notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 EBF 2007 - another outstanding offering from Kuhnhenn - inky black out of the tap, with a huge, foamy dark brown head - dense aroma of black coffee, bakers chocolate, some anise and a smokey/woody character - very dry and bittersweet flavor, with notes of plum, cherry skins and a very strong tannic quality that mixes with the slight sweetness and fruit flavor to give the beer a very port-like flavor - dry and slightly bitter (not nearly as bitter as I expected because of the "american" tag) finish with lingering smoke and cocoa flavors - this ranks right up there with Southampton and Speedway, IMHO.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a opaque, oily black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and wood with a smooth, silky (dessert-like) mouthfeel that finishes somewhat dry.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dense black, thick swirls of mocha colored head. Rich and complex nose of coffee crème brulee, milk chocolate covered currants, toast, pistachio, and English toffee. Roasted coffee and creamy milk chocolate flavors dominate with touches of toasted vanilla beans, caramel and alcohol. Full bodied like a milkshake, soft carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. This brew is kickin out the jams! Thanks for the bottle Hopscotch. Now go shower your new friends in Florida with good brews….
marcus (6436) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured with a miniscule tan head and a strong chocolate malt aroma. The flavor is sweet with noticeable coffee and chocolate characteristics. The flavors stick to the tongue long after the swallow and there is, indeed, a bitter finish. This is a nice dessert beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Thank you very much, Dave for this treat. The aroma is soy saucew, dark chocolate, burnt malt, un-sweetened dark grainy bread, alcohol, coffee and some light dark fruit notes. The body is a stygian black and holds a bottle cap thickness head that is a very dark mocha and diminishing.
Fore is burnt dark fruits including cherry and blueberry. A massive burnt bitterness follows along with dark chocolate, soy sauce, espresso, vanilla and cream. This is much closer to Courage Imperial Stout (in flavor) than almost any American version I have had. It almost tastes a little oxidized like an old Imperial Stout or Barley Wine. Pretty nice stuff.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a fading, tan head. The aroma is raisins, plums, roast, chocolate with hints of rum. The flavor is burnt, coffee, molases, chocolate, vinous and fairly sweet. Full, sticky body, slightly oily with soft carbonation.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, via artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Dark, dark core; medium tan head with decent lacing. Dried fruits (raisins), dark chocolate, and caramel in the aroma. Full mouthfeel: dried fruit, bitter chocolate and caramel, toasty vanilla. Excellent concentration, and much more expressive and interesting than most imperial stouts I’ve had recently. Medium, bitter chocolate and vanilla finish. Tasty stuff.
argo0 (11450) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Black body with brown edges, minimal tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some coffee, caramel, light burnt. Taste is sweet, coffee/roast, cocoa, some caramel. Full body, low carbonation.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Styles for this beer! Very rich dark and thick appearence with lots of good roast flavors, with chocolates and coffee. This beer does a real good job of hiding the 13% alcohol, and it is a real sipper to sit and enjoy. The flavors change and evolve throughout the beer getting warmer and closer to room temp. Overall a real tasty treat!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow...what a beer! rich and thick, smooth and creamy. my second bottle from the Kuhnhenn holiday 6 pack, thanks to Styles. aroma is sweet molasses, black licorice, dried dark fruit and roasted malts. flavor has much of the same but with some chocolate and a bit of coffee. alcohol is detectable, but it doesn’t burn nor is it hot in any way. palate is thick and rich and finishes with some roasty bitterness. outstanding stout in every way. last line of the commercial description is dead on: "this is a real treat"