elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours dark brown to black with a good two finger foamy brown head that retains nicely and leaves sheets of lacing behind.
Aroma is primarily some really nice milk chocolate and coffee, dark roasted malts, underlying dark fruits, caramel and bread. Very inviting aroma with great strength.
Flavor follows with more rich chocolate and coffee notes, roasted malts, a little raisins, cherries and other dark fruits, some caramel and bread, a bit of alcohol at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy, oats working nicely here, soft carbonation.
Mmmmm very tasty Imperial Stout, very drinkable due to the lower than average ABV and wonderful flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. Not as intense or thick as others in the style, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
bookman10 (744) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, dark black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, even some leather. Flavor has coffee and chocolate, some licorice, roasted grain. There’s a fairly pronounced alcohol taste in the background. Full mouthfeel with a bitter finish.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 12 ounce bottle in an English pint glass. I could taste why this may deserve the top ranking among foreign stouts, but I was at a loss as to what, exactly, qualifies as a "foreign" stout. According to Randy Mosher, Irish Foreign/Extra Stouts were traditionally sold out of people’s homes, perhaps an old fashioned home brew style, and they eventually caught on as a popular export to colonists in the far reaches of the British Empire, mostly tropical places like the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia Pacific. This was interesting to me, because I normally associate stouts with the Baltic-British trade lines, where I imagine things were usually cold and readily suited for dark, heavy beers. In terms of sweetness, hoppiness, and strength in flavor, foreign stouts sit in between regular stouts and imperials, and according to ratebeer, they’re still one of the most popular luxury beers among locals in former British colony tropical countries. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is the most widely known. Here in the U.S. we don’t see them as much, which is a shame if they can dependably turn out as nicely as Green Flash did in their Double Stout.
This beer was rich, dark black in appearance, slightly liquidy, not extremely viscous, and held a tan layer of residue on top for at least 15 minutes. Aroma was mostly chocolate as well as oats and milky lactose. Tastes included a mild sweetness, lots of chocolate,vanilla and cream (Milk dipped Oreos?) melded with a roasted background character. Palate was smooth due in part to the tame amount of carbonation. The low level of carbonation worked nicely here with all the mellow and dessert flavors. Overall a great beer, although I’ll admit I found it pretty indistinguishable from a well executed traditional stout. With brewers currently pushing the boundaries of various style definitions (several basic stouts have abv’s that could classify them as imperials), I think the subtle differences that allegedly exist between traditional-foreign-imperial are becoming less definitive.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured black with a decent sized beige head. Lots of sugary lacing. Nose is ful of burnt malt, hops, coffee and bourbon. Flavor is bitter chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, some oak and bourbon. Really nice quite hoppy.
bmerz (740) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black with dark tan head. Aroma is lovely roast malts, floral and coffee sweetness, . The flavor is where it shines...slightly lactic, nicely fruity, very bitter but still balanced. It develops nicely with earth, pepper, and coffee. The mouthfeel starts light and silken with lively carbonation and becomes dry and lingers bitter. Hides the alcohol very well. Great stout.
TizzleJizzle (736) - Garland, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose of roasted and toasted malts. Dark opaque black color with a phenomenal tan head and great lacing. Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, with a strong smoke finish. Active carbonation on the palate. Alcohol hiddend well
bozoNZ (734) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely rich big choc/charflavours with a balance malt sharpness and hop bitterness. very drinkable - UCSC Tasting June 12
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour, nice thick head. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee. Same strong, bitter coffee flavors and some nice roasty characteristics on the flavor. Not sticky like some Imp Stouts. Clean, at least for the style, and overall a good stout.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Ribbon of opaque black pour to a building dark tan creamy head with lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Initial flavor of espresso and chocolate followed quickly by anise, vanilla, and a touch of faint smoke. Some caramel rounds out the taste and almost seems to bind the flavors together. Classic West Coast bitter note leads into a long, smooth and flavorful finish. Very silky and inviting texture. A really nice and well-crafted stout. Green Flash is no flash in the pan.
sulawang (728) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours ink jet black, small creamy foamy head, light ringed retention, minor lacing, slow clustered streams. Aromatic coffee on the nose. Ultra satin creamy mouthfeel up front, 7/10-sweetness, roasted coffee, cocoa, bitter chocolate, burnt malts, finishing smooth and lingering bittersweet. Med-high complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, great depth, great drinkability. An excellent stout for a fab price.