DTM (775) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at City Beer in San Francisco. Poured almost black and had a burnt, nutty aroma. It was very bitter more my taste. Hints of chocolate and had a dry finish. Solid brew, just not really my style.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Steve’s house. Pours a deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Big piney, woody, dark chocolate, minty aroma. Somewhat bitter, dark chocolate, minty, sprucey, roasty, coffee flavor. Pretty fun beer but nothing crazy.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of nice dark fruit, licorice, mint, hints of dark chocolate, nice oak, slight earth and spice. Taste is a mix of mint, slight dark chocolate, hints of mint, herbal notes, slight oak, finishing bitter, slightly sweet.
SHIG (3403) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Poured a thick black sludge with light brown head. Soft hops, rich malts and mild coffee. Taste was nice mix of chocolate malts and coffee bean, the hops have melded well over the years providing a nice bitter touch.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.
S - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, cocoa, black licorice, molasses, coffee, earthy hops, vanilla, bit of dark fruit, and a bit of booze.
T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, bitter cocoa, black licorice, molasses, roasted coffee, earth hops and some bitterness, some dark fruit, vanilla, and a bit of booze.
M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick with a sweet, roasted, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Nice imperial stout. Good overall balance and complexity.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a jet black with a medium size brown head, and great lacing.
smell is of cocoa, a touch of vanilla, some nuts, and malt.
taste is of chocolate, malt, a little caramel in back, nuts, and some vanilla. ends smooth and a little bitter.
wchesser (989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at City Beer SF. Great nose of dried dark fruit, soy, dark roasted malt. Dark with oily head. Taste falls flat and doesn’t deliver on the nose. Is it the age?
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
7 ounce pour from City Beer Store. The aroma on this is super burnt, with significant toasted and roasted maktiness. Quite ashy. A little too ashy with too much anise present. Opaque black body with a medium light tan head present and some solid lacing. The beer starts dry, roasted, bitter, and ashy. Light chocolates notes are present in the middle, before this finishes bitter, dry, and with more ashiness. Quite astringent and super dry for my palate. Not a huge fan of this.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown/black/orange. Aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits, roasted malts. Flavour of smoke, caramel malts, lots of citrus hops. Bitter, dry, not much body.
larsga (5893) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium dark brown head. Opaque black body. Deep raisiny malts
and roasty chocolate aroma with milky earthy notes. Dry-sweet
roasty resiny dusty caramel taste with burnt rye crisp bread
notes. Fullish body. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry roasty
chocolatey earthy aftertaste with metallic dusty burnt notes.
Excellent! A year’s cellaring has only improved the harmony and
balance, with lots of deep, subtle flavours. (0.65l bottle, City
Beer, San Francisco.)