dalekliz (884) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a huge tan head that lingers. Big aroma, of roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, and a wine bite. Taste is complex, with sweet malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee, wood, sour grapes, and booze. Lingering wine and malt notes. Nicely balanced.
Crit (3420) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, nice tan head.Nose of roast,chocolate,licorice notes. Softly carbonated roast profile.Hints of anise & dark fruits.Medium aloholc heat, big bitter end
JohnnyRay (11) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2013 The beer poured a rich dark brown, almost black with a touch of red at the bottom of the glass. There was a very thin layer of head which faded to nothing.
The smell was of chocolate & coffee, maybe bit of malt.
It tasted amazing, really complex with chocolate, coffee, oak & roasted malt combining for a very enjoyable smoky, lasting, warming flavour. The alcohol was well hidden.
Well worth the purchase - I’ll look for this one again.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA, USA.. Essentially black with a thin, interestingly-almost-white head. Nose is sweet and rich, a lot of dark fruit aroma. Favor is sweet with decent complexity of dark dried fruit and roast, maybe even candy sugar and bubble gum. The harshness of hop, alcohol and burnt malt one might come to expect in an imperial stout is much milder in this beer. Rich but deceiving in its alcoholic strength. Enjoyed this try.
sjohnny (399) - - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wood, malt, wine aroma. Pours very dark with a quickly fading tan head. Slight smoke (from the oak?). Red wine dryness countered with a rich velvet feel at the same time. Roasty. Malty. Hints of esters and a bitter cocoa sensation on the finish. Interesting combination. Very nice.
Dansrc51 (46) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer. Pours black with a slight rose color in the head. Strange mix of aromas from grape to coffee. Heavy palate with a dry finish
djd07 (3976) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts awhile. The aroma is strong roast, oak, and dark chcolate. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, oak and light smoke with lingering dry finish. Very good.
Bule (918) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark black color without much head. Flavors of chocolate, but a little harshness from the alcohol.
htnicholas (50) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12.7oz bottle. Jet black with a tan well retained head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, and raisins. Carbonation is light and the mouthfeel is slick and slightly oily. The initial taste is slightly sweet with chocolate, coffee, malt and a very slight oaky pinot noir flavor. The body is medium heavy and does not have much hop bitterness. The finish retains the slightly sweet flavor with a balanced coffee bitterness. No heat or alcohol character. An outstanding and extremely drinkable beer. I will seek out more of this beer for sure!!!
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bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
black with a small tan head and very long retention. aroma reminds me of a quadrupel but without the yeastiness. dominated by raisins and dates, roast, some woodiness, toffee, sugar, chocolate. very sweet, medium bitter, very light tart. full body, slick feel, soft carb, slightly hot.