bacummings (21) - Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit too burnt tasting up front, but finished pretty mellow. Dark coloring, but not too thick.
benself (11) - gardendale, Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is big on coffee and hops. The flavor is all coffee up front, and hop bitterness comes behind and cleans it up. Oatmeal provides a soft, luxurious mouthfeel. I really like the balance in this big, ambitious stout.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via roving 64-oz growler during Dark Lord Day ’09 from the Free the Hops gang in Alabama. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that quickly dissolves to a fine film and no ring. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, oatmeal, dark roasted coffee and a touch of molasses. Taste is smooth, thick, low carbonation with flavors of oatmeal, chocolate and dark coffee. Finish is smooth, creamy with a slight coffee aftertaste. For an Alabama oatmeal stout, there’s nutt’n wrong with their beer. It drank pretty good!
unclemattie (3902) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ the 1st Annual Rocket City Brewfest. Very dark brown, light tan head. Deep aroma of roasted grains. Lots of oats. Flavor is like chewing on a coffee bean. Nice malt back ground, lots of roast, nice coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. This beer was so good it gave me chills after the first sip. Finishes with a citrus hop bite. Yum.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler shared by a guy in a kilt from Alabama at DLD. pours a deep, oily black with a thin, bubbly dark brown head. aroma was excellent with big roast coffee, rolled oats, and vanilla. flavor was great as well with a big bit of bitter chocolate, roast coffee, sweet malt, and a hint of molasses with a long, coffee finish. mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth, and very drinkable. solid beer and great work with the "free the hops" campaign.
cgarvieuk (12170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
OH MAN BIG THANK to the FREE HOPS people from bringing this to DLD ... IT sure drank good ...Deep black ... smooth soft coffee roast nose ... deep solid smooth roast ... lots of coffeee ... good but could do with a little less coffee.
Peterlemonjelo (42) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap @ J Clyde and this one is a winner.
A - Very very dark brown, just a touch under black. Poured with a nice creamed coffee head. Nice lacing down glass as consumed.
S - Very fragrant with aromas of coffee, cream, dark chocolate, and woody aroma.
T - big coffee front turning to a chocolate/dark malt middle finishing with a bittering & earthy flavoring hops finish. Complex tasting beer considering the big dominant flavors each holding their own versus the other, especially considering the relatively low ABV.
M - Nice, not overly carbonated and very smooth/creamy feel.
D - I can, and have, session this beer. Considering the complexity of this beer it’s surprisingly very drinkable.
Very good beer. If given the opportunity, I would love GPBC to brew an Imperial version as a seasonal.
Serving type: on-tap
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
YES ALABAMA! growler at DL day. Mostly black pour with a bubbly tan head. Nice roasted coffee aroma with some smooth oatmeal and chocolate notes. Flavor is pretty nice. Chocolate, coffe...lots of really nice coffee. The oatmeal smooths this one out really well. Good!
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at DLD 09 thanks to the awesome people from Free the Hops. Poured black with a tan head. Nice carbonation. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and grain. Taste was of roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. Nice lingering coffee taste in the end. Body was lighter than I had expected. Very crisp mouthfeel made this beer an easy drinking one. I really enjoyed this beer.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped by the "Free The Hops!" RV for this bad boy. What a wonderful group of people, friendly, and passionate about their beer freedom. This poured a nice blackish pour, largely opaque, with tannish head that laces and clung a little. Aromas were moderate, pushing nice coffee and roasted malt notes, a touch of sweetness nestled in. Initial was a little light in body for me even with the oatmeal, pushing coffee and roasted malts, the oatmeal sweetened it a bit, but lacked a great body. Still, pretty good and a very appreciated brew!