davey101 (606) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. 2014 vintage. Pours a pitch black with three fingers of mocha foam. Nose is sweet and bitter coffee and roasted malts. Taste is rich coffee with a bit too much bitterness on the end. Roasty and smooth with dry chocolate. Creamy mouth feel. Overall this is a really solid beer.
jgb9348 (4440) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a large, microfoamed light brown head, about three centimetres tall. All with virtually no light getting through at an angle - about 99% opaque - I can’t imagine this looking any better. Aroma of earth, hops, alcohol, prunes, metal, vanilla, medicine and a hint of coffee - not much though. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep assertive roasted malt at first with a noticeable hit of bourbon and oak with some nice sugars behind and showing some depth, all with a bit of coffee bitterness at the end. Aftertaste shows a silky malt, some rich coffee flavours and a lot of still pungent sweetness which dominates the finish, along with alcohol. Overall, a beer that is still working out and I wish I left it for another year, but this makes me feel good about aging their other beers. A good beer for sure with a nice profile and great complexity - very nice to sample! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tyson’s Corner (Falls Church), Virginia on 28-January-2014 for US$9.99 sampled at home in Washington on a day of more snow, 03-March-2014.
devman171 (689) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is fruity roasted coffee and roast. Taste is similar with a medium light roasted body finish
jcos (1414) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave and Harris on 2/07/2014.
Appearance: Pour s a dark brown black.
Aroma: Aroma mostly of coffee.
Taste: Coffee, faint chocolate.
Palate:Medium body, light coffee aftertaste.
Summary: I enjoyed this one, second stout I’ve had from Hardywood and so far they haven’t disappointed. Not as coffee leaning as say Bell’s Java Stout(which I love), which may make it a better choice for some.
Beergeek23322 (1955) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/21/2014. 750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Black with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with chocolate and coffee. The coffee flavors are a bit muted for my taste, and the mouthfeel a tad thin, but overall a nice stout that I would drink again.
DCLawyer (1299) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml->snifter. Black with moderate tan head. A: coffee, roasted malt, molasses, licorice. T: coffee, roasted malt, molasses. Tad thin and watery. Lingering bitter finish. Eh.
gendv138 (254) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle (2014) poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown/black with brown hues with 1/2 to 1 finger tan head. Coffee with chocolate and light berries in the aroma. Notes of coffee, roast, milk/dark chocolate, and light berries in the taste. Body is a bit light for a Russian Imperial Stout.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from RABinVA- thanks, RAB! Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small dark tan head. Lots of sweet, chocolaty notes- brownie, cake, chocolate syrup, fudge- coffee, earth, and tobacco. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet, chewy mouthfeel that finishes roasty. Moderate carbonation. The sweetness is more forward than the coffee. Good, but a little disappointing.
jkwood04 (3264) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some light chocolate, some dough, and light bitterness. Flavor the same but a little light on the components. Smooth texture. A decent imperial stout but a little too light on the flavors.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black bodied with a medium, dense tan head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, coffee notes, dark chocolate and hints of booze. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, burnt caramel, dark fruit and hints of booze. Body is medium-full and sticky with a strong, dense carbonation. Finishes with more strong roasted maltiness, abundant coffee notes, dark chocolate, booze and burnt caramel.