Cirrhosis (1143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, dark, dark, dark, thick looking brown fluid resting quietly in this unassuming glass, webs of bubbles are strung across the surface as if waiting to ensnarl an unsuspecting passerby in its net of mystery. Heavy better coffee rises from the surface of the black fluid filling the nose with memories of first dates and early morning jogs that help awaken your senses for the experience to soon come, notable alcohol is also there to greet you but it has nothing to say except I am your friend enjoy my company. When the fluid blankets your tongue for the time you want to say thank you sir for dumping you ash tray into my coffee. The brew is bitter, more bitter as the coldest winter night but somehow a lonely sweet fruit can extend its hand towards you to be touch and enjoyed. The intensity of this black poem rivals that of any great passionate love story too big to handle, to fantastic to turn away.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
660mL bottle. Poured medium-deep brown with a short-ish cap of tan head.. settled quickly and left a dusting. The aroma picked up sweeter caramel, honey, and molasses notes backed by raisins, cocoa, and a pinch of dark fruit.. middle of the road stout-wise. The flavor wasn’t so good.. it opened with an odd oaky/vinegary tartness with tacky, pervasive oxidation and cardboard spewing onto the middle.. molasses and tar formed a bit of a base.. bitterness was light and coffee-inspired.. the nasty components stuck on the finish for far too long. Medium-bodied and slick at times on the palate.. odd, misplaced tartness in places.. not a good feel at all.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a couple of shades darker than cola with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, a little dark fruit. Kind of murky. Flavor was relatively thin and bitter, a little heavy on the roast for as thin as it was. Not terrible.
DTM (747) - Winters, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Co-op in Davis, CA. Poured a black color with a large tan head. Tasted of cocoa and dark fruits. A bit thin on the palate knocked the rating down a little. A pretty good brew.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a foamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and a little coffee. Flavor is dark fruit, roasted malt, smoke, baking chocolate with a dry and clean aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin. Not bad.
Bomberbeer (3) - , California, USA - AUG 9, 2009 does not count
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The packaging is beautiful and that along with the idea of a Andean stout intrigued me. The aroma had molasses, dark chocolate, strong coffee, smoke and bourbon. The appearance had very little head, almost no lacing that disappeared quickly. The darkness of the beer was beautiful, like obsidian. The flavor started to slip for me though. Bitter, salty, average duration. Lighter body than I would have expected from the aroma, but still dry with lively carbonation. The finish had some alcohol. But a few minutes later, the saltiness stuck with me.
UltraViolence (20) - USA - JUL 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If there’s an underrated beer in the world, it’s this animal. This is a complicated beer, mixing sweet breads with coffee and chocolate and fig. It freakin’ kills. Harder to find at retail than it should be, but I guess the herd mentality ratings on this one more or less explain that. Great beer.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an inky black with a thick but brief tan head. Good lacing. Nose smells rather like an oatmeal stout, though there is apparently no oatmeal in this. Cigarette ash, licorice root, no real coffee of chocolate to speak of in the nose, just big and roasty, also shows hickory smoke, especially as it warms. Palate is very ashy, with roast malt, salt, more hickory, hung meat, teriyaki beef jerky, and chocolate. Nice but not exceptional. Would buy again.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black as night with a nice light brown head that retains and laces well. Aroma is sweet and roasty. There is smoke, wood (hickory), fruit, chocolate, and cigarette ash (in a god way), and something that reminds me of oats but isn’t oats on the nose. Tastes very roasty just like the nose. Hickory smoke, tar, plums, brown sugar, licorice and ash. Palate is a little thin, but decent enough. Nice beer, surprised this is from Argentina.
presario (4423) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
660ml bottle with annoying plastic wrap around the white cap. Super fizzy brown head disappears in a rush of noise leaving a quiter (but not quiet) black beer. Served cold there is a strong molasses aroma with some licorice and smokiness. As the beer warms chocolate scents mix nicely with the molasses and a light skiff is maintained while the fizz of the carbonation continues. Dark flavour, some sweetness, dry finish. As the beer warms the body fills out. A decent tasty chocolate, molasses and licorice mix with a certain woodiness. I think best at cellar temperature rather than cold. The serving temp has a big effect on this beer.