glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to bitbucket tasting. Black w/ big light brown head. Big chocolate aroma. Lots of alcohol, but nice smooth roast. Oh so tasty. Mild bitterness. Very nice.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by TAR, thanks dude. Poured a thick black color with a thick, creamy tan head that faded to a layer and left some sticky lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt, roasted malts, light coffee, some toffee, and a bit of soft fruitiness thanks to the yeast. Smooth, semi-sweet entry with some light roastiness and undertones of coffee and caramel with some moderate hop bitterness and soft yeastiness to offset the sweetness up front. Smooth and full on the palate. Thanks goes out to Jeff for hooking us up with a great beer.
Ernest (6731) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of vanilla, blackberry, smoke.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
One of the best beers at the tasting; rich and decadent, but not without elegance. Clean malt and bitterness. Wish this was available locally!
3fourths (8603) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Rich dark black body with a creamy brown head, mostly composed of medium to large sized bubbles. Settles out into a brown ring with a patch of foam in the center, but otherwise it settles down to the top of the liquid. Rich mocha chocolate cocoa powder nose. Hugely rich dry cocoa powder up front, heavily dry, parched, somewhat prickly over the back. Coconut and vanilla noticed, very tasty, dry, rich and powdery.... the dryness from the oak is remarkable, it dances with the cocoa powder quality very well. Thanks TAR!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red tinged black colored beer with a full tan head. Really nice aromas, with deep dark fruits, brandy and roasted malt and chocolate notes. Delightfully crafted malt character, with notes of peanut butter, chocolate, espresso roast and dark fruits. Incredible 30-second + finish lasts and lasts. Amazing ale.
josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 Draft at brewery, deep tan head, coffee aroma, deep brown color. Wow, this was a Great beer. The previous review was dead on, the combination of chocolate, coffee and fruit was perfect.
argo0 (12126) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(BCTC, 22oz bottle, thanks TomDecapolis) Creamy brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some coffee/roast, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast/burnt, coffee, some alcohol/burn. Creamy medium-full body.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Bomber shared w/ J-nizz...This blew me away...I would buy a new couch everyday if I could sip on this. Ah yes, couch. Big and bold, loaded with roast but also ripened fruit notes and sweet vanilla. Really an intruiging stout as it incorporates many different flavor nuances. Really wish I had more of this. Nothing more to say than, SLOTHEEENNNNYYYYY!
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 bomber thanks to brewboone. Pours black as ink with a brown head which lingered and produced some lacing. Nose is of coffee and oak. Taste was chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Delicious! Mouthfeel was medium and creamy with right amount of sweetness. Very complex. This was one fantastic brew. Was sad when it was finished.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of TomDecapolis, Saturday at BCTC. Thanks, Tom! Pours an oily, pitty brown color; medium tan head with patchy lacing. Intense, chewy nougat, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits in the aroma; oily, lightly toasted, gorgeous and viscous. Full mouthfeel: oily, heavy on the palate, with loads of nougat, chewy dried dark fruits, complex yeastiness, and a touch of pitty dark fruits and raspberries; really nice, complex, oily feel. Excellent. Lengthy finish: dried dark fruits, caramel, and toasty malts; nice and dry end. A very pleasant, unique take on the imperial stout style.