Drake (8322) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Churchkey, 5/23/14. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of rich chocolate, coffee, roast, vanilla, leather, mild hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, mild hops. Medium-full bodied, good balance, low carbonation, slight lingering bitterness. Very nice.
MarkSachon (576) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Pours like tar with all the associated dark flavors of molasses and dark sugar. Some coffee notes and spice. Who would think the Belgians could inspire a stout?
SetauketBrewer (44) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid black pour with a very thin tan head that dissipates very quickly. Deep roasted coffee notes in aroma, little bit of bread underneath. Coffee most prevalent in the sip too, like iced espresso. Slight tang from the Belgian yeast, but its mostly overpowered by the roasted malts. Great mouth feel, slightly thick with nice effervescence across the tongue to break it up
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Big roasted malt and chocolate coffee aroma. Flavor is bitter coffee and roasted malts at the start with a light chocolate middle. Bitter and lingering coffee finish.
jrodooo5 (996) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm, wasn’t expecting an imperial stout based on the label. It’s kind of hit & miss. The initial black pour is incredible but the mocha head fades just a bit too fast. The aroma actually gets better as it warms - quite roasty w/ some excellent coffee notes standing out. The taste is definitely of the imperial variety - chocolate & coffee w/ some nice bitterness in the end. The body is a hair thin for the style but overall this is a nice stout!
KyotoLefty (6316) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hegedorns. Big chocolate nose, spice, licorice, lots of soy sauce umami. Huge malt flavor, chocolate and spice, fruit, soy, orange, grapes. Mellow and smooth. lovely stuff. Great balance of big flavors.
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz - Roasted notes, busy, busy palate, really nice. Hops present, but didn’t overshadow the stout.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours out almost black with a small off white head. Aroma is of roast, chocolate, light molasses, and dry fruit. Taste is complex, chocolate, roast, licorice, light molasses, some dark fruits, light dry yeasty notes on the finish. Tasty one.
solidfunk (3886) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chocolate with good head and lacing. Some vanilla, light roast malt. Black pour with good head and lacing. Texture lightly syrupy, thick. Dry roast bitter finish. Comes together pretty well. Thanks to Travlr for a taste of this at Churchkey.
williamstome (851) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown/black pour. Roasty/creamy aroma, flavor is quite roasty and burnt. Not much there.