ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed 1/1/2013. Bottle says 11.5%. 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger light tan color with poor retention. Thereís splotchy hints of lacing left down the glass.
S: Hey, someone misplaced catty Simcoe hops in my imperial stout! That green, citrusy aroma is unmistakeable. Underlying roasted malts, tart fruits, and cocoa powder try to balance things out, but thereís something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please donít carry over to the flavor...
T: Itís not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, itís too far in the opposite direction; more on that later. A bit of roasted coffee appears initially, before ending with a lot of bright fruit sweetness and a bit of booze. The finishing hops bring along a significant grapefruit presence - actually, the finish is downright candy like in its sweetness combined with the chocolaty, fruity flavors. Itís just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, itís too sweet at the end of the day - I really need some roasted bitterness here (if not some herbal, piny hop qualities too) to balance out the citrusy/chocolaty nature. A bit of hop harshness appears when the beer warms up, which doesnít balance things any.
M: A bit thinner and more carbonated than I expected from the base of BCBS. The finish is quite sweet and lingering, which kind of kills the drinkability in conjunction with the booze presence. Despite the sweetness, it doesnít feel sturdy or substantial like it should.
O: Not what I was expecting. This comes across like a glorified citrus-and-chocolate dessert liquor instead of an awesomely balanced hoppy RIS; I REALLY wanted more hop and roasted bitterness. All the Simcoe dry-hopping gives it such a weird cloying flavor thatís even a bit unpleasant. Time to cork this bitch up - no way I can drink this in a single sitting. I sampled about 1 oz. from another bottle (also dated 11/19/12) and it tasted exactly the same - thereís far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. Iím still torn on whether itís infected or just not very good, but Iím lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesnít bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.
maneliquor (3409) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split for Nudgerita from Elliotís America trip. I can see why this is rated highly. Typical sweet american stout with that underlying, coating-like vanilla-esqu feel throughout. A nice viscous mouth feel and super dirty chocolate forward stuff. Works well on all levels. Great
madelfonatree (44) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Night Stalker on May 8, 2015
Look - Oily black. Thin tan head. No lacing. Fine bubbles.
Smell - Whiskey. Vanilla. Chocolate.
Taste - Whiskey. Vanilla and chocolate fade to a tootsie roll like taste. Alcohol is there. Tannin finish.
Palate - Thick and creamy. Carbonation doesnít explode.
Overall - It is going to sound blasphemous but it isnít much different than the barrel aged vanilla Dark Lord I had at DLD.
Hoprider (144) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating goes back a while... Didnít bother with appearance but noted that the nose had beautiful sweet licorice, brown sugar and mild coffee roast. Flavour has light dark chocolate and again licorice and hops playing in the background. The mouthfeel is rich and the aftertaste is long with hints of hazelnut, vanilla and some raisin and sweet oak. Loved it.
chinchill (2770) - South Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber shared at 1st Sunday.
Reminiscent of BCS. Highly complex and very rich flavor. Lasting, malty-BBL aftertaste.
Deep dark red-brown body.
mstrcrwly (603) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 yr old bottle dated 12/17/12..jet black with a thin tan head..aroma of coffee,vanilla,licorice,booze..coffee and booze are right up front but not much else..may need a fresher bottle but at 11.7%..should have aged better.
djd07 (5386) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. Pours a cloudy brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast malts, coffee, chocolate, and wood. Medium mouth, sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, light booze finish, very nice.
rood (56) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is old cheese probably due to outdated hop. Taste is sugar, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. The hops in the beer brings in a banana split experience. Body is very smooth. Good one, despite the skunky aroma. thanks berntholer for sharing
jbruner (2854) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a deep brownish black with thin tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big chocolate and roasty vanilla, dying hops. Taste follows, earthy overtones with big chocolate and roast. Wow, pretty nice, want to try it fresh.
Schwarzbart (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Keg. Pours black with a light brown, big, frothy head. Awesome froth totally drapes the glass. Thick, creamy and a sharp hop finish. Heavily roasted black malts, black licorice pipes, sharp earthy hops, caramel, coffee and some cocoa. Yummy.
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solidfunk (4980) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roast and a little booze here. Milk chocolate. Some coffee. Bittersweet finish, but mostly bitter. Black pour without much head or lacing. Big. Faint hops in here. Tap at Meridian pint.