gunnar (6108) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours pitch black with a nice looking 2 inch dark tanned, and nice frothy head. The aroma is top notch, with some lovely milk chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. Taste is rich and full off the same, with coffee and caramel in the front seat. Oily and slick mouthfeel. Smooth and full bodied. Ends dry and bitter, what a lovely brew!
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from 22oz bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours an opaque nearly black with an average tan head that leaves a thin collar. The nose is sweet molasses with roasted malt (I can actually smell the oats), burnt brown sugar, milk chocolate, a hint of coconut, and a bit of alcohol burn. The flavor is super dark oats, dark chocolate, and coffee. The sweetness that I expected from the nose is not quite as strong.The body is full with light carbonation and a very long roasted and chocolate finish.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours thick and very dark brown, opaque, with a medium-sized dark brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee and cocoa, milk chocolate, molasses, raisin, and slight wood. Bitter roasty cocoa flavor, espresso, bitter chocolate, and vanilla. Long, bitter mocha finish. Low/medium carbonation, creamy, rich, and dry. Very nice; rich, smooth, and well-balanced.
ryanhembree (1) - USA - SEP 28, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great color, burnt coffee and toffee highlight up front. The chocolate comes out nicely as it warms up.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. Nice but pretty standard strong stout. Mainly roasted barley with some coffee.
lusikka (6767) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pannuhuone. Rated @ 23.7.2010.
Pours a deep black colour with a frothy creamy head. Moderate malty on the nose with roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Very rich. Heavy flavour which fills the mouth with hoppiness, sweetness, citrus and dark chocolate. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. This would be a nice dessert.
SaintMatty (5768) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Black in colour. Grain, coffee and plain chocolate in the aroma. Roasted taste with coffee, roasted malt and plain chocolate.
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2011 Bottle: Thanks to Milan.
Big brown slow disappearing foamy head.
Color is just black.
Smell a lot of roasted malts, wood, coffee and liquorice.
Taste a deep dark stout: lots of coffee, roasted ingredients/malts, liquorice, whiskeywood, hints of spices and dark fruits.
Bit light and watery at first, but the next second the taste changes for 200% into a deep and dark stout with the complexity of an imperial stout.
A long bitter coffee aftertaste. One of the best stouts out there.
harrisoni (14608) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Black, thick beige head. Sour stout aorma. Good espresso flavour and slightly harsh choc on the swallow. Some sour. But good sweetness too. Bizarre.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2011 Bomber: Pours the darkest and reddest of ruby which can only be seen with bright light under a slowly diminishing fluffy tan head. Huge dark chocolate aroma with brown sugar, dark fruits, and some hay. Starts bitter and ends bitterer with an ending of coffee and sour chocolate. Slick bodied with mellow carbonation.