jcartamdg (1989) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick black with a thin off white head. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, smoke. Taste is bakers chocolate, light smoke, molasses and coffee. The smoke is present but not overwhelming. Really good.
bhensonb (11099) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours dk blk/brn with a slight tan head. Aoma is near bacon smoke with very dark malt. Full bodied. Flavor is dirty smoke, dark treacle (but not a lot), and some coffee. Nice, tasty ale.
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a tiny tan head and a treacle and smoke aroma. There is a bitter smoky dark molasses flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish. Interesting.
SlovakSniper (3184) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noire robe très visqueuse et col brun très foncé. Dentelle largement représentée. Nez riche de caramel et de chocolat avec une touche de réglisse et une bonne bouffée de fumée et, de façon plus légère, de cendre. Bon goût riche de malts noirs doux mais aussi bien rôtis et bien fumés. Petite pointe de fruits et/ou de réglisse. Bouche de moyenne densité avec un pétillement bas et une texture bien crémeuse. Finale amère de grains fumés et de houblons américains. Plutôt facile à boire. Appréciable comme tout. Véritablement, il s’agit d’un impérial stout.
slowrunner77 (2307) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woodsmoke aroma blends with rich dark malts and a bit of dark fruit/fig sweetness on the nose and palate. Odd mix that, but it works. Rich almost to the point pf cloying but not quite, and the smoke cuts the roast and sweetness nicely. Drinks like an imperial stout.
Bill Becker (334) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Craft Shack for this bottle.
Pitch black the colour is, 2 finger head of tan, lacing...fine it tis.
Deeply malty, a mix of caramel and milk chocolate. Smoke? Sure is light in the nose.
Wow. The 2 malty tastes I get in the smell are greeted by a healthy smokey flavour that blends SO well with the malt both sweet and roasted. Some of that chocolate must be dark as I get some bitter notes in the finish and the long lasting aftertaste.
Medium body, ditto for the co2.
This is delicious. I see it is 56 IBUs, that explains the bitterness. The 8.4% abv is hidden rather well.
Mrnoluv (158) - long beach, California, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee, coca smell, beautiful dark, brown head color. The taste is that bitter coffee kick, good sweetness, it’s almost a milk stout without the creamy milk flow. I like this beer. The closet to a milk stout without being one .
Ernest (6223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, nuts), with notes of sawdust, smoke/ash, tar, rubber, alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Surprisingly disappointing, as this is typically a pretty solid brewery. Overly phenolic nose and rather harsh and burning in the mouth...seems 10% or over.
StefanSD (2137) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dense viscous black color with a small brown head that slowly recedes to nothing. The aroma is big and bold with smoke, anise, chocolate, cocoa brownies and ashy burnt grains. The taste is bitter hops forward with a big bite of earthy bitter walnuts, this is followed up by smoked grains, anise, burnt toast, cocoa and chocolate syrup. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering roasted bitter walnuts. Overall: Top shelf stuff.
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from City Beer San Francisco shared with drsordr. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized dense khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have meaty smoked malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee notes, some molasses and char bitterness to the finish. I loved Barfly and this is pretty darn good itself.