SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black. Small, creamy, dark tan head never dissipates. Aroma is roasted grains, some tangy wheat, bittersweet dark chocolate, subtle vanilla, and a light dose of old wet wood. Flavor is similar with even more roasted bitterness, some coffee grounds, resinous hops, marshmallow, and zero old wood. Finishes with hops, roast, and wheat. Full body is smooth, creamy, and lightly resinous. Nice change of pace for the style, excellent brew.
vyvvy (5010) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with a nice dirty brown head. The aroma has creamy chocolate, roasted malt, underlying nectar fruits and lots of cream. Medium body with some sharpness and minor prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with sharp bitterness and heavily roasted dark chocolate - more sharp than smooth. The finish is very sharp and bitter. As it warms up it tends to get more tinny as well.
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 75. Black with rocky, tan (almost brown) head. Good lacing. Sweet aroma with a hint of roastiness. Some raisins. Taste is moderate roasted malt. Bitterness. Good mouth feel. More of a strong porter. Not strong enough to be an imperial stout. Good, though.
Laegraid (37) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at Internasjonalen 24. Nov -07. A pitch black beer with lots of brown head. Had the aroma of red berries, wheat and something burnt. Very promising. Its finely blended with some sweetens, but also some bitterness from the roast. Very integrated alcohol
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 73, Brewed April 2007; Sampled November 2007
Very well carbonated, and as I pour it the aroma makes me think of Brettanomyces. The head is somewhat large bubbled in consistency, initially four-fingers thick and even flows over the rim of my glass a bit; it is a light brown color and is quite long lasting. The beer is almost black in color and is quit opaque. Aromas of dark malt, toasted grain, toasted bread crust, coffee, ample chocolate and perhaps a bit of traditional, sharp wheat aromatics are noticeable underneath all of dark, roast character. Once I get into it, the aroma is not nearly as funky as I thought it would be (at least from those initial Brett infused overtones); it is still here though, much more subtle, but with a distinct vinous character as well as some aromas of tart fruit. This mostly smells like a roasty stout, a touch of tartness and grain character that could be attributed to the wheat as well as a touch of funkiness.
Much more funky in the flavor than the aroma ended up being, though it is still somewhat subtle, or at least I could see how it could be missed given all of the roast grain flavors that are here. Fairly light bodied (definitely lightened by the Brett / funk), though it does retain a soft creaminess, that is able to show through the ample carbonation. A few quick swirls of my glass frees up some of the excess carbonation and softens the beer a bit more. The beer in the near finish has a light tartness to it that is contributed by burnt grain, the wheat and most likely some of the funk. This tartness is superseded in the finish though by a sharp, lingering, burnt bitterness. Funky notes of moldy cotton and musty wood also linger in the finish. Really though the roast grain is what dominates the flavor profile here; flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, chalky roast grain husks, well toasted whole wheat crust and sour / bitter espresso. This has some fruitiness to it as well, of course the fruit tastes like it has been well burnt underneath a broiler, but it does evoke taste memories of burnt prunes, roasted figs and perhaps a touch of raisin.
As the beer warms, the funk begins to pick up a sharpness, almost a harshness that can at times muck the finish up a bit. Still this is a pretty good brew. I’ll have to see if I can get a fresher example of this brew to see what that is like (though for a beer of this type, seven months should be nothing).
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma was fruity with a strong estery presence through the huge brown head. As the head fell the aroma became chocolate and a bit of roast with a dark cherry presence. Caramel also shined through, but more lurked beneath the head, mainly some wheat and more dark chocolate. The beer poured clear and pitch black with a ruby highlight when held to light. The head was brown, large and in charge daring you to end up with a head moustache as a reward for your consumption efforts. The flavor was malty with a nice chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel presence and a bit of espresso roast. The flavor was estery and fruity with a tropical fruit note of mango coupled with some citrus. The bittering was moderate and only enough to balance the malt. The finish was dry with cocoa and chocolate lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation level was fairly high. Alcohol was not a factor at any point and did not show it’s ugly face. An interesting take on an RIS, but more of a porter than a stout. 16.9 ounce bottle. Batch number 74 Bottled May 07.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Internasjonalen, Oslo. Huge frothy lasting espresso head. Body is opaque black and well carbonatied. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, sweet licorice, blackcurrant, acidulous apples and grassy hops. Taste is semi-dry dark malts, roast, bitter chocolate, tar, acidic fruitiness and a good amount of bittering hops. Notes of mild spices and salt. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Lingering bitter finish. Yum!
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this was damn freakin awesome. thick rich lots of dark blend coffee, dark chocolate, rich creamy milk chocolate, some oak smoke, marshmellow and cashew flavors. delicious.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 60, courtesy after4ever. Pours opaque black with a thick, dense, light brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, coffee. Creamy full body. Sweet taste of coffee, chocolate. Smoke, tar, resin and licorice in the finish.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 75. Dark ruddy brown color with a tall sturdy malt chocolate colored head. Someone poured some gin in my stout! Scents of juniper dominate, while roasted and toasted malts lay in waiting. Hints of grapefruit, licorice, coffee and scorched wheat mingle about in the background. Interesting but doesn’t lead me to an imperial stout experience. Full feel with just enough light eff to keep it light. Sweet malt start middle is full and bursting with tar, coffee grounds, light smoke, dark chocolate, charred wheat and dark cherries. Enough roasted malts to add some bitterness along with detected lightly pine hops flavors. If you like them roasty this one is for you. The finish is quite dry and the alcohol is now detected by the mild burn in the stomach. This would hold the table with any smoked meat fare.