GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 I have to Trump this one. Batch 74. Dark as the void of space yet yielding an abundant frothy expansion of chocolate color cream akin to the big bang suggestion. This analogy could actually shed light on the BB theory because after the expansion comes the recession and a final resting point of a full, thick bronze colored downy blanket of lace that just sits there. Could the universe recede after a certain point in time ? Anyone ? I know this is beer but many a great idea were spawned from here. I can smell Belgium. Mild aromas of dark fruits and cocoa w/ a twist of Belgian granite. Full nectar w/ perfect carbonation for a memorable creamy texture right off the lips. Nice! I wonder if anyone has gotten drunk in the void of space ? This brew has an extreme roast component that is not soon forgotten. Only mildly sweet w/ flavors of charred coffee bean, bitter dark cocoa, leather, minerals, and no fruit at all. The finish is long like a trip to planet x at light speed and leaves a trail of charred malts to linger forever. Overall: Ok, just as it claims, itís extreme. This has to be one of the most highly roasted brews out there. Refreshingly unsweetened and the alcohol is well hidden. Drinks superb from the fridge to the last drop. I wonder if they used a Champagne yeast strain here. Dark Force totally reminds me of Black Flag. If you like one then you must try the other.
bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Bottle. Aroma of darkly toasted malt, obscenely dark chocolate, and smoke. Opaque brown/black color with a beige/tan head that was respectable, maintained, and laced a little. Medium to full bodied, sharp, creamy carbonation. The flavor is really flavor. Dark toasted burnt malt, chocolate, alcohol, and Iíd say coffee, more espresso. It is bitter. The finish is all over the place. It has bitter, pepper, and a lot of other stuff. It also should be the last beer you drink in the evening. A real palate finisher. It only gets better with each mouthful.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour: dark chocolate black. Head: dark tan, creamy, frothy, thick. Aroma: rich, alcohol, some burnt smell, sweet malt, roast. Flavor: roasty, alcohol, burnt, bitter, rich. Palate: thick in body. Finish: burnt.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I donít think Iíve had a "regular" wheat Stout before, let alone an Imperial one (the 9% U.S. version). The thick brown liquid turns black in the glass, even when held up to sunlight. Itís capped by a thick and sustained cream & cocoa head that laces the glass heavily. Nice aroma of espresso, dark bittersweet chocolate, licorice, wood, and a splash of alcohol. It seems like some roasted barley is added to the flavor along with an almost smokey woodiness, all blended together smoothly and tastefully. Finshes on a mildly dry note. Quite well done.
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reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At GBBF Courtesy of Duff, duly noted as Haandbryggeriet Shane in my notes. Great looking beer, black with a tan head. Nose of dark chocolate, roasted malts and espresso coffee. Taste is much the same with a slightly woody character. Good mouthfeel, although a tad slimey but ultimately another great stout from the Netherlands.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(50cl bottle) Large brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, vinous, some smoke, banana. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, some chocolate, anise, smoke, light cinnamon. Smooth, medium-full body -- alcohol noticeable but not dominant.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from GBBF (I think). Yep, well thatís a black coloured beer then with a thick tan head. Big impy stout aroma. Big bitter choc, espresso coffee, not so much hop as some. Just a bit over carbonated. Lots of choc. Not sure the whole works. A little bit oily, soy sauce. Some charcoal, very intense. Some good hop on end. Good pepper.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, huge medium-dark tan head that refuses to dissipate. Nose is dusty malt, some fruit (raisin), good amounts of bitterness, a hut of cherry, some chalky chocolate. Flavor is dry port, lots of cocoa, some cherry & oak notes. Quite dry dusty cocoa finish. Nice burnt malt bitterness.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has the aroma of a rich coffee porter, with coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Thick and heavy, almost purple in color. Roasted malt flavor with more coffee. Nice palate, sort of English in style with very low carbonation and a light port character, as well as considerable hops. I really liked this.
Guerde (1113) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, thanks Akevitt) Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and slight hops. Strong roasted coffee flavor, that yields to a somewhat bitter finish, and it also has a very thick mouthfeel.