yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: Very nice flavor and aroma, nice and smooth. Not syrupy but easy to drink. I wish I had more of this one to really get the full effect.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black beer. Rich sweet dark malty aroma. Chocolate, cocoa, leather and rich chewy malts. Earthy and cherry fruitiness. Lovely rich brew.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate and nuts. The palate is actually a little thin. The flavor is nice, mostly bitter chocolate, roasted malt and a crisp finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared with my brother who brought this back from a recent trip to Alaska. Pours an oily black with a thick brown head that proves very durable. Dark chocolate and rich roasted coffee aroma with some subtle woody notes. Full body, light carbonation, a little oiliness, and an enjoyable chewiness combine in a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced between the dark maltiness and a softly bitter dry finish. The oak aging isn’t a major statement, but rather a subtlety that adds to the complexity. Too bad this doesn’t make it down to the lower 48 on a commercial basis. Because of that, it’s flying pretty much under the radar.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 Vintage. Was a really wonderful Imperial Stout my only complaint about that beer was that it smelled very alcoholic. Probably needs to sit for a year or two to smooth that out. Anyway, I really enjoyed the mellow yet bold and full flavored body. Definately a nice brew.
IrishBoy (3923) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bomber from puzzl! Nose of chocolate, light vanilla from the BAing, and the woodiest nose of any BA beer I have had; opaque black, brown edges, with a beautiful medium cinnamon-tan head; flavor of chocolate, oak, light coffee and bready notes, Alcohol well covered with a bit of hop bitterness for the finish.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sample from irishboy)black body with a bubbly brown head.the aroma is made of cocoa,chocolate,coffee,,smoke,roasted malt,and oatmeal cookies.the flavor is a nice mix of the aroma with some marsh mellows and a hop finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black, fine brown head, drippy lace,
rich dry dark chocolate aroma with a hot alcoholic edge,
big creamy body,
huge dark chocolate flavor, balanced with the roasted, lots of rich ripe fruit comes upon warming, licorice sweetness, alcohol is always present but stays in the background
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this beauty. 2007 version...
Appears black with caramel brown edges and a dark tan head. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, cocoa, vanilla, mocha, and oak.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a peanut flavor that is also standing out in the complex flavors.
Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, raisiny, bourbony, and outright beautiful. This one is a winner. Seek it out.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with puzzl (thanks!!!). 2007 vintage. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, vanilla, chocolate, oak, light coffee, and dark fruits. Tastes of roast, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, and chocolate. Creamy and smooth body. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice.