SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
poured from a bottle into a snifter
very dark brown almost black, a nice thin head forms, decent carbonation. a little lacing on the edges and some swirls of foam sit on top all the way down.
Smells of malt, dark roast, licquorice some fig and raisin and quite a bit of alcohol. smells decent enough, a little high on roast and alcohol
taste is extremely bitter roast, burnt, lots of alcohol. i dontí really get much but this heavy bitterness and burnt/roasty flavor. dissapointing, wish it tasted more like it smelled
mouthfeel was a bit thin, has a little stickiness but its not thick/syrupy/creamy like most RISí are.
drinkability is almost drainpour. hard to finish. too much alcohol and bitter astringency.
i tried to pair this up with a raspberry mascarpone dessert i made and it was a failure, this beer is way too bitter for that. use it in place of coffee after hammering out a big piece of pie or rich chocolate cake.
will not get this beer again.
johnnnniee (2932) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve gotten several bottles of this in trades so Iím not sure how old this bottle is.
Pours a solid black with a big fluffy tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of chocolate syrup, a bit of perfume, some brown sugar, carob powder, a touch of alcohol. Taste hits with chocolate syrup mixed with hops. The hops push their way through the middle battling with some alcohol and dried dark fruit and winning, only to succumb to the roasted malt finish. Very complex taste, it seems I picked up something new with every sip, very nice! Mouthfeel is oily and resinous, body is medium at best, carbonation is a bit high. Very nice complex tasting stout. Lower the carbonation and up the body and Iíd drink this every day.
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of hybrid frothy/creamy head. Good retention and plentiful lacing.
4.0 S: A lot of roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, touch of blackstrap molasses, sweet caramel maltiness. Very nice.
4.0 T: Biggest flavor is a burntness, which I incidentally didnít detect in the nose. Loads of roasted barley, black coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate. The sweetness in the nose does not manifest in the taste which is too bad, because I like a good battle between roasty and sweet in RISs.
3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive and further takes away from what isnít very creamy to begin with. Other than that no problems.
4.0 D: Love the roastiness, but a bit too dry for me. Would prefer a thicker body as well. Still, a pretty good brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-23-2010 03:58:44
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours black with a little head that lingers. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Nice full bodied mouthfeel that follows the nose. Ends with a sharp hops bitter with a little dryness. Alcohol is well hidden in this one. Not as robust as I would like it but pretty tasty none the less.
Brandman (2417) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black body, tanned head. Some ash, liqourice and burnt malts in aroma. Way too dry and not in balance. It is ok, but something is missing.
Ron (3012) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got this from Da and Erica(my kids) for my B-day present. Wow, the foam on this kept coming after the pour was done. Stayed high and thick for a long time. Poured motor oil black. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate. Flavors of coffee, and sweet chocolate malt. Smooth drinking stout with great flavor.
alexsdad06 (7032) - Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with an above average sized tan head. The aroma is dry roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate and an earthy quality. The flavor has more roasted dark malts and hints of coffee, but develops a dry bitterness that takes away from the other flavors, namely the sweetness. The chocolate in the nose canít stand up to the growing bitterness. Medium plus bodied and good, but nothing that stands out as great.
unclemike (2549) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour with a brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a balanced coffee and chocolate sweet note. Coffee bitter flavor with a vanilla sweet note and a dry roasted finish.
mcox90 (1692) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black and is almost impervious to light. A careful pour netted a full 2 finger creamy off white head which receded leaving a good amount of lace. Huge chocolate malt aroma with secondary caramel and coffee. Medium to heavy body with a slight amount of carbonation. Flavor is dominated by chocolate, but one can pick up some dark fruit as well. Dangerously easy drinking as it goes down smooth with no boozy aroma or taste.
Sledutah (6044) - Utah, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Poured black with a small tan head and some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate
Taste: Smokey, ashy and bitter hops in the finish
A nice Imp. Stout, easy to drink.