vlan1 (154) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Aroma of bitter roast coffee and the faintest hint of fruit. Taste is roast coffee and stale coffee. Bit of a bitter oxidized flavor as it warms.
JudC (6) - - APR 14, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good coffee stout. Not too strong on the coffee, but nice subtle blend.
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davey101 (619) - 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 (4493) - 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 canít 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 Tysonís 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 (727) - 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 (1449) - 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 Iíve had from Hardywood and so far they havenít disappointed. Not as coffee leaning as say Bellís Java Stout(which I love), which may make it a better choice for some.
Beergeek23322 (2042) - 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 (1312) - 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 (356) - 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 (5878) - 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.