DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
06-Mar-14 (22-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!)
Several years old, this beer is still quite solid. It pours a black body with half an inch of dark-tan head that settles to a ring. The aromas are dark and pungent, showing tobacco, charred meat, prune, and chocolate, leading to flavors of dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, cigarette ash, burnt toast, prune, and coffee, with medium sweetness that’s balanced by medium, lingering bitterness. The beer is medium-full in weight, medium in carbonation, and finishes relatively dry for pretty good drinkability. Overall, quite enjoyable and it’s held up very well.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Bottle. Black pour with a frothy light tan head. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a bit of sweet stone fruit in the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet up front followed by black coffee, a slight burnt note, and a very little dried dark fruit in there. Lighter body than I was expecting. Not bad.
smitty137 (1) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This northeastern stout was absolutely delicious. There was just the right amount kick for a craft beer and I wish the bottle was just a little bit bigger. :-) I'll have to grab a few more bottles the next time I'm in The Syracuse area.
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home via the ol’ rot box. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Burnt roasted malty nose with chocolate, some char, smoke, light coffee, and a fair amount of anise. Medium full body. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. More anise, piney hops, and dark chocolate in the flavor. Fairly smooth. Not sure I’m crazy about the flavor but it’s ok.
mcclainc50 (214) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, pours an oily black with a khaki head leaving heavy lacing. Notes of malt and alcohol in the nose. Very malty flavor with notes of licorice and coffee with a little alcohol. Very strong stout.
mtdewa1 (404) - rome, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark black, khaki head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is a milk chocolate. Smooth milky velvety taste. A bit thin. Overall decent.
Spab (2631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Niagara Falls Wegmans. Pours a virtually black dark brown with large, creamy beige head. Aroma is roasty, black maltiness with lots of coffee and some anise. Flavour is charred malt with strong coffee, anise and slight hints of dark fruit. Medium-full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.
hamilton23 (616) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is some smoke and a bit of toasted malts. Taste is some burnt wood, chocolate malts and a fair amount of bitterness in the back end.
Gluepot (93) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
head is an attractive dark tan on a black body. The nose has some coffee and chocolate with a hint of bubble gum and some whiffs of something medicinal. The taste has bittersweet chocolate, a thick maltiness, coffee and a hint of cherry and other dark fruits. There is more effervescence than you would expect in a Russian imperial stout, which blunts many of the taste elements.
jtclockwork (9685) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Springlicker. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of fudge brownie, roast chocolate, coffee, black licorice and earthy chocolate. Medium body. Dry old licorice finish.