garthicus (2840) - 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 (6372) - 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 (879) - 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 (1450) - austin, Tejas, Texas, 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.
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is thick and black with a nice big brown head.
S: There is a surprising fruitiness to the nose. Lots of dark fruits like plums and raisins along with some dark sugar and licorice. Plenty of roastiness, chocolate, and even a hint of smoke.
T: Nice sweetness from the fruits with the same raisin note that was on the aroma. Milk chocolate, burnt sugar, and molasses give some additional sweetness. A nice roastiness, slight char, and another hint of smoke.
M: Medium to full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.
O: I’ve heard lots of good things about this and I’m happy to report they were true. Solid beer from this new-ish brewery.
markwise (5011) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one in trade. Pours obsidian black with a somewhat energetic dark tan head. There is a ton of yellow lace on the glass. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, some licorice, earth, and coffee with hints of toasty bitterness. There are hints of char and coffee bitterness as well. The flavor is deep and dark: roast, toast, char, chocolate, licorice, black coffee, earth, and bits of molasses. Liked a toned-down black Tuesday. Mouthfeel is thick and sultry, full of depth. Excellent imperial stout.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours solid black, tan head. Roasted Malt aroma burnt malt flavor, hides the alcohol well. Thins out towards the end.
mmmbeer (1365) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber into a tulip glass- poured a blacker than hate color, carbonation gave me the finger while I tried to see it, tan ring around the glass for a head. Aroma of a burnt to hell malt, molasses, plums, tobacco- yet, not a hint of alcohol. Hits the mouth with a body wide enough to destroy your meek and meager thoughts of what a beer can be, firm blackened malt holds up in the middle, finish makes you want to punch a wall with your fist until it comes crashing down- even if you break all of the bones in your arm, compound at the least. You know what they say about Texas beer- frankly, I don’t, but any other beer right now couldn’t hold me cock right about now except for this. Yeah. A Texas Product.
fata2683 (2175) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from a trade pours thick black with a medium tan head that laces well. Aroma is molasses and roast with earthy tobacco and leather. Flavor is semi-sweet cocoa and bitter espresso with a big roast and burnt sugar in the finish. Really dries out. Nice stuff.