LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i sampled this at b’s (thanks again whaleman). smells like a barleywine almost. intriguing...very matly and vinegar-y, coffee, chocolate, brazil nuts and walnuts, some roasted peanuts with some bourbon. flavor: very sweet and kinda tangy. chocolate- almost like unsweetened or artificial flavors. acidic and alcoholic, smokey, coffee roasts, yummers. nice creamy mouthfeel and some lipsmacking sweetness. and for some reason i have on my notes under this beer "rising up from the ashes you know we never meant to burn"
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Viscous and oily black body carries a thin, frothy, tan head. Long gone Caribbean plantations flash before my eyes, perhaps a view of a previous life. A small French colony comes into focus. The governor of the island sips a dark coffee on his porch and requests that cream be brought out. He surveys the canefields, mentally calculating the sugar and molasses that will be produced from this harvest. To his delight, morsels of bitter chocolate and toffee arrive with the cream. Intriguingly and powerfully sweet throughout with very low acidity and bitterness. Almost a sweet stout, save for the abv and molasses notes. Robust with a decadently creamy mouthfeel and thankfully minimal carbonation.
12 oz bottle, snifter. Many thanks to Whaleman.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Whaleman for the chance to enjoy this brew.Pours dark mohagany with very little carbonation.Nose is sweet,like a sweet stout.The roasted malts are prominant here but I also get a whiff of chocolate,like I opened a bottle of Hersheys syrup.Taste a little bitter but overall it is mostly roasted malt.A little thin on the taste.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black with some ruby highlights and an off-white creamy head. Good lacing. Nose of caramel, raisins and burnt toast. No coffee. Nice heavy, but soft, body. Very smooth (almost too smooth) flavors of milk chocolate and lightly roasted grains. Sweet oatmeal and maple syrup notes last on the tongue. Almost no hops to be found anywhere in this beer. Very enjoyable. Thought it could use more roasted grains.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Poured black with little head. Soft carbonation. Coffee aroma and light on the chocolate. Thin bodied but still a very quaffable stout. Well done.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from cask and on draught. Black body with brown edges and a foamy tan head. Roasty with some mild bitterness. I was getting mostly notes of coffee early on but then it got very chocolatey as it warmed. This is easily Il Vicino’s best stout to date.