orangesol (941) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours black as night with a big two finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some dark berries. It smells very sweet with a bit of a berry twang toward the end.
T - Starts off with a good bit of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of dark chocolate, molasses, black licorice, coffee, and some black berries. Even with all the sweet dark flavors going on the fruitiness is still quite prominent. The finish has quite a bit of dark roast, lingering for a short period of time.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, syrupy, feel lingering through the finish.
O - While I didn’t "love" this beer I did enjoy it. It had a nice berry component you don’t get very much with bigger stouts. Good but far from great.
conway (1820) - - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a 1 finger mocha head. Aroma is dark fruit, fudge and char. Taste follows pretty closely. Extremely rich mouthfeel and almost no carb. Moderate booziness. Very nice effort from a brewery I wouldn't expect.
ThreeCats (623) - ISRAEL - SEP 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a big dark mocha head. Aroma roasty and sweet, with coffee, chocolate, and liquor notes. Taste very roasty, burnt, very bitter chocolate, very rich and full with a strong alcohol note. Palate strong, roasty, and alcoholic. This whole beer feels like it’s a higher ABV than it actually is, which at 9.5% is saying something.
Salmoniform (1180) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Jet black hue with creamy brown head that held a ring. Aroma really opened as it warmed and included essences if caramel, roast, toffee, chocolate, coffee, ethanol, figs, raisins, cola, tobacco, vanilla, leather, prunes, soy. Mouthfeel is great with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice astringent bitter following and a clean ethanol finish. Overall this is a nice brew.
Darkmagus82 (1915) - - AUG 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-6-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – Pours a black colored brew with a one finger light brown head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a nice level of lacing. Upon swirling the glass the thickness of the brew can be seen with it clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly receding down to the base of the brew.
Smell- The aroma is heavy of chocolate and roasted malt with a presence of a bourbon like smell. A light coffee and molasses as well as a light licorice and dark fruit smell join the others and make for a rather nice roasty and dark aroma.
Taste – The taste begins very smooth with a roasted malt and coffee heavy flavor. Sweeter flavors of dark fruits and molasses soon come to the tongue with the smoothness losing ground to a more turbid and carbonated taste. Flavors of chocolate then start entering onto the tongue. A very light alcohol flavor with hints of bourbon hit the taste buds more toward the end. The chocolate and coffee flavors grow stronger and get more intense at the end and when combined with the more subtle sweet flavors produce a very smooth and roasted dark flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – This is one fantastic feel. As discussed above, it begins on the very creamy and smooth side with a very light carbonation felt on the tongue. As the brew sits in the mouth, tiny carbonation bubbles seem to make their presence known, slightly taking down the creaminess, but providing a great level of effervesce to compliment the sweet and bring in greater complexity to the feel. The end leaves a rather thick and lightly carbonated feel to linger on the tongue. This is actually one of the greatest feeling stouts I have ever had - It’s complex yet complimenting and balanced.
Overall – Now I know that most of you automatically label this beer as sub-par as it comes from a more macro brewery, but I say this, give it an “honest and unbiased” chance. It doesn’t have the best flavor profile, although it is good with a nice roasty and dark flavor with a good level of sweetness. The real great thing of this beer is its feel and smell. Its feel is absolutely phenomenal with the smell being quite nice. Look past your preconceived notions and give this beer a honest go.
Mark_Eck (934) - - JUL 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is smooth and has a lasting aftertaste.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black with a rich tan head. Aroma of.dark fruit. Runny texture with flavors of old wood and sour but not tart malt.
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at the brewery. I drank 4 other samples and had 2 of these. They only allow you to have 1 of the RIS but my wife don’t care for RIS’ s so I got lucky. This beer was damn good. Had that dark chocolate and black licorice taste. Has great smokey finish and silky smooth on the palate. Fantastic beer and would like a full pint.
bubbleflubber (1896) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Twisted Kilt in Myrtle Beach, SC, this pours pitch black with a nice choco-tan head that retains decently, leaving soapy lacing down the glass. The nose is of roasted grain and chocolate. Flavors have lots of toasted grains, chocolate malt, some toffee/caramel, and a nice buttering hop to balance the finish. Silky smooth with soft carbonation, it provides a full-bodied, velvety quaff. Best of this brewery I've had by a country mile. Nice job.
SlovakSniper (3563) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
La mousse kaki sur ce liquide noir est assez fabuleuse. Aussi, elle reste bien collée sur la paroi de mon verre droit. Pendant que la nuit s’installe et qu’un feu est sur le point d’être allumé, mon nez plonge dans ce verre a moitié plein. Des arômes de petits fruits et de réglisse rouge accompagnent bien les malts et leur parfum de chocolat noir. Il y a aussi d’autres fruits qui s’éveillent mais je n’arrive pas à clarifier mes idées. Une première gorgée est tentée. Une légère acidité se dessine autour d’un corps richement malté. On dirait qu’il y a des griottes dans cette bière. Du chocolat et de la mélasse se collent sur mes papilles. Le liquide cache admirablement bien ses 9.5% d’alcool. En bouche, c’est très réussi. La sensation pleine, l’effervescence douce ainsi que la texture triple crème sont triomphantes. En arrière-goût, la bataille est gagnée par la torréfaction et par une amertume qui s’accompagne d’une longue tirade fruitée. Une autre trouvaille super intéressante dans le fin fond d’un village habité par des consanguins et des gnomes qui portent la barbe et la casquette du hipster. Vintage 2013 clanché avec Pete, le yeti noir.