hopscotch (9844) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Decent retention. The bold, acrid aroma provides heaps of smoke, charcoal, espresso grounds and tart berries. Medium to full-bodied with ticklish carbonation. Sweet and acidic berries, bitter chocolate and charcoal malt. Burnt, tangy, drying finish.
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in Plantation, FL. This is nice. Very nice actually. No real hint of the pomegranate, just a nice chocolate and coffee scented beer with some of the same flavors on the palate. Pours very dark with a very small head. Good amount of hops. Well done.
Drake (9500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled in the presentation tent at WBF Raleigh. Reddish black color. Medium head. Rich, malty aroma with notes of coffee and tobacco. Chocolate taste with a bit of a sour touch, perhaps from the pomegranate.
hopdog (9391) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black, with brown edges, and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cherries (or is it the pomegranate juice), caramel, and dark berries. Tastes of chocolate, same berriness, caramel, roast, some dark fruits, vanilla, and had a light coffee finish. Alcohol content well hidden.
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oakes bottle, brought from Florida. I liked its smokiness, not the addition of pommegrant juice. Its black with a white head. It has a sour finish.
GT2 (8995) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL thanks to maniac. Clear deep mahogany with tan head. Weak retention. Nose is black olive and marmite with salty black patent black. Like a foreign stout. Taste is carboardy and salty with odd paper and tannins. Sticky sugar.
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Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the HSC Sour Beer Tasting on 06/19/2010: Bottle courtesy of a traveling colleague. The beer is black with a medium thin light beige head that diminishes to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malt and grain along with some chocolate. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate fudge and coffee. Pomegranate is barely detectable. The finish is sweet bready malt with a grain and coffee aftertaste. Better than expected overall.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown-black beer that is loaded with cocoa and chocolate. There is a bit of chocolate syrup, cocoa and a very light earthiness. A touch of tartness and fruit before you start getting even more rich roastiness. An interesting take on the Impy stout style.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Rich dark purplish black colored body, 1/2-1 inch deep fudge brown colored head but it dies quickly and leaves a small film above a purple-tinted top layer. Rich red wine and dry oak in the nose but muddled by a moderately strong lactic note - burnt milk, yeast-heavy plum skins, etc. Surprisingly fruity flavor. Dry, tannic, lactic, rough and astringent. Reminds me of syrah but at the same time it is messy and flabby on the tongue. Imperial stout rating 200.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Sustained roastiness surrounds this strong ale’s inner fruitiness, as dark chocolate and a suave mouthfeel provide many enjoyable sips.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the pitch blackness.
-I would never have said there was any kind of fruit juice added to this, even though there is an obvious fruity slant to it. This fruitiness could just as easily have come from the yeast.
-The roasted malts offer good bitterness.
-The smooth bubbling makes this quite drinkable for its strength.
-Light smoke and coffee notes round out the pleasant malt profile.