keanex (1475) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Jet black body with a creamy tan head on top. Head fills out the glass nicely and retains it’s shape for a bit.
Aroma: Oak a slightly tart cherry aroma come out first, hints of semi-dry wine and bakers chocolate next and last is a dash of dark chocolate, pine and roasted coffee. Very complex, though a bit dry on the aroma and has me thinking this may be astringent.
Taste: Creamy flavors of mocha and roasted, mildly astringent, coffee blend with hints of semi-dry fruity notes from the pinot along with a light dryness of oak tannins. The finish is long with a chalky chocolate flavor, like powdered bakers chocolate. Very nicely balanced beer, I really enjoy this.
Palate: Creamy body with mild carbonation.
Overall: This isn’t a huge stand out, but I love how creamy the body is and how smooth the flavors meld into each other. Definitely a beer I’d love to try again and again. Well done!
BREWMUSKCLES (2257) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
the good stuff. powerful licorice chocolate and coffee well balanced and smoothed out. rich mocha head. rich body what can you say great beer. busy enough there is no sense of alcohol.
jimhilt (2412) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light brown, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark roasted malt nose, flavor is earthy malts and bitter chocolate, hints of pinot noir. $5.00 for a caged & corked 375ml green bottle from Vinodivino Needham, MA.
Derek881 (1009) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass to drink. The beer had a wetter, watery pour with a very dark brown to black color with a deep brown-ruby red hue and a smaller, dark tan creamy head with shorter retention, but very good cling and lacing. Its aroma had strong toasty notes of chocolate, coffee and mocha, some molasses and caramel, along with some earth and oak tones. The taste was a blend of lightly sweet chocolate and caramel that quickly yielded to a strongly bitter coffee and oak effect. A beer with a thick, watery mouthfeel and consistency, but quite dry and intense on the palate with a noticeable presence of alcohol. Very strong, deliberate flavors; my first official beer from New Zealand.
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light dry bitter notes is perfectly balanced against some nice vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt with some light dry bitter notes and some excellent vinous notes which really don’t clash. Light black chocolate notes can also be detected. Body is light for style with perfect carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Magnificent marriage of different flavours.
Sledutah (4919) - Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7oz c&c dark green bottle picked up at North Boulder Liquor
Pours dark brown with a very small tan ring and spotty lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, oak and leather. Flavors of roasted malts, sweet caramel, woody, chocolate with a nice bitterness in the finish
A nice solid beer, tasty
graham_murphy (288) - - MAY 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly, probably the best stout I’ve ever had. Delicate tastes of chocolate and coffee. Also a slight sweetness but not as overpowering in that regard as many imperial stouts are. Balanced. Subtle. Goes down very easily. It’s expensive but I can see why.
koleminer20 (623) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. 375 mL bottle shared at a tasting on 5 May. The pour is dark brown with some lighter ruby or garnet notes shinking through and a lighter tan head with some decent lace retention. The aroma has a strong fruity presence with good dark fruits. Raisins and plums for sure. There is also a great dark roasty malt and light caramel appeal to this. The flavor is a little more bitter and there is a light licorice presence. The dark fruits and caramel malts seem to dominate the flavor. The mouth feel is surprisingly thin, but the medium deep carbonation definitely helps. The aftertaste lingers a bit, and finishes nice and dry.
odinstyr (561) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown black with barely any head. Smells of chocolate, bread, hint of floral. Taste is sweet, moderately bitter - hint of smokiness. Dark red wine, hint of chocolate, faint coffee.
dmac (4080) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz (I think) c&c bottle from Crossroads. Poured a dark black body with an average sized creamy beige head that never died despite about an hour of slow sipping. Aroma is charred barrel, red wine, old chocolate and burnt toast. Thinner body with super light carbonation and a touch of heat, almost has a nitro pour feel about it. Flavor is a touch better than the aroma. Notes of red wine, roasty, charcoal, old chocolate, burnt toast.