riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose is full of piney hops, citrus notes, bright and hoppy on top of tons of sweet chocolate, black patent malt, dark sugary notes, some alcohol. Love the hops on top of the sugary sweetness. Super interesting. Pours jet black with a dark brown head. Nice looking beer too. Lots of sweet chocolate, black malts, darker fruits show up, dark sugars, some roasted charred notes, and big hop bitterness, Pine, floral and citrus hops. The hops battle the sugars in the finish and create an incredibly balanced 11 percent beer. Big viscous body, smooth and full with some noticeable alcohol notes.
Darkover (1527) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black with a small frothy brown head. Aroma of piney hops and chocolate malts. Taste of medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, long warming finish, .
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep opaque black body, thin tan head. Strong hoppy, piny nose, with roasted coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Intensely sweet, gummy body, with potent alcohol, roasted malts, finger-sticking cotton candy, and chocolate, a strange concoction that tastes sweeter and as hot as Bourbon County Stout.
Benjiehorn (21) - Chicago, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The dry hopping in this stout is really nice and prevalent! Lots of toffee notes, dark chocolate, and a little bit of dark fruits, i.e. raisins, plums and prunes.
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, smells like an IPA with deep toasty notes and alcohol that curls my nose hair. Some chocolate coming through. Boom! Citrus and pine on the front end big time. Middle is chocolate, coffee and bitter hops. Almost astringent and grassy. Finishes with roast, licorice, coffee and chocolate. Bitterness lingers. I feel like this beer needs time but with all the dry hopping the impression is drink it now! I agree *whoo* ...drink it now and save another.
decaturstevo (5410) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour tihe hints of red. Tan head and lace. Chocolate and light coffee. Chocoffee and sweet roasted malt. Medium bodied with good carbonation. a very nice beer.
markas101 (1988) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Jet black, thin rim of head around the edge of the glass. Aroma of hops that reaches a foot from the glass. Closer olfactory inspection reveals a bright resin aroma with some seashell in the background. Velvety in the mouth, some firewood on the first sip with a creeping smoke and alcohol finish. Intense.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Gary brought me this from Naperville. Gary is a really good friend. Pours black with a medium brown head. Hoppier and less sweet than Bourbon county. Very close to my ideal. Wow!
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black, small tan head, lacy. mild malt nose. boozy flavor with chocolate notes, much better than the nose suggests. medium bodied, clean finish. the booze makes it special.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, bottled on 03/06/10, thanks to Odeed for the bottle! Big thick deep brown with a 1/2 finger tan head, decent retention. Aroma wasn’t quite what I expected. Licorice, roasted malt and light chocolate up front with lots of citrus and pinapple hops, as well as some cherry Luden’s and raisins. Flavor has some concentrated raisin juice and licorice again, though still has a ton of the pineapple citrus hops that had just a little underlying pine. I almost think I get some apricot as well. Did finish lightly burnt and smoky with bitterness peaking at a 3. Big full syrupy body with light carbonation. I was actually hoping for more with this beer, but it got a little sweet and reminded me of Batch 9000--apparently with BCS the barrel does a great job making this beer drier. That said, much more interesting than Bells 9000.