DTM (747) - Winters, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Monumment in Concord, CA. Smelled of burnt malts and coffee. Full-flavored beer with the taste of lingering roasty malts. One of the best stouts, not imperial, I’ve had.
timfoolery (1067) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
DTM and I picked this one up at Monument in Concord, CA. This was the second of the night to linger on the palate. It had a long flavor, but the smokey end brought out the alcohol and the taste broke down. Good coffee/chocolate flavors at the beginning though.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Black/brown pour. Brown head, long lasting, but no real lacing to speak of. Great aromas. Mocha coffee, burnt malts. Taste is the same strong coffee, slight mocha and a little bit bitter with alcohol in the finish. Very full body. Improves as it warms a little also.
jrob21 (2167) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium brown head that disappears pretty quickly. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate flavors. Faint, underwhelming aroma with a little bit of cocoa in there. Smooth and creamy texture is really nice. The finish is a little bitter with a very faint alcohol tinge in there as well. Ok but not great up against some of the bigger offerings out there.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with a brown head.
Aroma and flavor of burn roasty malts and dark chocolate with a rich roasty finish.
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, nice 3 finger head that falls to a creamy coating on the liquid surface and sides of the glass. Exceptionaly dark. Has a peculiar ( in a good way ) smell of marshmallows, birch, milk chocolate (nestles quick). Taste is very pleasant, creamy chocolate and maltiness lagged by a nice roast and supportive hop bitterness. The whole thing takes a very lazy exit, finally leaving a dry tongue coating hop resiny yumminess. Realllly good stout. The alcohol is not immediately evident, at least try to drink slowly. I think this one is a little underrated.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from southbaydrugs. Delicious. Black with a nice brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with a faint, faint hit of dark dried fruits. Flavor is a chcolatey and espresso. Perfect mouthfeel. Just a wonderful stout.
dchmela (2480) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber courtesy Durhambeer. Pour black with a thick rocky dark tan head. Dark chocolate, cocoa and hints of coffee in the aroma, very nice and balanced. Big bold chocolate malt taste, roasted grains, and nice earthy hops, again, well balanced and big. Everything blends together well and would make a great desert beer.
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle
Sent in a recent trade as a bonus Green Flash products soon appeared on the shelves of Ohio a month later. I won’t complain as this is now going on my list of imperial stouts to revisit when I want to slow down. It reminds me of a toned down version of the Southern Tier Choklat but more accessible and easy on the palate.
Aroma / Appearance - The one finger ash brown head surfed above a black fluid base. Cocoa, coffee, black licorice and peanut butter wrapped in rich dark chocolate truffle formed a dense combination of scents. The tannish lacing was icing on the cake for a picture perfect pour.
Flavor / Palate - Dark chocolate mixed with straight black coffee washed smoothly across the tongue and throat. A lingering malty bitterness was accented by light hints of anise. The dry finish was similar to eating a rich piece of chocolate cake or a very dark truffle. A nice nightcap after a meal this is an ideal dessert beer. I can’t wait to try it again in the future.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bomber. Pours extremely black, nice cocao head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Nice roasty bitterness, slight chocolate in the finish, very good.