DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out deep brown, almost black, and topped with a dark, creamy brown head which dissipates to thin, swirly lacing from the 17oz. bottle courtesy of StFun (thanks, Josh!): Wow. Heavenly! This thick nose carries you into a forbidden forest of luscious hops and raw cocoa nibs. Coldstone creamery angels pitch warm, red velvet cake batter thoroughly into a mix of flavors of succulent blueberries, raspberries, banana, peaches, and oozing caramel. Then the palate takes a delicate turn into mildly roasted oats and bitter chocolate fudge. A soft peak of bitterness at the finish and rounds out smooth, oily, and creamy. Drinkability: A delicacy. Pairing: Pour straight onto a huge pan of freshly baked, special brownies topped with Coldstone cake batter ice cream and a drizzling of caramel syrup. Rebuy: Ehm duh. #440 on 06052010, DG.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2014 Bottle courtesy of Dallas a few months back, shared with Pat and Andrew. Pours pitch black brown with nice brown lacing. Insane coffee roast, coffee bean, and roasted chocolate in the aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky and sticks to the tongue - notes of bold coffee roast, espresso, bitter chocolate, chocolate malts, and a slight hop presence.
Nickls (2356) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Poured a deep, dark black color...heavy looking. Shimmers of brown color, with a finger of chunkier tan head. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate, with a slight alcohol presence. Really good. Smooth roasted malts, chocolate and coffee notes as well. Sweetness helps override the booze, but the booze adds a nice warming quality. Creamy, viscous, and nearly silky in some respects. Pretty damn good drinking. Nice complexity and overall weight of the brew doesn’t hit too hard. Soothing and wonderful.
portableparty (2279) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark brown- black with a quick head. Aroma is strong coffee and coco. Taste is strong coffee and coco and bitter soy. Feel is slick yet chaulky finish.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
20100430 500ml bottle from Honeygo Nearly black, thick, goopy stuff that at the end of the bottle poured like a milkshake. Tall, sticky, dense brown head lasts. Aroma is massive with coffee, licorice, dark rummy booze, molasses, and some forest-like pine hints. When cold, this stuff was practically undrinkable -- all harsh coffee roast bittern acidity -- but with temp it opens up to a mildly sweetened coffee, black cherry, rum raisin, maple beauty without being too bitter, nor too sweet. Nice balance for a big stout like this. Unctuous feel with late prickly eff. Little similarity to the CCB Zhukov’s Final Push, and in fact I think quite a different take on how this coffee should be incorporated, as this one seems more focused on the beer, where CCB focused moreso on the adjunct. Both were delicious.
jtclockwork (14700) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth and complex stout. Oatmeal malts melt in your mouth like velvet. Blackish pour. Dough and caramel breads hit the nose. Rated 6/30/09
Rune (11036) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle, batch 391, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen almost a year ago. Dense, tan coloured head with solid foam stand lacing the glassware. The body is just black as coal. Exhibits a gorgeous aroma of coffee and cream-like chocolate. Comprehensive taste of dark chocolate malts, hints of liquorice, dark fruits, pine-like hops, and alcohol integrated with bitter coffee towards a long lived ending. Full bodied, however, not too heavy to drink. Very well balanced and a great pleasure to drink. Top-notch, indeed (rating no.3000)(shared with Finn, Tromsø 21.04.2010).
Finn (6269) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 0,5l som Rune spanderte. Svart som natta. Høyt mokkafarget kremaktig skum som varer lenge. Herlig aroma av kaffe&sjokolade. Oljeaktig følelse på tunga. Smaken er innholdsrik og sammensatt med litt krydder og litt fruktighet. Litt syrlig bitterhet etterhvert. Et velbalansert øl. Alkoholen veldig godt kamuflert.
glennmastrange (2647) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of toasted and strong coffee, moderate resin and earth for the yeast, with background notes of tar, alcohol, dust, solvent and a hint of anise. Head is frothy and rocky, brown, with fair lacing and good legs, and is almost fully diminishing. Coor is thick, opaque brown Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and faintly acidic, then the extra long finish is lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is ful, between creamy and syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a finish that’s moderately alcoholic, sticky, chewy, a little chalky and pretty chunky at the bottom of the glass. Beer and turds from a wild animal; two great tastes that taste great together! Seriously, this is a superb Imperial Stout with perfect mouthfeel and great balance in flavor.
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had been sitting on this bottle for a while and was really looking forward to cracking it open after tasting its younger brother... Pours pitch black with a dark brown head that fades slowly with good lacing, probably the darkest head i’ve seen... Nose is hoppy, but with chocolate, dark fruits, some alcohol and some roast. Very full flavored in the mouth. Piney hop bitterness is dominant with dark chocolate, deep fruits, and lingering bitter chocolate with a bit of alcohol. Smooth. This one was suprisingly hoppy, nice, but not really at all what i was expecting, and i must say i prefer Beer Geek Breakfast... Maybe he juiced it up with all the hops to mask the flavor of weasel crap...