kaser (1740) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from 22oz bomber. Creamy rich chocolate taste. Coffee and cocoa malty flavor. Very good
demitriustown (1011) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz Bottle: Nice roasted toasted malt aroma, chocolate, and some caramel notes throughout. Appearance is a deep dark black with a thick tan head that sticks around for a while. Taste is really good nice malt front with chocolate notes then toasted nuts, and you can tell that hops are in there too. Palate is medium to high carbonation nice lively mouthfeel, and an aftertaste of roasted malts with a light tinge of hop bitterness. Overall, Really nice stuff. Very well balanced and just plain good. Cheers!
chinchill (1011) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
As one might expect from Green Flash or from a beer called "Double Stout", this is a bold, flavorful and complex ale. While the brewer may be best known for hoppy beers, the hop level here is about perfect, leaving this with some added complexity and great bitter/sweet balance, but otherwise no obvious hoppiness. Massive dark roasted grain taste yet no burnt or other off-flavors.
Great smooth feel from the very full body; near perfect carbonation.
ElDesmadre (1188) - Mikołów, POLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Complex, deep aroma with notes of roast, chocolate, licorice and leather. The taste surpasses even that. Thick, chewy body, a velvety mouthfeel (the oats really work in this one), light sweet and light bitter. Roasted grain, coffee and licorice in the finish. It’s deep yet not too heavy and stays remarkably easy to drink with such a serious flavour. Awesome!
IndianaRed (2035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22Oz bottle pours a jet black with a small but lasting tan head. Big sweet roasty aroma. Carmelized sugars, earthy and dark pitted fruit. Flavor is sweet and soft licorice and prunes. Some dark bitter roast at the end. Very nice
AbbeyRoade (188) - Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Alcohol definitely noticeable- like a alcohol swab, actually. Alcohol odor shines through, too. On the other hand, this black ale does still have a rather pleasant dark chocolate/coffee taste and decently smooth body. Nothing to write home about though.
Finwe (357) - Grankulla, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 fl oz bottle @ Old Port Pub, M/S Silja Symphony. Pours almost opaque with a tan head. Aroma has dark chocolate, grass and pine and caramelised malt as well as oats. Roasted and bitter finish. Everything contributes nicely to the overall impression!
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Burnt woods and charcoal under a dark khaki crema head. Creamy burnt marshmallow head – a solid layer.
Burnt marshmallow and burnt vanilla root – ashen, crunchy, burnt woods. Dryness in the back – burnt hay stacks – rustic. Black roots, black breads. Roasted coffee beans and roasted hazelnuts.
Creamy mouthfeel. Tartness in the middle leads into the back of each swallow. Bitter acridity in the back with more tart leathery tannins. Nicely parching. S’mores – burnt marshmallows and chocolate, twigs, and graham crackers. Vanilla root. Cream and marshmallow along the sides – soft and chewy. Leather and dark stone fruit tannins linger after each swallow. Starts to grow a bit tarry as it warms up.
A delicious stout from Green Flash Brewing from San Diego, California which is thankfully available year-round. Seek this beer out and keep it in your fridge whenever possible. Will pair wonderfully with desserts.
Philym (309) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black with 3 finger thick creamy tan head.
Aroma: Burnt roast malts, vanilla, subtle chocolate, toast and hay.
Taste: Low/medium sourness, medium bitterness and sourness with a little saltiness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture and medium body, average carbonation, lingering astringent bitter/sour roast burnt malty notes with vanilla and chocolate tones.
Comments: Very good and glass lace.
ibrubeer (11) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, opaque color. Not much aroma, but that’s appropriate. Nice, thick mouthfeel and great hearty flavor. Roasted malt.