JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle from Marche Omni. Pours totally opaque black with a large mocha head. Aroma is very much in line with an Imperial Stout, loads of dark fruity esters and roasted malts. Awesome. Flavour is even better, lots of bitter roast but balanced super well with rich sweet chocolate. Raisins, red grapes, vanilla, caramel, subtle hint of smoke. Velvety smooth as well, very little hint of the alcohol. Reminds me of a milk stout, there’s almost a lactic sweetness here that I really enjoy. Minor dryness in the finish from the yeast. Holy crap this stuff is tasty, wish I bought more. This brewery is freaking amazing.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
C&C 750 mL bottle shared by alexsdad06 at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a medium dark head. Good head retention and lacing. Tastes of chocolate, nutty notes, caramel and faint cherry notes. Medium bodied. Very nice.
yumyum (217) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very fine brew. Pours black with moderate carbonation which dissipates quickly. chocolate and slight smokiness on the nose. Can really taste the roastiness of the malts. Chocolate and slight whiskey/alcohol taste. and medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. Is a good combination of an easy drinking beer with great taste and complexity. Very good
TimE (4060) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brwon color. Molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, whiskey, bacon in the nose. Intense. Surprisingly light mouth. Slightly sour. Whiskey, molasses and dark chocolate. Dry. Whiskey, molasses an smoke in the finish.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks to Hopscotch. Big thanks for bringing this absolutely STUNNING beer. I knew little about this brewery and I was just blown away by this beer. Nose is rich with malt, huge fruity notes of plum and raisin with chocolate and caramel. Pours a near black with a small long lasting light tan head. Super clean flavor throughout with an almost fudgelike chocolate note and tons of dark fruit flavor. Finishes nutty. As it warms subtle smoke and leather become apparent. Complex as hell this beer. One of the best lagered beers I have ever had. Absolutely fantastic!
cgarvieuk (17009) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... deep black ... huge bubbly head .... over fizzy... i hate fizz ... little sourness and roast malt nose ... again ahint of sourness ... but not enough to ruin ... big chocolate ... soft roast ... quite tasty ... big chocolate ... ruined by the fizz
SlovakSniper (3826) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
En bouteille. Liquide presque noir, collet brun foncé bien monté et solide. Au nez, des effluves de malt foncé, du café, du chocolat, de l’alcool, définitivement de la réglisse noire, une touche de fruits séchés et macérés, du sucre brûlé, un peu de fumée. En bouche, même richesse que l’on retrouve dans les arômes. Le départ est doux mais vite complexifié par le goût prédominant du malt rôti. Finale torréfiée de chocolat, de sucre d’orge, de réglisse, de raisin macéré et de petite fumée. Le liquide est assez robuste et sa texture est soyeuse. L’alcool se fait définitivement sentir. En résumé, bière impériale.
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle
This has been sitting around for a while since Ughsmash sent me the bottle in a trade. I decided to bring it to share with a few others. It was good enough I might have enjoyed the whole thing alone but why be greedy? Drinking this makes me want to make a trip to the source and try more of their releases.
Aroma / Appearance - Medium chocolate in appearance this had a nice balance to it. Fluid and black it released a combination of ash, smoke, light chocolate, and a sweet smooth base.
Flavor / Palate - Cinnamon, spice, and ash were rounded off by a smoky sweetness. The mouthfeel was simultaneously thick and fluid. The alcohol on this one is masked well and does not really show up until near the final sips. Overall this is a perfect baltic porter and reminds me why I like the style so much.
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 on tap at Brouhaha brewpub. pours pitch black with a moka head that leaves lots of lacing. lots of chocolate and roasted malts in the aroma. taste is the same, with a nice sweet cherry flavour to precede the hops in the finish. kind of smokey too. thick on the palate, an oily feel to it. this is a great beer during the cold months of the winter. warms you right up!
Lubiere (11000) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep dark porter with a thick brown head. In aroma, pleasant moka coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. In mouth, a smooth porter with a bitter coffee, prunes, oily mouthfeel, dark chocolate, warming alcohol, exceptional porter. L’Autre Oeil edition, probably 2 years old. Tasted Feb. 14, 2010.