gkeh (433) - Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 I have to re-rate this, as I was nearly drunk when I rated it initially. Also my palate has gotten better since December. Wow. Incredible aroma... nice roasted, chocolate malts, burnt oats, and a very strong hop presence. Inky black with a nice light brown head. ETOH lacing present. The taste is in your face big malts and hops, some vanilla extract, and as it warmed and I got closer to the bottom of the glass, etoh and sweet caramel. Rather dry finish. Not for the faint of heart, but a great stout.
libertine (407) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a lasting Brown head. Aroma is earthy. Dark malt. Smokey. Dark cocoa. Tabacco. Burnt sugar. Flavor starts off slightly sweet and then the hop bitterness hits you on the back. Notes of tobacco, chocolate, caramel and smoke. Creamy texture. Finish is dry. Solid.
tekstr1der (373) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour for sure with small mocha top. Aroma is great roast malt. The big stouts always have a hop character that I canít really detect - similar to my favorite - ten fidy. Flavor is deliciously roasted goodness. Slightly sweet and maybe a hint of smoke. While there are a few delicious choc or coffee imperials, straight-up stout is the bomb. Iíll put this in my top 3 with Stone RIS and Ten Fidy.
bulldogops (2250) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating #2182 - 2015.11.17 - Bottle from BevMo. Black as a Himalayan sunset with a weak tan head that caps nicely. Aroma is heavy roast malt and dark roast coffee, molasses. Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, pronounced sweetness, well bittered. One for the tabloids.
crispaire (47) - - SEP 14, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich aroma full of malt, stone fruit, and dark roast coffee. Flavor is rich, velvety, and has distinct notes of prunes. Pours a pitch black with a great espresso-brown fluffy head. Palate is one of creamy, long, fullness.
NORSAND (74) - LillestrÝm, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
* Pitch black colour with a modest but lasting espresso coloured head.
* Nose: Dark roasted coffee beans, strong French coffee, dark cocoa, liquid dark chocolate, cocoa beans, something savoury and "meaty" like sweet and spicy chili can carne.
* Taste & palate: Creamy and soft arrival almost velvety.
Then the coffee and dark chocolates notes take over, although still in a very creamy way. The mid taste is all velvety, rounded chocolate beans and cocoa beans. Carbonation? Sure. Plenty. Somewhere. Itís just that itís so integrated with the richness and fullness of body that itís easy to overlook. Which tells me that this beer is very well made.
The finish is long, with round coffee and very dark chocolate notes and only at the end of the aftertaste sits a slightly burnt bitterness with perhaps the slightest hint of pine. Perhaps. This supposedly holds 75 IBU but there is obviously so much rich malt stuffed into this beer that the hops has almost drowned.
* This is a very rich, soft, velvety and full bodied beer without being sweet in any way. Itís very good and the nose and the appearance are both close to perfection!
Gonzin (182) - ARGENTINA - SEP 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probada en botella de 12 oz adquirid en Whole Foods Tribeca. New York, septiembre de 2016. 7/10
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wischylini (256) - Grimstad, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance Pours pitch black, with a small brown head that fades quickly, some lacing.
Aroma Dark and bitter chocolate, liquorice, bread, caramel, molasses
Taste Semi-sweet, and very bitter
Palate Full body, very low carbonation, long aftertaste of liquorice
Villyzzz (56) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 7, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2016 Bottle at home. Pours oily black with a decent light brown head. Aroma is coffee, malty and a bit hoppy. Taste has strong malt and hops. Bitter coffee, licorice and some caramel. Aftertaste has even more hops. Mouthfeel is fullbodied and oily. Really powerful and great beer.
ElManana (1893) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, aquired in a trade, long time ago. Chocolate, pretty bitter which adds to the full body, caramel and some toast. Pretty nice.
ehaak26 (84) - - AUG 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma includes caramel and lots of roasted malt. Has a nice bitter hop finish that elevates the beer.