ACHops (870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Growler from the brewery. Pours inky dark brown with thin oily mocha head. Aroma is big roasty malts and a slight hint of coffee. Chocolate malts shine through, along with a substantial hop presence. Finish is a little harsh - heavily bitter with some funky notes. Nice thick body but the balance is a bit off here. Would do well with some barrel aging to smooth out these flavors. Now I just need to get my hands on some Kentucky Dark Star...
Update: revisiting on nitro @ the brewery 1 year later. Thick mocha (nitro) head. Chocolate and coffee notes much more prominent here. Balance is dialed too. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. Revising rating to reflect improvement (went from a 3.5 to a 4)
Beaver (1396) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a hige creamy tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malt with a little roast.
The flavor is sweet chocolate malt and some coffee with a chalky roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a nice amped up oatmeal stout.
onceblind (4968) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky black pour with a lush foamy khaki head. Roasty earthy and semisweet nose with a dark pseudo chocolate tone. Big flavor with oat smoothness, deep earthy chocolate, a semisweet black roastiness and a calm stouty black malt finish. A bit simplistic but tasty all the same.
Barreras (1141) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a black color with a light tan foam. Aroma of oatmeal malt. Taste is burnt oatmeal, malty backbone, with some coco notes. Flavor is a little burnt, with a deep bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers on the palate well after the swallow.
DSG (7488) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[3/2/15] Draught at Fremont Brewing in Seattle. Black with brown foam. Roasty aroma with some coffee. Roasty flavor, rather sweet, with coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a bitterish and slightly ashy finish. Full-bodied. Very nice.
Errl (1881) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with tan head...Nose is roast, chocolate, coffee, dry...Taste is chocolate, roast, spice, dry, coffee, dark and bold..
ryanfolty (2007) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 6, 2015 - can via trade. Dark pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was chocolate and grain. Taste was consistent with aroma, but had a roast that was almost smokey / ashy.
SudsMcDuff (6470) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CaN, at work while washing kegs .. . Dark black .. Awesome cream foam .. . Dark roast, tar, creamed toast, and black gums .. . Perfectly balanced and utterly homicidal. Great beer! .. . . Why was vanilla ice so popular? You people forget about chocolate..? even strawberry is acceptable!?!
Concealer (881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Clear dark reddish brown with a medium brown head that lasts in a ring and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toasted oats. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, oats, pine, light caramel and subtle vanilla underlying. Medium bodied, creamy smooth with a slightly bitter finish.
Arayaga2 (1859) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown/black with 2" of chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is cocoa with sprucey hop notes. Taste is coffee and some marshmallow, and trails into smooth roast and slightly ’dank’ hops. $5/22oz
JohnnyJ (4733) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the brewery. Dark brown, near black pour, tan head. Milk chocolate, roast, ground coffee, a bit watery, and mild bitterness. Ok, I’m not terribly impressed.