AndresTM (368) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 Now, this, I was extremely surprised with. I didn’t know it was an "imperial" stout, and that’s perhaps why I expected something much weaker and overall less bold, but this truly is something. The nose features some really strong roasted notes—almost overpowering the sweet, chocolatey notes that one usually expects of this kind of beer. There is also a milky, powdery oatmeal character on the background that mellows things out a bit. At this point I hadn’t read anything about it being an "imperial" stout, so I was a bit surprised the aroma was so potent, yet the lack of alcohol notes (which *did* become a bit more obvious as the beer warmed up a bit) led me to no conclusion about the abv. The pour is absolutely gorgeous, with a half-inch head that’s colored like chocolate powder. The palate is firm and thick, but not to the point where it would feel syrupy. The taste is very much that of roasted malts—but it is rounded out nicely by the oatmeal backbone. The aftertaste is tarrish, like cigarette ashes and roasted grain, with hops and a touch of sugars. Overall, this is an excellent effort and a beer I’ll be sure to come back to.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An expressive pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is an opaque, near perfect black color. The aroma smells sweet up front with notes of burnt prune, a bright malt sweetness, and something that makes me think of the sweetness in milk. This is backed by a subdued, roasted note that adds some cold coffee like aromatics (some burnt acidity, a touch of acrid dark roast coffee, but a fruity roasted character too) that become more noticeable as my senses adjust to this beer. When you really dig there is a touch of spiciness to the nose that seems to be a combination of the mostly not noticed alcohol and the burnt notes. As the beer warms up a nice, brown bread like, whole grain toasted character comes out in the aroma.
Smooth and somewhat dense feeling as I take my first sip, but this also has a touch of a carbonic prickle to it and the density is balanced by a bitter, lightly acrid roast character that comes to dominate the finish. The roast character lingers on the palate with the flavor of deeply burnt, but still fairly smooth grain. This is sweet tasting, especially up front, which accentuates a burnt fruitiness that reminds me of prunes or perhaps raisins, but really the sweetness just reminds me of sugar; charred sugars for sure, but also notes of burnt caramelized malt and dark chocolate. As my palate adjusts to the beer it gets less sweet, more roasted and with more notes of bitter dark chocolate. There is a firm bitterness here that is from both hops and roast character and there is also a sort of spiciness to the roast grain character in the finish. The roast character also brings a touch of tartness that helps to balance the sweetness.
This beer is definitely hitting the spot right now, significantly roasted, with lots of dark chocolate notes, sweetness and bitterness in balance as well as a richness that is just hitting the spot on this cold December evening in Tucson.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Half pint at Ginger Man in Austin. I drank about half because of the high ABV and it was too early on NYE to over do alcohol. It was very good, though. Very rich and dark with a roasted nose that also had some cocoa. The flavor was roasted with a coffee bitterness but it was quite smooth. The alcohol was well hidden. This was very nicely done.
marcus (7563) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours black with a modest tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a creamy oat and chocolate flavor with a dry bitter finish.
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ginger Man Austin. Black pour with little head, thin lacing. Nose of milk chocolate, some vanilla, and coffee. Taste is chocolate and roasted malts, cocoa and coffee bitter finish. Nice smooth creamy body. Not overly complex, but overall an enjoyable oatmeal stout, nicely done.
reggiedunlop (3451) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a medium mocha head. Aroma is roasty with some burnt notes, dark chocolate, coffee, and subtle smoke. Flavor is roasty with nice dark chocolate and just a faint hint of smoke...a bit of burnt notes. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the finish is very roasty and slightly chocolatey...warming and lingering. I think this is pretty good...seems a bit underated.
crajun (1075) - , Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 re-rate 12/14.....bumped from 3.6.. no malt ball this time just a very good stout - nice to drink something not over done or bbl aged - just a basic stout executed well. ......................................4 pack purchased by buddy and brought back from Houston. been waiting to try this for awhile as this is a fav style.. black pour with beige head. aroma of roasted malts some dark fruits. Nice taste; more complexity as it warmed - have the roasted malts plus the velvet smooth oats slight chocolate and a drying malt ball finish - I don’t like malt balls. will rate again, this rating will probably increase
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Date: November 20, 2010
Source: Tasting, Simpson Satisifier
Appearance: opaque dark brown, bits of lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, light earthy bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Score: ** /4
DoctorB2B (13) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An extra in a trade: In terms of Oatmeal Stouts, this one is big and ballsy. The appearance is beautiful ... pitch black with mocha brown head ... taste is big as well .. surprise! Quite a large hop presence followed by the smooth pillowy texture to be expected by this style. Pleasantly surprised!
orangesol (979) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first Texas beer! Got this one as an extra in a recent trade with jenray. Poured into my NB Globe.
A - Pours pitch black with a small one finger tall tan head leaving minimal lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of rich coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and a touch of booze. Not overly complex yet enjoyable none the less.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roast and coffee grounds that linger throughout the sip. Some chocolatey sweetness creeps in after the roast dies down a touch but it doesn’t stick around for very long. Finish is pretty roasty with a small alcohol burn.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty, feel that clings to the pallet after each sip.
O - Not too bad. It was fairly well balanced and easy to drink. This one really hit the spot on a cold night like tonight.