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. There’s 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 there’s something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please don’t carry over to the flavor...
T: It’s not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, it’s 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. It’s just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, it’s 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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 that’s 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 - there’s far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. I’m still torn on whether it’s infected or just not very good, but I’m lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesn’t bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.
Sarlacc83 (1480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2/19/2010 date.
A: Black in a way which would please Batman. Thin, dying mocha head. Lacing.
N: Vanilla, cocoa, coffee, black peppercorn, rye, earth, milk chocolate, a hint of toffee and caramel. Smoke and almost like a rough tar. Not gross like that, but it seems like the right description somehow. Light oxidation from its 5 years of age.
T: Quite sweet, but not cloying like the latest iterations of Bourbon County Stout. A bit hoppy still.
M: Thick, motor oil body, light carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden.
O: This was the big time, long ago, before In-Bev took over production and turned BCBS into a call for insulin. Only minor oxidation after 5 years, too, which is impressive.
arnold931 (926) - Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a small brown head. Nose is roasted malts and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Great.
TorbenJensen (1295) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It’s thick as oil and hangs in thick lace on the glass inside. Smoke and dried fruits rises from the glass estimates vinous association. The taste is very rich and creamy and is heavy in the mouth. Prunes, grapes, plums and port wine fill for the taste buds with the distinct flavor of smoke and oak.
RasmusOtt (1727) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in line for blåbær. Pours black with a tiny head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and weak vanilla. Taste is roasted and savory with dark dried fruits, chocolate and liquorice.
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in line for Blåbær ’15. Blackish pour with a tiny head. Sweet malts, chocolate, some roast and some vanilla. Fairly bitter.
Klimaet (852) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium light brown head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, coffee, lots of roasted notes, light burned wood, lots of hops, tobacco, licorice and some weird savory thing going on. Seriously reminded me of the way seaweed is salty. Taste is coffee forward, chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, bitter notes, tobacco, same weird savory thing going on. Good but pretty damn weird.
hackobock (2298) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
June 26, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled february 19, 2010, batch #0427.
Received in a trade with rfaga7, thanks!
Black with a small brown head, Aroma is creamy chocolate, molasses, vanilla, licorice, some dried fruits,coffee and slight oxidized port like notes. Taste is sweet with molasses, chocolate, vanilla, with coffee and dried fruits. Finish is bitter, roasted with coffee, chocolate and sweet notes of dried fruits, molasses and port. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
ctipping (365) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottled poured into a snifter. Jet black. No light passes through. Nothing resembling a head except a slight coating of mocha bubbles that quickly fade into a ring around the edge of the glass. The smell is booze primarily. Chocolate comes a close second. Coffee and roasty flavors linger in the background. Chocolate dominates the flavor. Dark fruits in the middle flavor that quickly fade to coffee bitterness. Thick. Coats the mouth. Low carbonation. Delicious.
neepsntatties (1458) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Pavlov Badzewski. Colour...jet black with a thin tan head. Nose...boozy, with molasses, chocolate creme, notes of coffee and burnt marshmallow. Palate...quite viscous, chewy and coating, with massive dark chocolate, Tootsie rolls, unsulfured molasses, Devils food cake and Milky Way Midnight. The finish is long and quite cloying.
maneliquor (3479) - 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 Elliot’s 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