FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my teku glass produces a fat, dense, three-finger thick, darkly browned head; the head leaves spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is simply opaque and black. The aroma smells rich, concentrated and burnt; roasted molasses, coffee liquor, charred wood, burnt whole grain toast, sweet brown sugar notes, burnt marshmallows, roasted raisin notes, and burnt prunes.
The beer is bitter and roasted up front, but not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, though it still has lots of sweetness. The beer has a lingering bitterness in the finish, a lot of which is from a lingering burnt grain character; the bitterness is actually fairly light for the balance of this beer. Lingering roasted prune notes adds a fruity edge, and there is a bit of blackened raisin as well. There is some spicy, perhaps slightly earthy, maybe even herbal character here, as well as a whole grain, toasted straw like character to the finish. Dark, rich coffee liquor (though not overly sweet), concentrated dark chocolate, and richly burnt molasses / brown sugar notes add a decadent character to this beer without being cloying.
A tasty beer, but doesn’t really set itself apart from many another Imperial Stout; still this isnicely balancedand I like that it is not overly bitter, and the roast character nicely balances and is balanced by the dark malt sweetness.
Zymurgeist2 (1752) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Alcohol, star anise and chocolate dominate nose. Jet black with full brown head. Taste is roasted malt, floral hops, pitch and resins. Alcohols less noticeable than aroma. Mouthfeel is a little thin.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours thick, syrupy, black with a dark brown head. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, sweet. The alcohol is very well hidden.
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beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a beautiful rich dark brown head. Just about the darkest head I’ve come across on a beer. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and rye grain. The flavor is very similar with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and rye grain. Well rounded on the palate. Full bodied. Delicious!
pushkinwow (2515) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Apex, last day of their stout festival. Dark viscous brown with a mocha head. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, smooth but bitter, hints of coffee. Mild carbonation, full body, incredibly easy to drink, nice chocolate and roasted malt finish with some dryness.
jtclockwork (14614) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with brown head. Nose and taste of rye, roasted chocolate, chocolate bread, toasted wood and toasted nuts. medium body. Slightly dry finish.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really great brew. Comes out thick and dark. Slight carbonation that comes up creamy brown. A really well roasted brew. Smooth and warming.
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Nose of brown sugar, molasses, some smoke. Sweet and sugary flavor, roasted. Soft, smooth, and full. A bit too sugary, but good.
TimE (4886) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, very dark brown head. Huge rye, dark chocolate, roasted malt notes. Full body, very warming, tons of rye, roasted malts, bitter hoppiness. Very spicy, the rye really shines.
Ferris (12150) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Liquorice, dark chocolate and some light soy. Jet black and a dark brown head. Dark roast malts, spicy, espresso and alight sourness in the finish. Big and bold.