tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/08/2011 50cl @ Klaas’ place (2011-378) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!
Dark brown to black beer, brown unstable head, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity hops, pineapple, citrus, mocha, roasted malts, caramel, bit sweet. MF: light carbon, medium to full body, bit syrupy texture. Taste: pretty bitter and hoppy start, citrus, fruity, pineapple, bitter. Aftertaste: hops, mocha, bit of coffee, caramel.
Hammy78 (749) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased at "The Village Beer Market" in Buffalo. Pours a dark, dark, dark, man this is dark beer. Huge tan head (about three fingers hight) that settles down to a thin layer, lots of spotty lacing here and there, and spots of residual sugar on the glass walls. Aroma is sweet and of fruit of the hop (LOL), but you then get that malty chocolate as well as coffee and some minor amounts of hops. Taste is fantastic, dark chocolate, oats, coffee, maltiness. Nice mouth feel, simply put its good stuff. I wanna try it for breakfast now.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Right down my alley with a steady strong bitterness of hops and dark chocolate mixed well with roasted malts. It reminds me of Hoppin Frog DORIS with it’s heavy hop profile, but with a slightly thinner body. Overall, an excellent, complex beer that gets much better as it warms.
reggiedunlop (3109) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with a huge head that looks like coffee ice cream...amazing retention and lacing. Aroma is extremely roasty with sweet dark chocolate, espresso, and maybe a hint of smoke?...subtle citrus. Flavor is similar...so roasty! Also some subtle but very resinous citrus at the end...floral! Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and thick with a long dry roasted finish. Very unique...so roasty but with an obvious very fresh hop flavor to balance it out...awesome.
tastybeer (1738) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy GT2. Pour is black with an impressive tan head, good lacing. Aroma is hops, chocolate, coffee. Taste is very hoppy with dark chocolate, bitter coffee. Actually quite nice. Palate is quite soft, bitter, easy to drink.
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL. Probably should be moved to the Black IPA category. The pour is a deep brune looking black with a healthy, larger, tan head erupting with marshmallow creme density and large webby lacing. Nose is hop forward with apple cinnamon butter, pine, waxy dark chocolate, raspberry truffle, citrus bitters, noticeable grapefruit hoppiness. Taste is waxy dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, raspberry truffle. Palate is wickedly soft, medium to light bodied, with mild lactic tartness in the finish. Really nice.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour black with coffee brown head nice lace. Aroma huge citrus, pine, resiny hops, cocoa, roast, coffee, and chocolate WOW. Taste super roast, chocolate, coffee, quite bitter, citrus, resiny hops, pine, cocoa. MF medium to full creamy body nice carb. Wow ridiculously good probably a great benchmark for all Cascadian Darks outstanding.
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a huge brown head. Very hoppy aroma, dominated by simcoe, if I’m not mistaking, roasted malts and coffee. The flavours are dry and bitter bordering on being harsh - but still highly enjoyable if you’re into a high dose of bitterness. I liked the original version better.
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 50 cl. black with a large foamy brown head with good durability. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, dark roast with roasted malt. notes of smoke is sensed. The taste seems at first a little heavy and sweet, but it turns out to be a nice well-hopped beer, which interact with the sweet tongue and makes a fantastic stout.
crossovert (7563) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It could have been a disaster. Instead it is a decent imperial stout with some hop overtones.