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.
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"
onceblind (6379) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2011. Black with a fading beige head. Aroma of big rich malty dark grains, some coffee, some chocolate. Taste was the same, with lots of malty sweetness, a dose of burnt toffee, on a solid full body with pleasant lingering.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle hand bottled by the brewmaster and obtained in a trade with Whaleman. Thanks Dave - Pours black with a short tan head that laces a little on the way down. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some nuts, and a little bit of vanilla. Flavor is quite roasty. Chocolate malts, some nut flavor, coffee, a little molasses. On the palate this has a somewhat watery mouthfeel but is quite a delicious mouthfeel. Oily with not much carbonation. I got no alcohol that I could detect in this one. A very nice stout. I enjoyed it and am happy that I got to try this one!
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.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Canteen as part of Solstice Blackout sampler. Black with scant tan head. Nice aroma. A little booze and wood with the dark chocolate. Seems thin at first. Low roast. More chocolate. Chocolate with fruity edges and finish adding balancing acidity. Pleasant and smooth. And on the nicely dry side.
maltman53 (448) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery, roasty chocolate on the nose, nice malt/hop balance on the palate, a cleansing finish.
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.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled August 2014
A steady pour into my growler produces a dark brown colored head that sits on top of a pitch black beer. The aroma smells of deeply roasted malts, dark cold coffee, burnt whole grain toast, burnt molasses, and as it warms a roasted, concentrated prune like note.
Dry, roasted, burnt, and bitter up front, the beer has some decent body to it without being overly heavy, but due to the burnt character it dries out significantly. The beer has a burnt tartness to it that accentuates a roasted plum like fruitiness, or at least a hint of fruitiness. The dark, roasted malt character thoroughly dominates the flavor profile of this beer; chewy, burnt whole grain toast, slightly acrid / bitter charcoal, burnt chocolate
This is quite a tasty Stout, though it is a bit simplistically focused on the ample roast character.
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.