Kenbeer30 (44) - Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The guys at Jester King have a real winner with this one. It is a superior Imperial Stout. Pours rich, heavy black metal. Head is 2 fingers in my snifter and is dark brown. Great retention and turns into pillow-y clouds of foam. Aroma could be the highlight... lots of dried fruits, wafts of smoke and bitter choc. Then with a second sniff the aroma gives vanilla and molasses... The taste is oak-aged, smoked molasses with some herbal hop notes on the sides. No alcohol sting in this big beer. Nicely done Jeff, and Michael. Looking forward to more from Jester King.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BCTC Saturday night back at camp. Pours a deep black with a small white head. Plum and prune, chocolate and roast. Malt, prune, sweetness. Roast and sweet chocolate on the nose.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler 3/4/11 shared in seabass’ room.
dark,rich, thick appearance with an orange tinted head.
lightly smoky aroma mixes with notes of charcoal, barley, chocolate, caramel and coffee-like nuttiness.
the flavor is pretty much the same...charcoal dryness on the finish.
smooth slick texture with low carbonation.
finally, a brutally named beer which can live up...8/4/8/4/16+
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Poured very healthy deep brown with an awesome dense head that wasn’t a whole lot lighter in shade.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up well-roasted black patent maltage, generously complemented by baker’s chocolate, maple, and a touch of smoke.. fresh, greener earth and grassy hops worked well on the edges.. I really dug the nose! The flavor found syrupy molasses and black patent malts at the core, with coffee flavor and roast plus earth around.. finished with a little bit more sour malts, residual sugars, and roast.. warmed up the belly well. Heavy-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate (just a hair too much).. smooth, coating feel across the middle.. the roasty sourness was out of balance at the end.. overall an excellent brew!
blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o swoopjones. Many thanks to Mike for this awesome gift! Pours black with an average size lasting frothy light-brown head. Gorgeous aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and light leafy hops. Flavour, which is just as nice, of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, light alcohol, vanilla and light leafy hops. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Simply put, this is fucking awesome and one of the best looking bottles ever!
garthicus (2567) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Blankboy & HogTownHarry (C/O Swoopjones) awesome label. Appearance: Pitch oily black, thick brown head. Aroma: Leather, chocolate, malt, cherry, cafe latte. Flavour: Thick, chocolate milkshake, espresso, leather, peat, aniseed, caramel, beautifully balanced, delicious. Alcohol not evident at all. Just fantastic.
HogTownHarry (5976) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of SwoopJones, shared with me, blankboy and garthicus - huge thanks to Mike!!! Pours like motor oil, huge mottled brown/dark brown frothy head (4+). Damn that’s a nice aroma - really restrained and delicate, oats, light coffee, ripe plums, a little lactose, gentle fresh herbal bitterness ---- really, really appealing (9-). Taste follows, plus dry leafy bitterness, more coffee and lactose and alcohol - really fine stuff, well balanced, not huge, but on the big side. Solid body, decent carbonation, creamy, reasonably long fruity/roasty finish, dry herbal aftertaste. Such a solid impy, how it should be done. Wow.
Nikiel (862) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Avery support group. Pours pure black with tan foam. Smells very roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Tastes surprisingly mild with a smooth texture and hints of chocolate and roasted barley.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow - looks like I’ve neglected to enter a single rating for JK. Wasn’t super impressed right off the bat, but more because at that time (many months ago) other offerings on tap were pretty spectacular and Commercial Suicide was what it was and I thoght the Rye needed some work. Now that they’ve got things rolling, time to step and say I’m REALLY glad they’re doing what they’re doing. Still not a big stout fan, but this one is quite tasty and @ 1.4% it is far too easy to drink - I knocked back a 750 and was wondering how it evaporated so quickly. num num num
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle courtesy of atxdelivery. thanks, josh! looks like i’m rating #100 for this one. sweet. pours a rich, sludgy black with a slowly developing dark moch head that has nice retention and leaves slick rings of lace. aroma is great with huge notes of dark chocolate, chocolate cake dougnuts, and toasted marshmallow backed by charred malts, light soy, and earth with hints of black coffee, tobacco barn, and a touch of toffee. flavor is delicious as well with heavy roasted malts, burnt chocolate brownies, and roast coffee backed by sugared plums, earth, wet leather, and hints of cigar ash with a touch of vanilla on the back end. palate is where this one let me down. how can a beer that looks so imposing and rich be so thin and meager on the tongue? carbonation is solid and the finish is long and roasty but this beer confounds me with it gorgeous, rich appearance but lack of muscle in the mouth. overall, this could be a bad-ass imperial stout as the label suggests but it needs some time in the gym to improve its body.