baraciisch (1283) - USA - MAY 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I can’t help but compare this to my favorite double chocolate Stout, Youngs.... Deep black in color... Aroma of roasted malts... Flavor is roasted malts, bitter chocolate, notes of coffee... Overly bitter, more so than I hoped for, not much sweetness, kinda disappointing
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours very dark brown color with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Slightly burnt malt flavor with some chocolate and some bitterness. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Decent. Thanks Craig.
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours typical black with a medium tan head and good retention. Sort of oily. Aroma is roasted malts with mild notes of chocolate, coffee and steel (Irondale?) Flavor is slightly bitter for the sake of being bitter. No benefit in the form of nice hop notes. Metal and roasted malts. Unbalanced and lacking something. Not very good
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bevmo in Greenbrae, CA. Pours black with a medium thin tan head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Medium body that is sort of dry, sort of creamy. Flavors of mocha, grainy malt and a bit of hops. The finish is roasty with a moderately bitter coffee aftertaste. I was expecting something sweeter and more chocolatey but overall this is pretty good.
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt and creamy chocolate. Creamy flavor with milk chocolate and a bitter, roasty coffee finish.
doublebock (487) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unique aroma of creme brulee and rum. Pours dark black with thin tan lace. Upon first sip its quite obvious that this is a high octane stout with notes of star anise, vanilla, and rum . Pleasant espresso grind finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 ounce bottle purchased at BeVmo in Vacaville, CA. Aroma is sweet, with some burnt undertones present as well. Light anise, with subdued chocolate notes, despite the name. An attractive, nearly opaque brown-black body with a fair tan head that is resilient. Leaves good lacing. Starts thin, and relatively acidic. Some roasted barley makes an appearance as well as some bitter dark chocolate later on. Metallic notes are also present towards the finish. Decent roastiness and flavor, just too thin, especially for an 8% beer.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo. Black color/ tan head. Nice dark roast coffee, multi grain bread aromas. Rich, smooth mouth feel. Dark roasted coffee, toasted multi grain bread flavors, nice burnt malt bitterness to finish.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
13-Jan-11 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 19-Dec-10 for $8.99 from BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) This dark beauty pours a clear, dark-brown body with an inch of creamy, dark-beige head that settles to a thin sheen within a minute or two. The delectable aroma of lightly buttered toast wafts from the glass first and foremost, but also sweet chocolate, coffee, cola, ashtray and licorice. On the palate, the moderately sweet flavor reinforces the aromas, offering lots of toast, coffee with milk, oatmeal, ashy roast, cola, and anise. Medium-plus in weight with light-medium carbonation and a dry, slightly chalky mouthfeel. Modest lacing is spotty. Another solid stout from Hermitage, but why is it so expensive? It’s a good beer, but not a good value for a pint-size bottle.
RedSox2004 (1050) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, almost black, with a mocha head that left little lace. Strong aromas of sweet chocolate, dark fruit, and hints of vanilla and coffee. Unimpressive flavors of chocolate, cola, coffee and vanilla. Lots going on, but it just doesn’t fit together. Dry like mashed potato flakes on the palate, little carbonation, and a pleasant chocolate finish that almost saves this.