Lukaduke (1466) - 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 !
harrymel (419) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled: 19NOV12, reviewed 18DEC12
This is the freshest I’ve had this beer, and it’s not a good thing. latest score based on latest bottle.... Pours black with a finger of nice mocha foam. Smells, like it’s got sage, fruity pebbles, molasses and more sage and burnt rosemary (scorched). Nose is aberrant and sufferable. Taste is mostly dark malts, molasses, licorice, and bitter hops with some grapefruit. Medium bodied with moderated carb and a dry finish. This beer has waaay too many hops and is really dreadful right now.
on 14JUL11 - 3/3.5/4/4/4 - 3.85
Side by side of 2010 and 2011
2011: Pours a black ale with a transient mocha head which is less than a finger. This falls to nada leaving a slate surface. (3)
2010: Pours black ale with a single finger of mocha head which falls to a solid sheet of the same. No lacing. Clarity difficult to assess. (3)
2011: Smells hot, alcoholic. Hops are strong and resinous. Hints of roasty malts and a small molasses tone underneath. Man, I can’t believe this has so many hops. Reminds me of Black Flag by Beer Valley. Lots of hops. (3.5)
2010: Alcohol is strong here. There are plenty of graham, malt, toasty tones with some prunes. A little bit of pepper on the nose. (3.5)
2011: Wow, the molasses is super strong on this. Plenty sweet with good hop presence, accented by some alcohol. The sweetness has some high quality quad tones to it: dark stone fruits, molasses, graham. (4)
2010: Rich and sweet. Molasses comes through even more than in the 2011. Graham crackers, brown sugar, licorice. This is super sweet. Not as sweet as Dark Lord, but sweet nonetheless. This would be great in the dead of winter. (4)
2011: Thick and chunky. Low carb. Long syrupy finish. (4)
2010: Viscous. Smooth with low carb. The finish is softly dry with a long velvet finish. (4.5)
2011: Good beer, wish the nose was a little more in line with the flavor profile. The alcohol seems a bit strong as well. (3.5)
2010: This is much better with a year on it. The alcohol has died down a bit and offered up a nice beer. (4)
Serving type: bottle
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Uncle Mike’s Highway, 2010 or 2009 version. Dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, peated malt, chocolate, oak and alcohol. Taste is rather earthy with chocolate, peated malts, smoke, booze, oak, mild citrus, licorice, faint vanilla and some soy sauce as its warms. Rather nice beer.
rocbyter (1830) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong robust malt aroma with sweet wood notes. Black color with a medium dark brown head. Moderate malt beginning with a sweet middle getting bitter in the finish.
TBone (11161) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught@RNH. Dark opaque black color, tiny brownish head. Aroma has coffee, wood and alcohol. Medium bodied. Lots of dark malts, rye bread, wood, and punch of alcohol. Sticky. It feels like aged in oak. Quite simple although somewhat tasty.
jdb288 (124) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Loses points in the side by side comparison with GI Big John, which features chocolate and more robust coffee flavors in my opinion. Still, this is not bad. Not my favorite from GI though. Malt, roasted flavors are muted and thinner here.
Handypaul (94) - - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a dense brown head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is thick roasted malt, umami and molasses. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, soft carbonation and oily texture. Long sticky thick roasted malt finish, dark chocolate bitterness mixed with fairly well hidden alcohol. Serious stuff!
fishonmyplane (275) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Described as a very hoppy imperial stout - although I have to agree with a lot of the other reviewers in saying that the flavor is a bit different than expected. There is some "funk" in there. Not a Belgian wild yeast funk, more of the funk that you would get in a questionable Ukrainian or Russian pilsner. But here it works and adds to the complexity of the brew. It’s an imperial stout that hides its ABV pretty well, with some funk, and medium bitterness.
wisdomsolo (155) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this at a tasting and its was middle of the road and mostly forgettable.
fluffy (1048) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
hate to say it, but id take the BCS over this any day. there was an odd odor to it that i couldnt put my finger on, and the taste was ok but not nearly as enthralling as i thought. good not great.
Lognar (33) - - SEP 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had it twice: 1st time on tap at Tommy Nevin’s Frankfort on 3/2/13 and the 2nd time on 3/28/13 from a bomber (bottled 11/19/12 #1321).
Pour - Dark, oily, and pitch black with very little head.
Nose - Dark fruits, bitter hops, orange peel, and a bit of roast. Almost like a chocolate covered orange. There is that umami soy saucy savory flavor too, like in Stone RIS or Weyerbacher Old Heathen. It’s rich, savory, and roasty.
Taste - The umami flavor is here too, coming through with a savory, rich, roasty, soy sauciness. The taste is odd but I like it a lot. Lots of hop bitterness on top of a subtle roastyness. Along with the hops is a bit of citrus that is like orange peel mixed with a cherry sweetness. Tons of overlapping complexity and notes of both bitter and sweet. I can see why people say it’s infected, but I really do not think it is. There is this bitter, sour, funky quality to it, but it is enjoyable. It would be a shock though if you weren’t expecting it.
Mouth - Oily and on the thick side of medium. Definitely fits this brew.
Overall- I really enjoyed this brew. It was very different and unique, and it was put together well. It did not taste wrong or infected to me. I think the dry hopping mixed with the roasted flavors of the base stout creates both that soy sauciness and the funky/sour notes. I have had this twice, once on tap and once from a bomber, and it tasted the same - actually more complex and balanced from the bottle.