mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first thing that stands out is the color. Black as tar and exceptionally thick with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Smells of wood and alcohol. The taste starts with hops and bittersweet chocolate, a wallop of hop bitterness, hint of sweet, then a burnt finish. It’s past roasted into burnt, and normally that wouldn’t work, but it really does. A bit of alcohol late in the finish. A lot of RISs I have had feature some sweet currant flavors rather prominently, but this doesn’t. The most surprising taste really is the burnt finish, but I’m digging it.
peteinSD (1428) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you Chris! Darkest brown expresso color in a healthy, thick head. Aroma is pure, concentrated and roasted oat with light, underlying chocolate, and a touch of bitter hops. Smooth and clean feel in the mouth. Taste is ripped roasted malt/oats, a mixture of smooth chocolates (some bitter and some smooth almost vanilla-like), subtle but noticeable raisin/alcohol notes, and a dominant, middle-grade, bitter hop presence through the finish. The raisin/booze notes come out a bit more as it warms but do not take away too much from the dominate roasted malt/oat character. Solid imperial for sure.
craftbeerdesign (2215) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1300. bottle. pours a pitch thick black with a 1 finger tan head. rich chocolate nose with oatmeal, roasted malts and licorice. thick chewy body with chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, dark fruits and big roasted sweet malts. DORIS is a meal in itself. bitter finish with some warmth from the alcohol. The dark fruits come forward throughout the finish with more rich chocolate notes lingering.
after4ever (6513) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Thanks, Mike! Pours black with a dense, creamy, surging burnt tan head. In fact, this head is nearly black--about as black as it’s imaginable beer foam being, anyway. Sticky, stringy lace. Absolutely enormous chocolate nose, rich and burnt and creamy and bittersweet. Very intense. Very present chocolate. Coffee under that. Creamy thick body, almost like chocolate milk. Not quite like a milkshake, but, given the aroma and chocolate flavor, the dense creamy texture immediately calls to mind other chocolatey beverages, and those two come first. Chocolate, roast, coffee, and bits of licorice on the mid-palate. Long bittersweet chocolate finish. Sweet and delicious.
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super viscous, sticks to the glass and is a very dark black color with a small tan head. Strong chocolate and coffee notes start it off with a prune, alcohol and a strong roasted malt presence following. Flavor starts off with a strong coffee kick followed by a prune and dark roasted malt which transitions to a molasses and mild dark chocolate finish. Very dense with an oily thickness but with the low carbonation it makes it very smooth. Overall a great hefty brew with lots of roasted malt character. Good brew.
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 29, 2011. Courtesy of a trade with Pantanap almost a year ago. Thanks! Black color with a thin head. Aroma of dry, chalky chocolate. Appropriate as that is the dominant taste. Very dry. Light roasted barley note. Fairly thin. Honestly, just did not pick up much flavor at all. Seemed like a beastly, very uncomplicated session stout.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks badgerben! A nice dark color with minimal head. A solid dry roasted oat aroma. The body is similarly parching, dry as so-lan’s mom. The finish lingers for a while, and verges on a session stout due to the dryness leaving me thirsty for more.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample at the 3rd Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/22/2011: Pours sludgy black with a medium thick brown head that burns away slowly. Patchy lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and hops. Rich body with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. The finish is dry and roasty with a malt aftertaste. Good beer overall.
Daytonbeer (685) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with very small brown head. Little to no lacing. Aroma is powerful. Chocolate, alcohol, soy sauce, and dark roasted malts. Taste will destroy your taste buds. Ultra dark cocao, malts, hops, and coffee. Strong and syrupy. Kind of like drinking hersey’s syrup...and who doesn’t like that.
Bov (10182) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from erzbierschof.ch - pitch black coloured with a poor foam left; roasted aroma with deep notes of black chocolate, notes of soy sauce and a fair hop presence; thick and oily, robust malt backbone, a fair bitterness to meet a robust sweetness; long and solid aftertaste of chocolate, licorice and hops - a heavy and powerful dessert beer