Reynolds314 (2239) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Prohibition Pig. One of the nicest looking beers Ive come across. Pours a viscous black with thick brown head and great head retention. Aroma is coffee, light roasted maltyness, chocolate, and spuce/citrus hoppyness. Flavor is lightly sweet and creamy with nice coffee flavors and pretty assertive hop flavors. Awesome brew.
Ernesto987 (3572) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap straight at the source, delicious coffee flavors, thick foamy dark body and head, this is crushing t
AdamJackson (2385) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Review from notes. Thanks Wally! Gorgeous pour, dense black with hints of sediment, nice frothy head. Nose was pretty great. Very smoky and still some coffee left over. Taste was decent but it’s not what it used to be as far as fresh flavors. No hop bitterness left, lots of coffee, some creamy mouth feel. Heavy bold body.
Updated 2013 Batch enjoyed at home on the day I bought it
Nice dark brown to black. 2 finger decent creamy brown head
Loaded with huge bursting coffee. bursting with chocolate as well.
Nice. very mellow, drinkable and not overpowering. Nice bitterness. roasted walnuts, chocolate and crisp minerally water. bottle conditioning is great. yeah nice beer but not pushing any limits
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared in NH, many thanks to the generous Wallace. Pours rich brown with a large, beige cream head. Nose of strong roasted malts, heavy bourbon, burnt wood. Bold flavor, hefty roast and charred wood, bitter chocolate, some woody dryness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish with pronounced bourbon character, wood, dark and bitter chocolate, rich dark bread, lasting roast. Awesome stuff.
radarsock (885) - Vermont, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8% abv. Thanks to Wally for the share! Smells of booze, liquorice, coconut grease, bitter chocolate and brandy alcohols. Tastes of booze, dark chocolate, fried plums, hops and earthiness
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, served in a HF wine glass.
Clear, very dark brown color with a light, bubbly tan head. Excellent retention and thick lacing. Earthy and roast coffee aroma, with surprising amount of hops and some faint chocolate notes. Flavor is typical of an oatmeal stout, creamy and smooth, with a silky body, and a strong chocolate and malt body throughout. Minimal bitterness, but strong fresh coffee flavor throughout. Much more robust and enjoyable experience than the BA version of Earl.
PhillyCraft (3138) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capones. Pitch black pour, small head and medium lacing. Verry peppery, jolly pump tasting, oaky brett, cocoa powders, some stone fruit at the close. Great roasty beer that still managed to keep the fruit flavors alive. Cheers.
orangesol (678) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on-tap at Capone’s into a sampler glass.
A - Pours jet black with a light one finger head, dissipating to small patches of head, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.
S - Lots of dark flavors in this one. Coffee, milk chocolate, and plenty of dark malt blend well. Some oatmeal and a bit of caramel sweetness creeps in as it begins to come to room temp. Good balance but nothing mind blowing.
T - A bit thin on entry. Quite a bit of dark smokiness up front giving way quickly to a mix of dark roasted coffee and chocolatey sweetness. Oatmeal adds a bit of chewiness and seems to help bring the body back up a bit. Finish is a huge blast of dark roast that lingers for some time. I liked how balanced all the flavors where.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is neither thin nor overly creamy, good balance again. Finish is a bit too roasty for my liking.
D - Pretty high. I wish more brewery could brew a well balanced stout like this one. I liked it quite a bit but it was just good not great. I would definitely drink it again.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big coffee and cream aroma which carries through nicely to the flavor. I did not find it light on the palate at all. Yet another masterpiece from Mr. Hill.
boFNjackson (4107) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured dark, near pitch black with a thin, light tan head. Nice, full body. Dark molasses, coffee, and mocha chocolate with some anise spice, roasted and charred malts, and mild hop earthiness.