Lukaduke (1021) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep thick burnt umber color with a huge sticky four finger dark mocha foam. On the nose its rich boozy chocolate, roasted malt and lots of piney minty hop note and a touch of licorice as well. On the palate its a lot of the same with a thick viscous mouthfeel and a heap of smooth pleasant flavors. Nice rich chocolate notes create a solid foundation for the rich earthy pine sap hop notes... touches of citrus and a complex mixture of mint, licorice, nutty and just a touch of soy sauce. Definitely a bottle to share cause this mis big strong and chewy !
nuplastikk (3289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle courtesy of Brian. Very unique, melon fruit tones with a massive Impy Stout background. Massive flavor, and the hops are really out there, not really making sense, but cool because of that. Almost approaching pepper, soaked in island fruit. Tocacco, chocolate, maybe a touch of vanilla. Pretty cool offering. The aroma is a little odd.
kaser (1008) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night pour into snifter at sheffields. Bubbly brown head. Sweet and candy like taste. Coffee and chocolate of course. Very rich and creamy. Delicious beer. A sipper for sure
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Top Hops. Tasted right after BCBS, BCBCC, BCBSCR. Pour is jet black with a tight, light brown head. Some citrus/grapefruit initially masked by coffee, roasted malts. Aroma is funky and interesting. Pine and citrus overshadowed by molasses, chocolate, fig, cranberry. Reminiscent of the BORIS style. Well executed.
tcane7 (819) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Draft at Kite and Key. Pours black with thin tan head and lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, banana. Not too bitter, chocolate, light roasted malt, band aid and booze.
brystmar (458) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 on tap. Hoppy (Simcoe) stout? Certainly doesn't smell like it. More potatoes than hops in the aroma. Some hop presence on the palate, follows up roasty and again awkwardly hoppy. This really doesn't work, go back to the drawing board guys.
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a dark tan head. Smells of A bit of roasted malt, chocolate, coffe, with mostly piney hops. Tastes of roasted malt, pine, soy sauce, umami, chocolate and light smoke. A lot going on but Iím not sure Iím in love with it.
Leighton (6989) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - another big one from Seth! Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. Dark malt nose with burnt marshmallow and milk chocolate. Big sweet flavor, some dark malts, moderate roast, big alcohol, burnt sugars, some dark fruits, raisins and licorice. Full bodied with average to high, creamy carbonation. A bit of heat on the finish, more dark sugars, decent roast, robust earthy bitterness. Itís fairly hot. Very good, but not outstanding.
thomas15 (521) - USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 Very citrus hoppy dominant, chocolate, licorice, molasses. Kind of nuts. Black with ample brown head that recedes to a brown film. Chocolate, soy sauce and umami, molasses and slight citrus hop. Some smoke. Bitter chocolate.
kimjongill (180) - - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy aroma. Deep black pour with a thick, light brown head. Tastes primarily of malt and chocolate, with a nice hop taste throughout. No unpleasant aftertaste. The hops mix with the stout better than any other hoppy stout Iíve tasted. Much better than Storm King or similar ales. Mouthfeel is a little light, half-way between black ale and a proper stout.