portableparty (1956) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours brown black with a quick little foamy khaki tan head that fades to a spotty film and little lacing. Aroma is bitter citrus bread and chocolate and light coffee bean. Taste is bitter citrus hops and bakers chocolate with soy bread and subtle coffee notes. palate is full slick and drying. This really brings me to thinking black IPA!
Tmoney99 (11084) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average brown head that mostly lasting with sticky legs and excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet chocolate, rye and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a good smooth brew that exceeded my expecations.
Narnad (1472) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep oily black with a tall creamy, tan head. Aroma has a good dose of chocolate with some nice spicy presence. Hops is definitely noted and lends a light citrus note with some mild pine presence late in the nose. Flavor of this beer is fantastic! Strong rye notes hits first with a very smooth, even dark chocolate flavor slowly taking over. The malt provides a solid bitter, burnt flavor that hops works extremely well in combination. The hops lend a light citrus and piney presence early but taper off to a light earthy presence that works well with they rye spiciness. Body is modest/dense in feeling with very fine carbonation and a light dryness too it. Overall a fantastic brew. The rye spice and chocolate work extremely well in the beer and the hops only add the extremely enjoyable experience. Wish I could of had this one fresh off the tap.
drowland (6164) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/5/13. 22oz bottle from Binny?s in Bolingbrook. Rich black pour with a nice tan head that laces well. Bold dank hop aroma with some citrus, spice, and coffee. Creamy chocolate entry with a bitter hop kick, rye bread, and lingering coffee. Nice!
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 Pours black with a half finger length of a reddish mocha color that disispates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Smells is an excellent mix of hops and stout qualities. Get the floral, little bit of grapefruit or cherry, and a little pine from the hops. At the same time, get lots of roasted qualities, dark chocolate, maybe a little coffee, vanilla, little rye from the stout side of it. Smells like an interesting berry chocolate smell overall. Taste starts with a lot of hop qualities. Get the floral, a lot of grapefruit, some kind of berry. Also get some roastiness, but not too much. Then the middle, get a nice dose of carmel or toffee, as well as some milk chocolate and some spicy rye. The hop qualities stay around, but a very creamy texture comes about. I’m guessing some oatmeal added to its creaminess and smoothness. Finish is very complex with some berry and grapefruit, dryness from the hops, as well as some roasted coffee and chocolate, perhaps some vanilla. Get a good amount of sweetness from the carmel or brown sugar flavors. A little spicy rye as well. A high medium body with a great creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. This is an extremely interesting beer that mixes an IPA with a stout beautifully in my opinion. Well done.
Atom (1442) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a dark brown/black with some tan bubbles for a head. Aroma of pine and slight citrus, with rye, and chocolate malt push up. Taste has lots of piney hops up front with some citrus into rye spice and then roasted and chocolate malts, finishing with a spicy bitterness. The hops really stand out like a Black IPA, and would be good as one, all around a very decent brew but just doesn’t stand out as an amazing Imp Stout.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not great. The combination of aggressive hopping, rye spiciness, and reasonably high attenuation leaves this a bit abrasive to my tastes. Reminds me of gin and baker’s chocolate in a cocktail.
jhp40219 (319) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a large tan head and thick lacing. Aroma of fresh hops, rye, roasted malts and chocolate. The rye and roasted malts come through strong in the taste with a great hop bitterness backing it. Reminds me more of a black IPA in taste. Thick, chewy palate, full body, medium carbonation, long malty finish. Excellent beer! Not so much a chocolate stout though, but a great rye stout!
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours brownish-black with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, malt and rye. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, herbal hops and rye. The finish is roasty with a malt and coffee aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Plainfield. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is heavily hopped and roasted with a solid rye spice and chocolate backing. Leafy pines with some citrus notes and a touch of ash. Flavor is similar. Lots of pines up front with a bit more of a distinct citrus, some rye spice, and a dark chocolate malt backing before lots of roasts come in and the hops pick it up towards the end. FInishes dry, moderately bitter, roasty, piney and citrusy, and somewhat spicy from the rye with some chocolate to balance before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, smooth body and a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Well hopped and roasty with a nice, complimentary rye spice. Dry and somewhat citrusy with a balanced bitterness. Very enjoyable.