SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
raisins, malts, sweet apricots, chocolatey-roastey, very wet
oak...lots of smokey oak.
Head at first seems like it’s going to be small, but retains remarkably, small-to-medium celled cocoa-colored head.
Is this my favorite beer ever?
Lots of malty smoothness up front, and the taste of raisins, dates, and sweet apricots wash over your tongue once it’s made it’s way to the back...
It finishes with a hoppy-bitterness, definitely more floral-bitter than citrus.
Aged smokey oak aroma/taste keep coming back.
DedicatedToFun (1553) - SoCal, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at library alehouse, amazing imperial stout, super strong, dark chocolate, yum
SetauketBrewer (7) - New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Gorgeous black pour with dark tan head. Light aroma for such a bold flavored beer. Everything one could want in a stout and then some. Bold coffee and oak mingle together on the tounge with an arid finnish that takes hold and doesn’t let go, until you take another sip. Definitely a winner.
overfiend1976 (4) - Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Let the hopping begin. A stout with a bunch of bitters? Don’t mind if I do, thank you very much. This is, without question, my favorite offering from Great Divide.
kaser (1768) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black thick pour with frothy brown head. Gorgeous pour from local option. Draft. Biscuit, cocoa, dark chocalate, nuts. Massive taste. Tons going on. Finishes bitter super good
fletchfighters (922) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber format from Great Divide
Pours motor oil color. reverse cascading dark leather head. Good body and retention. Good lacing and settles into a thick collar.
Nose is oak, chocolate, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and roasted and charred malts.
Smooth taste even with the bitterness. Vanilla, bitter baking chocolate, chocolate, roasted malts.
Long feel and finish. Very dry oak finish.
One of the best beers on the market.
Nehpets (13) - - DEC 3, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep dark and intoxicating aromas of coffee and leather. A really dark pour. There is an explosion on the palate as this big stout odes over the tastebuds. Starts out with coffee and burnt malt followed by tobacco and earth. I have not had a better unoaked stout to date
gmb5127 (176) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma bitter and roasty. Taste is surprisingly smooth yet not lacking in taste. Amazing beer.
dansac (29) - Loa Angeles, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious stuff; one of my favorite non-barrel aged imperial stouts; right there with Speedway, and maybe even a notch over it. Huge roasted malts, and bitterness, with a delicious creamy mouthfeel that doesn’t get too crazy. Oak comes forth well, and the roasted malts shine through without any rustiness or cloyingness. Surprisingly drinkable and overall delicious.
JHeath99 (303) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours motor pull black with toffee colored head. Aroma of intense coffee and a bit of chocolate. Taste of the aforementioned aroma with a bit of a boozy undertone.
DrunkSanta410 (29) - Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage cellared since September 2012. Poured into a tulip glass, pours thick, syrupy and black. Aroma of wood, coffee and malt. Taste is nice, mellow. Oak comes through with cocoa, spicy malt and finishes with some sweetness. Great, thick mouthfeel. Great beer.