fletchfighters (934) - - AUG 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-- Poured black. Ink black, motor oil black, whatever, it was black as heck. Under a half inch of dark chocolate head. Great retention for what was there as a layer of film stuck around through drinking. Lots of lacing and a thick oily substance left through drinking. Great looking and evil looking at the same time.
S-- A bit nondescript at first. Soft roast, burnt tires, dry chcolate and molasses. Once it warmed up a lot got some spiciness from the rye. Very dry nose.
T-- Lots of roast, chocolate, molasses, big dark fruits, burnt tires, char and ash. Just not as oppressive as European RIS can be. Far more restrained in that aspect.
M-- Thick, rich, and dry. Quite dry. Just enough carbonation to carry this and do it well. Full on body but just enough touches of sweetness to make this work. Like a big, massive wine in a lot of ways. Alcohol is well hidden and I guess the best comparison is some of the DeMolen stouts out there.
O-- Dry as heck RIS. If you like sweet RIS then do not try to get this. Full on and big but it works as the dryness really helps this. More like a European RIS but not the massive char and ash that Mikkeller or DeMolen have. Big sipper and excellent beer. Very different US style stout
beerbill (3200) - 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 Iíve 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 (1618) - 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 (6256) - , 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 (1587) - 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 (5594) - 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 (2810) - 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 (1302) - Edmonton, Alberta, 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.
dfearnley (582) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to flute
Caramel, whiskey, milk chocolate, soy, raisin
Dark brown, thin ringlike deep tan head.
Whiskey, cereal, caramel, leather.
furthur (39) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 edition from bomber. Pours like motor oil, utterly black and opaque. Chunky three inch pecan colored head dissipates to a skiff quickly, leaving moderate lacing. Aromas of yeast, tobacco, cider, shoyu, spice. Flavor rich and heavy. Tastes of chocolate, raisin, cider, grapefruit. Not as viscose as it looks. Smooth and rich, fine, mild carbonation.
harrymel (855) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is black with a broken sheet of toasted graham foam. When I first cracked this beer and took a whiff off the bottle, it smelled great. Now that Iíve poured the beer and let it breath for a few minutes, we have chocolate banana oatmeal. Thereís some molasses and booze there too, a touch of spiced grains and warm milk. Flavor is sweet, roasted, some metal, some oats, plenty of cocoa and burnt toast, maybe a touch of coconut as it warms. Medium on full bodied with really low carbonation - this all comes together beautifully; honestly a really, really fine body and feel with a wet finish. Iím kinda torn on this beer, on one hand I really dig it, on the other, I think itís an absolute strikeout for the style. Fuck it, grading to taste.