The Etruscan (465) - Tuscany, - SEP 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown colour head. Black colour. Aroma is malty, fruity with light coffee and raisins notes. Flavor is malty too with dark fruits and lIght licorice tones., ending in a fruity and slightly roasty finish. Medium to full bodied
DrSilverworm (4062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Very dark brown color. Lots of dark fruit in the flavor. Big roasty malt, kind of burnt, light coffee, some dark chocolate. Bigger body, lightly chewy, slick texture. Minimal tan head, leaves good short ropes of lace. Moderate sweet taste, big bitter. Kind of a lightly spicy bite in the finish. Solid, big assertive imperial stout. Probably the best English example I’ve ever had, though doesn’t quite compare to my favorite American examples. Gets better as I go, though.
b3shine (3570) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a dark cola with light beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, molasses, and a bit of chocolate and roast. Tastes like it smells with a somewhat thin, average mouthfeel. Not bad, but not good either.
phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in a sampler at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a deep, near-opaque brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, maybe a little smoke, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, and peat. Flavor of roasted malts, burnt toast, dark chocolate, rubber, grapefruit peel, and florals. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a bitter mouthfeel. Almost drinks like some sort of imperial stout-black IPA-smoked hybrid beer. I wouldn’t mind trying the barrel aged version to see if that cuts it a bit, mellows it out, balances it more.
Nickls (1708) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Jet black and a khaki creamy head. Mineral, bitter chocolate, coffee, slightly fruity an toasty aromas. Flavor is dry, bitter chocolate, espresso, tart dark fruit and roasty dry. Medium and silky body.
alexsdad06 (3854) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a dark cola brown to black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, earthy bitterness, and a hint of alcohol. Tasty and a surprise to see on the list.
Tmoney99 (9635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
radagast83 (3794) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at GDB in Washington. Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma was notes of bitter, chocolate, with some earthy notes. Flavor had some earthy hops, chocolate, bitterness. Caramel. Touch boozy.
Geiserich (2925) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark brown to black color with a creamy brownish head. Aroma of dark fruits (plums, berries), cacao, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Flavor is fruity (dark berries, sweet cherries), raosty, dark chocolate, cacao beans, acid. Finish with burnt malt, coffee, cacao and dark chocolate bitterness. Long dry end.
OPIE788 (76) - - NOV 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft. Poured dark black with a dark brown head. Smelled like a cold cup of unsweetened black coffee. Tasted like REALLY strong black coffee with a good dry bitterness. Really good but...$10 for a 9oz pour is a bit much.
nimbleprop (3914) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an inky black with some clumpy, soot colored head. Nose has a lot of licorice, toast, brown sugar, malt, a little earthy, cracker. Flavor has a lot of licorice and molasses, a touch of smoke, almost a little sausage fat, malty, toast, some soy, booze, a touch of cough syrup, black pepper. Full bodied, slightly hot, slightly peppery finish. Unique.