TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Impenetrable black. Thick and persistent beige froth. Undesirable nose of grapefruit peels, pine tar, resin, and juniper. Huge notes of mocha chocolate, pen ink, and burnt toffee beneath. Apparent fusel sharpness along with hints of tire rubber and stale coffee grounds, as well. Initially viscous and fudge-laden, yet discordantly acidic and grainy with a nausea-inducing interplay of abrasive char and strident hop resins. Profoundly unrefined hop character displays no nuance or sophistication, whatsoever. Unremitting smoky espresso and silky mocha chocolate manage to outlast the resins and citric peels, though the core remains relatively hollow due to the sour and cottony char. Pointy hops continue to weaken the body as their acids buckle the cheeks. Finishes continually dry and caustic with one dimensional chalky roast colliding with aspirin-like hops. Smoky espresso and burnt toffee linger amid fleeting glimpses of blueberry and pen ink. Does show some promise as the malt has some appealing layers of richness beneath the light huskiness and ashy harshness. And there is a bit of estery allure, as well. But, to be perfectly frank, they have ruined this by relying heavily on copious amounts of Columbus hops and little else. Lovely appearance, though, featuring a voluminous khaki head atop an opaque black body. A kitchen-sink-style stout, thus a total drain pour.
Fin (8704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up at Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent (I think) consumed at Thistledown Farm campsite Friday 11th September 2015 with Baz. Pours black with a light beige head. Wonderfully rich and velvety with chocolate the prominent flavour, it really is hugely cocoa forward but damn good quality addictive cocoa, a little fine sediment mouthfeel. I am amazed that I had not rated this before as I’d had this perhaps a couple of times. Malty with the hops (pine) also now showing, also like the fact that compared to many Impy Stouts this is actually not that strong. Really like this, beer of the weekend. A8 A4 T8 P5 Ov16 4.1
MacBoost (1607) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Huge black pour with an even larger head. Semi sweet with resinous notes. Thick. Brushing and brutal like a creampie gangbang. Thick. Finished bitter on a spiced rye note. Decent enough.
Fashawn (493) - Montesarchio, ITALY - APR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nocciola scura con testa color cappuccino. Aroma di orzo,cioccolata e caffè in bocca orzo tostato,cappuccino e cannella,con sentori di caffè torrefatto che vanno e vengono. Alcol inavvertibile e perfetta bevivilitá.
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Nathan. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong rye and chocolate. Medium mouth, cracker, chocolate, rye, and very dry finish.
Lowenbrau (2763) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. February 2015.
BBD: have to check, but within best before date for sure.
In short: dry roasty ale.
Pours black with little tan head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Roasty, coffe, spicy nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is quite dry, moderate bitter, spicy, some viscous mouthfeel.
ICEatALAMO (1173) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour is black with a full head. The aroma is mild overall, but some chocolate and malts. The taste is a malt bomb. Good chocolate and rye flavors. Some hops in the back end and their bitterness is cut by the malt nicely.
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nilsas (2622) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lukt: Duft av kaffe, bek og krydder.
Utseende: Dyp sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt brunt skum, ring langs kant.
Smak: Smak av kaffe, frukter, bek og krydder.
Hvor: Nydt@Lokal hjemme tasting hos Bryne
Medium: Flaske@650ml, ABV@7,5%, Når@02.01.2015
smith4498 (3322) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with some rye and hops.Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
jeremyh70 (928) - Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost completely black with a very nice and fluffy tan head that sustains well and leaves great lacing. Aroma of rye bread, chocolate and a hint of soy sauce. Taste has an earthy and spicy rye flavor along with a good deal of roast and only a hint of chocolate. Also get black coffee and a bit of soy sauce. Finished dry with some roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is semi silky with a medium/full body and moderate/high carbonation. Great looking beer but the soy in the aroma and taste turned me off somewhat. Also wanted more chocolate in the flavor and was a little over carbonated.
angel77 (1725) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella de 65 cl de el lúpulo, tomada en el momento el 15-11-2014. Color negro intenso con espuma oscura no muy persistente. Aromas maltosos ligeramente ahumados y cacao. Cuerpo medio con 7.5 vol, fácil de beber, algo denso y espumoso. Sabores maltosos y cereales (centeno que le da un carácter rústico al conjunto ) tostados y ahumados ligeramente dulces y con lactosa, con toques buenos de cacao amargo que persiste en boca por un buen rato. Bastante buena, mas o menos densa y con una buena dosis de cacaos amargos, para repetir sin problema.