jsquire (3743) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with an attactive bubble cascade out of the bottle. The cascade generated a foamy brown head that hung around in whisps and drifts. Nose of chocolate, coffee and cereal grains. Think mouthfeel. Tons of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a pleasan alcohol warmth. Really thick, chewy imperial stout.
ChainGangGuy (4535) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours an onyx black body topped by a tall, dark tan head.
Smell: Aroma heavy on the roast, and boozey, too. Notes of burnt wood, dark caramel, chocolate, a puff of smoke and, once allowed to warm a bit, a medley of dried fruits.
Taste: There’s an intense charred, smokey roastiness upfront followed by a sweet dark chocolate taste to make it bearable. Tastes of caramel syrup, fire-scorced marshmallows, and a bit of fruit. Mild oak character. Medium earthy bitterness that recedes as you approach the finish. A touch of oak and yeast (and booze) for the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This stout is top notch, Midnight Sun!
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Tasting, Pre-Sex
Appearance: very dark brown, fine tan head, bits of lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a nice sweet estery fruityness,
Overall: rich chocolate, nice fruity sweetness, touch of dark chocolate bitterness, fruity esters really bring out the rich chocolate, light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
decaturstevo (5459) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Captaincougar for sharing this rarity at the Foothills gathering. Jet black pour with sweet malt toasted malt aroma. A slight phenol flavor. Hard malt flavor with a very pleasant bitter. A bit foamy but overall full palate. Very unusual beer the abv and malt combine to make it hard to figure out. Thanks Tom.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by captaincougar at the footsex gathering. Pours dark dark black with a small tan head. Nose is slightly smokey, with some chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of roasted malt and a hint of booze. Big flavors of chocolate, wood, smoke, and booze with a hint of belgian yeast in the finish. Pretty darn good and I wish I would have had this at a time when I wasn’t being bombarded with amazing beers. But I really can’t complain too much about that! Thanks for sharing Tom!
egajdzis (5581) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep, opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, dried fruits, and roast. Taste of chocolate, roast, smoke, wood, bourbon, and vanilla, with a bit of fruitiness, and some alcohol in the finish.
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 22oz bottle. Poured a dark black (it just doesn’t get darker than this) with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of dark fruits, oak, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, smoke, and chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasty. Full and creamy body. Damn this was good.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep motoroil black with a medium creamy/bubbly deep tan head. Aroma of oak, cherries, vanilla, molasses, chocolate, sweet and malty. Flavor of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, light oak, roasted malt, light smoke, nuts, molasses, dry and roasty. Great creamy body. Not sure I get too much of the Belgian yeast in this one...but it’s quite a nice Imp Stout!
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pitch black, pouring like a pint of old motor oil with nary any foam. I could smell the vicusous medicinal alcohol while I poured, licorice-rich. This drinks rich and thick, sweet and roasty, malt, plum and cark bitter chocolate. It’s brutal. (#3313, 1/23/2008)
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle opens with a rather enthusiastic vent.
Presentation is opaque jet black, with only a half-inch head of brown foam with a stretch-pour.
Absolutely no translucency in the edges when held to a spotlight.
Aromatics are loaded with chocolate cake batter spiked with coffee dust. Heavily roasted, with char and nougat following through.
The mouthfeel is massive. Very thick and chewy, but beyond that there seems to be an elevated carbonation level that allows the brew to somewhat expand on the pallet. Slighty coarse with gummy particulates.
The pallet is full-on, over-the-top Imperial Stout. Rich and lucious dark chocolate, espresso beans, brownie batter, and Hershey’s syrup.
Bitterness and hopping in general are restrained, with the bitterness that’s present being of the acrid type.
Finishes with a very slow warm up and a hint of dark fruit under the asphault of chocolate and espresso.
A friend and I were lucky enough to do a side by side with Kate the Great.
While the Kate had more finesse, complexity, and drinkabilty, the Sloth was definately a much bigger interpretation of the style.