unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz bottle. Pours very black, dark brown head. Huge and complex aroma. Lots of chocolate malt, a nice roast character, a light touch of coffee bean, topsoil earthiness, distant licorice, burnt nuts, and sweet molasses.
Flavor of dark roasted cereal. Nice and roasted. Burnt grains all on top of a dark fruit ester. Very thick and creamy texture. Heavy bodied. Finishes with a large flavor of cocoa powder, wood hop character bitterness, and an essence of earth, like fresh dirt. If I could make a Stout as good as this, I would have a new profession!
25 DEC 09.
patrick767 (3843) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours black with a two finger tan head. It has a rich chocolate malt aroma. Nice. The flavor is sweet roast malt and dark chocolate with underlying hops bitterness and some coffee notes. This brew is full bodied with some bitterness in the dry finish. Good stuff. Closer to an imperial stout than a regular stout, IMO...
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. This double stout pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away into minimal lacing. For the aroma, all the usual suspects make an appearance with the addition of some light floral hops. Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops. The finish is smooth and slightly bitter.
Good stuff! ~
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Pitch black colour. Lovely roasty malty alco chocolate aroma. Great mouthfeel. The flavour has a very pleasant roasty maltiness, with chocolate, dark fruits and coffee. Roasty malty fionish with chocolate and some coffee. Yum indeed!
jstraw (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Black with big, creamy brown head / Grassy nose of roast barley / Medium to full body, somewhat chewy, with big charred malts and good hop balance on the dry finish / Flavors of cigar box, dark roast coffee, dandelions, lemon, and semisweet chocolate / Outstanding in a hoppy style.
Plovmand (7293) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasty, caramel, vanilla qith a good punch of coffee and chocolate. Rich malty and roasty flavour with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla.
dnstone (2436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Chocolate cake aroma. Chewy-chocolate and roastiness. Smooth and complex. Deep black with excellent head.
Pinball (11740) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
brown, small light brown head.
aroma of roasted stuff, nuts, faint caramel.
flavor is licorice, roasted malts, super well composed, flavorfull. fantastic.
stantheman (825) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 Right up there with the really good stouts. Thick medium brown head. Coffee and chocolate notes that are probably just very well roasted barley. Nice finish. Very pleasant overall.
April 18, 2015 on tap at John B Pub in Coquitlam. Still a great impy stout. I don’t have an Old Rasputin available at the moment for a side by side comparison, but I doubt it is the equal of that venerable brew. Damn good, though!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours through the air dark but picking up deep burgandy highlites. It settles in the glass dark, burgandy covered brown with thick, lacey brown head. Thick gooey nose with tarrish roast, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, cookie dough, chocolate covered orange peel, booze, and with a touch of lactic tang. Powdery mouthfeel leaves a dusty feeling in the mough...flavors are soft, chocolatey like powdered cocoa, with notes of coffee. Bitterness in the finish is strong and the alcohol not exactly completely hidden and certainly warming. The powdery mouthfeel is a little distracting and makes the overall experience feel dirty. The flavors unfortunately don’t mimic the refineness of the nose and feel flimsy and about to fall away...the alcohol is somewhat hot and peppery, There’s also a growing garbage/rotting vegetable taste coming out. I opened the bottle around cellar temps, but im sticking it in the freezer for a few with flavors like that.