alexsdad06 (3846) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured jet black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso. First taste reveals chocolate, coffee, molasses and malt. this gives way to the oatmeal, some hops, and alcohol. All of these flavors are well balanced and make for an enjoyable beer.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown color. Has a great roasted malt flavor. Hints of oatmeal, chocolate, and some coffee. One of the best stouts I’ve had. Finishes sweet.
LinusStick (2703) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice change of pace from the usual Imperial Stouts. This frog is different. Pour was a dark dark brown with no head. The taste was sweet and full with coffee, espresso and molasses overtones. The mouthfeel was creamy but not too overpowering (typical of an oatmeal stout). Hides the alcohol well. Great sippin’!
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Capone’s. The pour is deep onyx, very little light thru, with tan head. Huge, huge aroma, with roasty malt, chocoff, molasses, cinnamon, some oaky notes. Tastes rich, rather sweet, with a heavy molasses and chocoff flavor, and a definite oaty presence. Rich, dense palate, that gets a tiny bit hot as it warms. Not quite as thick, rich, or complex as the elites, this one is still outstanding. Matt Capone told me that the guy that used to brew Siberian Night brews this stuff, and I noted the similarities.
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Ebbies7. Boris is a merciless asskicker. Never really seen one THIS dark before.
The flavor is plenty roasty with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Also some fruit flavors get introduced, like a fig or something. Its very rustic tasting, I’d say. The mouthfeel and aroma, they’re all top notch. No one rating this beer will disagree I’m sure. You need to try this beer, and I dont think it’ll take long before this small brewery grows tons.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass, Stoutie rating #599 and LastFM #8000 listen: Completely opaque with a small but mostly lasting tan head and good lace. The aroma has a major roasted malt overtone with barley, chocolate, black patent malts in play supported by some prune, espresso, licorice, earthy yeast ester, and a a quick vapour of fresh hops. The taste has an explosion of chocolate fudge at first then the oats add a depthness. A smoky and wood bark character show in midstream. The finish displays a note of the alcohol content and some hop bitterness. The mouth feel is lush but not still, oily and smooth except for the alcohol bite towards the end. A very good Impy from this up and coming brewery. I wish I had more than one bottle. Another road trip is in order methinks.
minch25 (578) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2007 Very thick opaque black pour, medium dark tan head. Salty aroma of soy sauce with oatmeal and dark chocolates. Flavor is first salty - licorice and soy sauce - and this lasts throughout, then dark cocoa sweetness, and roast bitterness slowly builds up as you drink (not as much as I’d like though). Nothing in the flavor is particularly identifiable as hops or oatmeal, though it is bitter. Minute almond and vanilla extract in the finish. Full-bodied. Exceptionally smooth, which i guess is due to the oatmeal; so smooth as to cover up a lot of harsh roastiness and alcohol flavor, though that might get to you by the end of the bottle. Very oily, sticks to your lips and coats your mouth. Not really enough complexity to make this stand out from all the other great ones, especially with the distracting soy sauce notes, but still, another worthy midwest imperial stout from a new Ohio brewery, and I am interested in seeing how this ages.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz Bottle. Dark, opaque black pour with a well sustaining head of foamy tan. Lots of toasted oatmeal in the nose, along with some powdered malt and a bit of brown sugar. Very soft and oatmeally, but not overly roasty - a conservative dose of coffee and mocha powder give the nose just a bit of roasted edginess. The oatmeal was instantly noticeable and powerful in the nose, but showed a bit more restraint in the flavor, mostly coming through in body and texture. Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with a healthy, chewy carbonation. Some sticky chocolate fudge starts out with a chewy texture similar to the center of a truffle. A touch of leathery tannic acidity mingles with the roast coffee, which comes out toward the back end of the palate. A bit of acetonish alcohol flavor starts to reveal itself a bit unpleasantly at the finish too, but is restrained enough to keep from getting overly obnoxious. Thanks for sharing, Dillon!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
# 400 !! 22 oz bomber. Pours a thick black color with a medium brown head. Aroma of rich chocolate malts, cocoa, and coffee beans. Taste of sweet syrupy malts, coffee beans,oatmeal and creamy chocolate. Excellent, but slightly lacking that ooomph that would make this over the top.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black with a nice brown head. Aroma is very malty with semi sweet choco, coffee and sweet hint throughout this brew. Flavor is like a nice huge glass of cold coffee with a choco finish. Alocohol is well hidden as i really didnt detect it at all.