TAR (2393) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 Updated from fresh (12 oz.) bottle: Molasses brown. Creamy, tightly packed cinnamon froth slowly disperses. Dried plums, chocolate mousse, cocoa-dusted pound cake, and airy phenols line the clean aroma. Vague whiff of peach, toffee, and roasted malt hulls. Soft carbonation caresses the palate. Fluffy assortment of cleanly extracted malt flavors immediately captivate the palate. Dazzling interplay between lustrous dried-plum acidity and a pillowy medley of chocolate. Well-masked alcohol lightly warms the gullet while cleansing the palate to reveal well-polished notes of roast, caramel, and vanilla-tinged wafery pale malt. Dab of cocoa enriches the dryish roasty bitterness as the pale malts exude briefly to provide counterpoint to the scant residual sweetness. Perceptible hop character never interferes with or detracts from the flavorsome malt core. Yeast enhances the body while evoking thoughts of chocolate taffy and salmiakki as it teams up with the vibrant but wonderfully composed fruitiness. Distant note of char stings the tip of the tongue, yet the beer is not remotely ashy or astringent. Finishes softly and somewhat slippery, with a snug limelike hop bitterness which effortlessly deflects the ensuing splash of fudge cake and black licorice. I would like to see some notes of espresso for added depth and to neutralize some of the candyish sweetness. No denying that this is a great stout, however. Very clean, and fat-bodied but quaffable. I wish more American brewers would incorporate English hops in this style more frequently.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with just a hint of garnet highlights at the edges. Thick, dense, lacy tan head. Aroma of smoke, brown sugar, raisins. Sweet, full silky body and moderate carbonation. More smoke in the taste, all the way through to the end. There are plenty of other notes in the taste: coffee, chocolate, prunes, molasses, with a dash of earth, ash and pine in the finish.
sonicstylee (13) - cayuga, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a suprise this beer was! Bought it at D&L Truckstop, brought it home, chilled it in the freezer for 15 minutes in between ice, cracked it open and voila. Hoppy pleasure in the mix with a dark roasted malt character. A nice full body packed with chocolatey flavor, fruity hop complexity, and some great head. A worthwhile purchase.
jefcon (1280) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown in color with a surprising amount of head. Small bead. Chocolate, almond, and fruit-laced hops. Palate is light and lively -- but has a great amount of substance. Chewy is a good description. Gentle hops and a strong chocolate malted finish. Crisp and bold. Belgian chocolate, apple, raisin, mint, and pit fruit on the flavor. A complex and entirely sociable beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly black, even to the light, with a moderately full, tan, pillowy head which settles after to some time to a fairly small frothy layer leaving some scattered, drippy lace. The nose is a bit faint with fruity ester notes and some lactic notes which overshadow some more interesting notes including earthy walnut, roasted oats, dark chocolate, and hints at expresso. The flavor is more what I was looking for, rich, complex, and solid; lots of earthy walnut notes filter in throughout, bitter chocolate, light English toffee, light molasses, hints at expresso, and roasted oats more towards the finish. Palate is nearly full, soft to lively, chewy, and oily, while being a bit dry. Finishes drying with roasted oats, more expresso coming through, and the bitterness and earthiness of the hops presenting themselves. It’s bold with lots of flavor but lacking the extreme flavors of an imp. Lots of complexity, a very nice palate, and a great balance between sweet and bitter (malt and hops) notes create an interesing brew. Surprisingly mellow in regards to the ABV, and a great, new approach to an American stout. Much more than just a "stout."
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Pours an opaque, obsidian black color with a thick head of fine bubbled tan foam. Rich, malty aromas of chocolate cake, coffee, and roast. Hints of vanilla and toffee malts. A moderate herbal hop note accompanies the rich, malty depth nicely. A mild alcohol presence and light raisin fruity esters noted. Medium-full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a chewy, oily texture. The mouthfeel is incredible, complimenting the roast and chocolate flavors with a perceived lightness akin to light, fluffy chocolate cake. Plenty of body, but not sweet; just layer upon layer of roast and chocolate flavors. Moderately hoppy in the finish, but just enough to balance the heft of the body without upstaging the malts. A pleasant roast and subtle toasted caramel malt sweetness linger in the final smack with some pleasantly warming alcohols. This is an awesome, underhyped American Stout.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark black with 2-finger brown head and great lacing. Great look on this one. Nose is roasty toasty dark patent malt, chocoff, molasses, hazelnut, wheaties dipped in brown sugar. Tastes roasty dark malty, with molasses, chocoff, brown sugar, walnut, and a hefty, rich, complex palate that drips with complexity. The repour showed more cacao and jalapeno oily flavors, making this one akin to a mixture of 50% Bell’s Java and 50% St. Arnold Divine #5. Just outstanding!
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with an oily, mocha head. Smell is of cocoa, burnt/roasted malts, espresso, and some sweetness. Taste is huge cocoa and coffee with a surprisingly present hop bite. Quite good. Medium body and easy drinking.
marcus (5644) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This black ale poured with a thin tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is an intense chocolate malt flavor that is creamy and thick. The finish is roasted coffee. Very tasty.
blutt59 (5917) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, very dark brown pour, smal foamy brown head, roasted malty nose, flavor is very much roast coffee and a hop dry finish