Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Shared this in line at DLD. Big thanks to MarkIntihar for the bottle!! Batch from 2011, bottle # 4/228.
A: Pours a pitch black body with a dark khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to nothing but leaves a sticky body trail around the glass.
S: Sweet creamy malts, oaty flavors and some chocolate with a little bit of roast.
T: Bitter bakers chocolate, toasted oat malts, some pale malts in the finish and a light coffee flavor.
M: Medium to full bodied,medium carbonation and roasty malt finish.
O: This was sadly a little ho-hum for me. It was good, but I expected some bolder flavors for an RIS, particular the dark fruit flavors or more coffee that I find so often.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-02-2012
illidurit (2157) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Black with a brown head. Some weird stuff going on here that is unexplained by the list of ingredients. Iím getting lots of berries, especially strawberry ice cream, with a substantial tartness. Aside from that thereís lots of espresso and bread and chocolate. Kinda boozy too.
yespr (31470) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet, dark roasted, chocolate. Bitter, light sourness. Coffee herbal. Smooth. Dark roasted malty and light alcohol presence into the finish.
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black colour, red hue, small tan head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, earth and overripe fruit. Rather sweet flavour, light sour note, red fruit, slightly tart, chocolate, somewhat saline, soy sauce and red wine. Finish saline, soy sauce and red fruits.
(From 66 cL bottle @ ZZT IV. Courtesy of Countbeer and Milan. Thanks!)
Countbeer (4539) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ZZT IV:
Small and quick disappearing brown head on top of a black colored beer.
Smellis a strange mix of iron, vinous notes and some light cherry notes.
Taste is more subtle and fuller either: lots of red fruit, light vinous, some roasted barleys, light bitter, spices, light sour (red fruity sour).
Different approach of and Imperial Stout, but pretty nice.
Aftertaste is a mix of spices, with vinous notes and some creamy barley malts.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and a light creamy texture.
michcam8 (303) - Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewhouse. Big beer with jet black color and a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, grain and doughy bread. Taste is heavy on the sweet side with chocolate being the overwhelming flavor along with coffee and earth notes. The finish is smooth with hint of bitterness. Creamy mouthful with a heavy body. Overall a good beer, but was expecting better.
Benzai (8530) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 650ml bottle @ ZZT IV. Opaque dark brown color, small beige lacing. Smell malts, coffee, earth. Taste is less good, malts, lightly earthy, some sourness, red wine influences. Sour finish. Medium body, low to medium body.
DutchDrebus (4142) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZZT4. Pitch black, oily with no head. Smells earthy, compost, coffee, dark chocolate, roasty. Tastes slightly sour, red fruits, red wine, coffee, dark chocolate, roasty, complex. Full body, low carbo, soft.
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark color and a persistent thin brown head. Rich deep aroma with lots of little nuances if u smell it long enough. Flavor is great, really good representation of a craft stout. The backbone of this beer is the malt so rich and deep. There is a definite alcohol burn and the hops are lost in all the flavor. Overall I love this beer had a sampler during brew week so far itís my favorite.
phaleslu (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! 2011 release, bottle 118/228. Pours a deep cocoa brown with a small tan ring for a head that lasts all the way down. Straightforward aroma- coffee, chocolate, earth, roast, and sugar. Simple and nice but doesnít really pop. The flavor follows the same notes up front, with chocolate and coffee, but then finishes with a long metallic note, like someone put a coin in my taster. Medium-bodied, with light carbonation and a roasty, metallic mouthfeel. We lined this one up with 6 variations and this was probably my least favorite of the bunch.