottle pours inky jet black with a dark brown head. Awesome nose, dark chocolate and strong black coffee, also something burnt in there, like cooled coals after a campfire, and now it’s the morning and whaddyaknow, time for breakfast. Flavor starts with a slight sourness like pumpernickel, easing into a long, slow, roasted coffee bitterness, where the campfire smoke melds with perfectly reasonable hops. Oily, thick but smooth, quite dry mouthfeel. Bitter, toasty aftertaste. Top of the morning.
tompete (206) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MIld sweet dark malt smell with a brown head. Solid coffee flavor with a moderate body to back it. Nice bitter coffee finish. Just enough sweetness to balance it all. Very good.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of unclejedi. Pours a deep opaque black with a 2 finger chocolate brown head that fades into a thin top layer. Nice lacing. Nose is roasted coffee beans, cocoa and bakers chocolate. Palate is a lot like it smells - chocolaty coffee but with a touch of oatmeal at the end. Slight bitter finish. Creamy mouth feel. A great stout. Right up there with my favorites of the style.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at shack of party banter dance-off. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, fruity, cigars, good quality coffee. Taste however is too intence and really difficult to swallow as it goes on. A bit upsetting as the aroma was quite acceptable.
dalekliz (854) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black with a thin tan head. Rich, sweet toasted malt aroma, with dark fruits and molasses. Taste is also very rich and malty, with a lot of molasses flavor as well as big coffee and chocolate notes. Lingering sweet and bitter malt taste. A rich, delicious imperial stout.