msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Binny’s Buffalo Grove. Pours near black with nice tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of a hop note. Flavors of burnt malts, bitter hops, and dark chocolate. Finishes bitter and dry. Nice stout.
peteinSD (1446) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
4-pack from Trader Joe’s ($7!). Pours black with a thick and frothy dark tan head that laces its way down the sides of the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, light bitter coffee, and oats through the finish - slightly thin aroma. Even, semi-creamy feel in the mouth with a heavy roasted malt.chocolate flavor up front followed by chocolate bitterness with light bitter hops that winds into a relatively dry finish. Great overall stout (more like a light imperial to me) that is of extremely high quality for the price.
mansquito (4843) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Whole Foods, P st, DC 4-pack ($11): Pours a black color with a brownish head. Aroma is of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, and some tree. Taste starts out smooth, but then hits into some bitterness, which sustains throughout and into the aftertaste. Considering the high alcohol content, it drinks pretty smooth, but as it warms up there are certainly notes of some booze up in there. Overall, this is robust, but palatable. Strong, but in a sense subdued. Having had the Green Flash hops bombs, I thought this would be way more intense, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a more ’measured’ and subdued beer (ignore the 8.8).
reebtogi (5347) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650mL bottle poured a dark brown color with robust beige head that left some nice lacing behind. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is malty sweet with chocolate notes and mild hoppy bitterness to finish things off. This is a great tasting beer that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - OCT 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is medium roasted malt, oak, hazel, weak wood, dry notes, very late and very weak soap, feel is mediumbroad, carb is medium, taste is sweet licorice, sweet malt, some tobacco, later earth and weak greens
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great stout. Nice roasty, coffee flavors. Nice malty sweetness, and a gorgeous syrupy sweet aftertaste on your lips/tongue.
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... dark brown with a medium tan head, not much retention but thick with spotty lace... the nose is a bit light but solid, raisins, chocolate a bit of smoke... tastes great, super impressive non ba stout, tons of flavor and super balanced
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours extremely dark brown, almost completely black, with a lasting dense tan head. Aroma is rather restrained but appealing with hints of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, smoke and dark fruit. Flavour is bolder and roastier with notes of oak, tar, dark chocolate, smoke and vanilla. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation and a long roasty finish. Well crafted, complex and very easy to drink, this stout isn’t as rich and sweet as a lot of Imperials but it still has plenty going on .
hypn0toad (267) - Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
this the best looking beer that I’ve ever seen. I held it up to the light and could not see through it at all. While it only smelled like a single stout, which concerned me, the taste clearly was that of two stoust. this beer is great!
Beaver (1588) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet grainy chocolate malts, licorice and some lactose and roast. Weird floral notes come out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet plasticky lactic chocolate with black licorice and a big roasted char bitter finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation and a bit oily.
Overall, it just doesn’t work for me. The more I sip, the less I like it. It has too many off notes for me - plastic and too much oily char that makes the black licorice unpleasant as well.