j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Andy’s for Paul’s birthday and Joey’s going away (and hopefully coming back at some point) tasting. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Cocoa and coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, chocolate and roast. Roast, sweet, chocolate, big bitterness. Long lingering bitter roast.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from bottle, black as night and though the nose hints at some hops, the dominant flavor is roast
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz from Northwest Liquid Gold. My first thought was that MS might try to sneak in a black IPA for at least a tad more continuity. But nope, this is a serious stout alright. Vibrant, slightly grainy looking dark brown pour with a huge, three-finger tan head that leaves an impressive web of retention in the glass. Aroma is initially redolent of molasses, a wee sprig of anise, and tons of deep roasted malts, all back up by an evident and intense hopping. Mouthfeel is initially way thick and sticky but soon becomes more balanced and drinkable. Taste is definitely kind of an inversion of the nose, with a lot of hop-forward activity up front and then the deep, darker flavors coming on slowly. But that’s a false distinction, as things are very balanced and well integrated overall. Nice stuff indeed.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, light coffee, and light hops. Poured pitch black in color with a small, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, piney hops, and resin. Medium to full body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, hop, pine, and resin finish. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nbutler with the hookup on 3/10/11.
red tinted black pour with a brown head. looks and feels a bit thin for the style (typically) but i quite enjoy that. especially in a crisp hoppy beast such as this.
smells like a bag of flour... wheat, chocolate, roast, spice, citrus, pine and hoppy bitterness.
the flavor is the same... creamy and smooth at first but very dry on the finish. lingering chocolate covered hops and barley. really nice.8/4/8/4/16/
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty sure miketd popped this one! Thx mike! Dark pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is pine, roast and chocolate. Resinous hops, chocolate, and subtle notes of coffee. A little astringent
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Nice aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt. Nice flavor - good pine and citrus hops. Well done, full body beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Ed Roberts, thanks man. Dark creamy pour with a little fluffy head. Aroma had hints of chocolate malt, but surprisingly had some nice hop hints as well. Easy drinking for a imperial stout. Was hoping for a over the top beer but was just sort of middle of the road.
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The complex nose is a luxuriant, earthy swirl of leather, tobacco, vanilla, fudge and caramel. Full-bodied and abrasive with moderate carbonation. The bittersweet flavor is more bitter than sweet - but only by a hair - and offers chocolate, charcoal and tanned leather. Finishes raspy, burnt, bitter, and then dry. Bottle courtesy of phaleslu!
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to savnac, thanks for another great beer Ira! Pour is intense black with a nice medium brown head that dissipates to a thin ring of tan foam. Aroma is certainly quite hoppy with pine dominating but a touch of citrus there as well. Aroma also has significant notes of tobacco, roasted toffee malt, and notes of red wine macerated dark fruit. Really a deep and soulful aroma. Flavor is initially pine hop and fairly light. Then the toffee malt kicks in strong with notes of coffee and roasted malt. Finish is long and notable coffee/ dark roasted malt. A touch bitter and quite long and lingering. Love the aroma, love the color, the palate is solid, but the finish is not my favorite. I tend to like smoother finishes. Not bad by any means, just a little too astringent for me. I did get used to it after more sips.