barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a opaque jet black hue, with a thin dark caramel head. Smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malt with a little boozy twinge at the end of the nose. The taste is thick and oily. Very viscous. It has a ton of chocolate and roasted malt flavoring with a bit of a vanilla caramel finish. As it gets warmer the booze becomes very prevelant in the taste. Fullbodied mouthfeel and with a dry aftertaste. This is a very nice straight forward Imperial Stout. Thanks to Ryan for the bottle.
UDBeernut (1265) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 botlle pours opaque black capped by a cream colored head. bready and yeasty nose. chocolate, toffee, caramel. creamy body.
harrymel (855) - 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 (1831) - 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 (11359) - 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 (153) - 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 (102) - - 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 (280) - 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 (157) - 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 (1056) - 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.