durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2 for 2 with this brewery so far. Worth $14.99/four pack, which is what they’re on sale for at Whole Foods. The regular $18.99/four pack is pretty rough. Poured into a Duvel tulip, this sucker created a nearly two-inch head, even with the softest pour. Black body and creamy tan head. Nose shows vinous notes as well as cocoa... dark fruits coming through and some oak. Taste runs sweet to nicely cocoa bitter and just a hint of sour wood/fruit at the end. Long finish and great complexity. Soft palate.
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a white film. The aroma Is mostly chocolate with some sour notes, the taste is sweet cocoa with some sour notes at the finish.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Label says "very strong", they werent kidding. Oil black pour with a tan head. Viscous pinot nose, flavour follows with more red wine notes, some mocha coffee, and heavy roast malt. Slick, flat mouthfeel/body. Resinous, smokey, oaky, woody tannins and savoury in the finish. Bud light it aint.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Another nice Moa. More of an easy drinking imperial stout, more dark fruits and vinous qualities than most. Probably from the Pinot barrel. Light mocha, cococa character. Creamy, oaky finish. Unique and enjoyable.
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wood, wine, and roasty aromas from this dark brew. Big, thick tan head is persistent. Full body flavor of wood, sherry, and blackened malts. Finishes dry and sweet.
MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from AJ’s Arcadia. Huge, giant head of tan foam! Wouldn’t quickly dissipate, either. Once I got thru the foam, a big aroma of red wine, black cherries, plums, slight sourness, coffee & chocolate hit me. Flavors almost exactly the same- big, in-your-face dark fruits & vinous characteristics. Followed closely by some chocolate, coffee & roasted flavors taking a backseat. In the finish, I get more vinous tartness & a good hop bitterness. Very interesting stout. Would like it more if mellowed out a bit & way less carbonation. Otherwise, a great, great brew!
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffe, molasses, red wine, dark dried fruits and smoke. Black hue with a large light tan head that stuck around and left great lace. Flavor is medium sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall a nice brew with a complex nose. The palate is way too carbonated for me though. I like the idea and wouldn’t ever turn one down.
Pdubyah (634) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 The Stout market is well served with some very very good offerings, and I’d love to say that this was one of them. The presentation is magnificent, and you could get the impression that they’re hoping that appearance counts for a bit. Sadly the contents don’t appear to be able to reach the same wonderment that the packaging promises. Shame that.
and then in February I had this again, and I’m a changed man, enjoying this and thinking it was a bit of alright. Seriously alright
Dredd (812) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer. Jet black with thin tan head. Some slight hints of berry in an otherwise coffee led aroma. Flavour is viscous, oily with coffee and mocha flavours with again a hint of berry sweetness in there. Finish is long, powerful and smooth. Wonderful stuff.
mkel07 (5152) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Thick and black like oil with a big fluffy head of dark tan foam that takes a while to settle. Surprisingly mild aroma for such a big beer however the flavour more than makes up for the aroma.