ineedbeer (1225) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is a balanced blend of roasted malts and dark fruit. You get a decent amount of chocolate and a light coffee note. There is a lot of prunes, dried cherries and a hint of raisin in the aroma. A medium low alcohol aroma is also present. The beer is starting to show some signs of oxidation with a vinous sherry note forming.
Pours black with a thick dark mocha head that steadily recedes fairly quickly leaving a light film in the center and a ring on the edges. Faint lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is rather enjoyable. The dark malts have a bit of a toasted cracker flavor to them to go along with the light coffee and moderate chocolate flavor. There is a decent amount of dark fruit esters in the flavor as well with prune and raisin being more prevalent than cherry. By this point in time the hop flavor has completely faded if there ever was one. Bitterness is moderate and astringency is low. Medium light alcohol note in the finish - lighter than the nose leads you to believe. Finishes fairly dry which is nice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Astringency is quite low and alcohol warmth is moderate.
This beer is pretty darn good. It's not amazing and I understand why it isn't highly sought after, but it is solid and very enjoyable. I found the flavor to be quite good and better than the aroma. I like that it doesn't feel like it has a terminal gravity of 1.035.
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finol (2496) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle, trade with runtime.
Smooth and sweet, taste of chocolate, vanilla and rosted malts. Balanced and drinkable.
hirigalzkar (2553) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Arom has got notes of milk chocolate, nuts and mild christmasy spices. Taste is quite mild for a beer with notes of coffee, milk chocolate and salmiak. Very soft texture.
Malin_aiisa (231) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Thanks finol.
Dark brown, brown small head.
coffee, caramel aroma.
sweet rich taste. Some coffee bitterness. Smooth feel.
vjohans (481) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks finol! caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, woody, vanilla, black, brown foam, hazy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish
Countbeer (5318) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (50cl): Thanks Moyman: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees Celsius:
Black beer with a small brown head.
Aromas of liquorice, prunes, light oatmeal, bay leaf, some roast...
Flavours of roast, bay leaf, bitters, raisin, hints of dark fruits and flowers, some rye, liquorice and liquorice candy a like tones...
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, roast, liquorice, some raisin and liquorice.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied.
Dedollewaitor (14648) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Odense Tasting January, 2015. Trade with Heyta. Thanks. Pours black with a creamy head. Roast, coffee, salty licorice and ashes. Full bodied. Smooth and soft. Nice
billcarleton (6) - MEXICO - DEC 30, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the third beer to hit my palate this evening after an extremely floral IPA and Bourbon Stout, so opinions will surely vary in comparison to my experience:
On tap at Eli Cannons, Middletown. Very strong coffee aroma, out of balance with the cacao, chocolate malt and vanilla on the nose.
This yearís brew has a lighter head than previous oneís, minimal carbonation, broken down quickly by the presence of coffee. Served in a 12oz snifter.
Most of all I was surprised that I didnít get the slight burn from the alcohol followed by the plum characteristics that Iíve come to love and expect with this brew over the years.
Iíll be sure to try it again, first brew on the palate, as soon as possible.
b3shine (6616) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (2011 vintage, shared by LitoIPA). Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
fishonmyplane (503) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An impossible beer to find, even in CT - props to all the ratebeerians out there for searching, trading, burglarizing, and whatever else it took to get those bottles. Anyway, IST has a great flavor if you like bitterness, with plenty of roasted malt and resin hop flavor. Assertive. It is really dominated by roasted malt, with bitter coffee and just a bit of chocolate malt. Pretty smooth. This was not crafted with balance in mind, but itís delicious, and the intense roasty bitterness is palatable because they had the foresight to keep the ABV under 9%. An epic beer, worthy of the hype.
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at First Sunday. Incredible aroma that is rich and chocolatey and roasty malt. Flavor comes through as much the same, smooth and rich chocolate again. Subtle and smooth. Very drinkable.