Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mtn Sun. Pours a very dark brown with a half finger of coarse brown head. Settles in minutes with moderate amounts of lacing. Aroma is roasted, dark malt, chocolate malt, roasted oats, slight coffee. Flavor is hoppy and sweet up front with fruity tones fading into roasted malt, dark malt, nutty, cocoa, roasted oatmeal, slight vanilla and fruity tones. Mild alcohol in the finish but overall is well masked considering the ABV. Soft carbonation, medium to full body, and smooth texture. A strong, rich, intense, delicious beer.
Steve_0 (3743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Vine Street. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and sticky lacing. Roasty, cocoa nibs, some coffee, a touch earthy, and bready aroma. Taste is big roast, light grapefruit hops, some oranges, espresso, a touch of vanilla, and rye bread with a medium bitter finish. No signs of alcohol. Medium body with medium carbonation. Tasty though almost Black IPAish
JaffaHawk23 (76) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Have had on many occasions the last 3 years when visiting either Southern or Mountain. Nutty, sweet, and hoppy. My go-to stout every February.
sonnycheeba (4877) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, plums, raisins, black cherries, light spicy hops, and light woody notes. Flavor is roast malts forward with good.supporting earthy hops and dark chocolate with light coffee and dark fruit esters; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin tan head. Taste is hoppy upfront, then a complex blend of coffee, vanilla, and toasted malt.
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dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strongly sweet roast aroma with alcohol tones. Pitch black in color with tan head. Very sweet and intense stout with a great warming alcohol finish.
Notes: Pub visit during ’09 GABF
Ratman197 (12834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, roastiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, bitter chocolate, earthiness and light coffee with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.
Camons (9632) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Vine Street Pub, Denver. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Aroma is rather dry with roast malt, coffee, wood, cherries. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, cherries. Medium body, soft carbonation, dry finish. 240212
TAR (2628) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at several locations over the years: Penetrable ebony. Broken khaki head. Roast-heavy nose features complex but straightforward notes of chocolate mousse, rich java, burnt toffee and brown sugar. Some fruity plum esters along with a peachy hop scent. Creamy and pillowy carbonation. Full-bodied. Quite dense and weighty on the palate, with an aggressive chocolate-covered espresso bean and vodka-soaked fudge cake union. Thickset, well-textured malt is enlivened by an edgy zing of burnt-cookie char that lurks in the depths and provides lovely support. Smoky dab of espresso breaks the roasty monotony with a significantly clean vibrancy. Some clingy notes of taffylike yeast combine with black licorice, cassis and plum, though the potent roast, perhaps to levels of excess, forcefully persists and counterbalances the tackiness. No apparent chalkiness, however. Well-buried earthy hop bitterness deposits some citrus rind, though it dovetails nicely with the explosive roastiness. Closes substantially dry with intense char alongside softer nuances of taffy and fudge cake capped with a black-licorice tingle. While this IS complex (not a difficult feat in this particular style), it would perhaps benefit from a dialed-down sweetness and a more-finessed maltiness. Not overly characterful, but pretty solid.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at the brewery (Vine St) is thick black with tan head, aroma brings notes of anise, big, big anise with hints of roast, chocolate and coffee, nice dark fruit and earth notes come through as well. Taste is anise and dark figs, raisins and plums, touch of caramel and coffee, finishes fairly bitter with a great mouthfeel. This tastes like Abyss would if it wasn’t BA. Nicely done, though not quite my style of IS.