kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Terminus of my Nimbus voyage and certainly the stop I most anticipated. Pitch black and topped in two fingers of the darkest brown foam I’ve seen, this oatmeal stout definitely appears sumptuous. The nose, however, tells a different story, a conversely unbalanced and awkward mélange of luscious chocolate, Kona coffee, oats and maple syrup with talcum powder, fresh leather and rubbing alcohol. A charred flavor develops on the palate, and again the malts interact maladroitly with sour pineapple, cherry and rubber. The combination could have been a success if it weren’t for the obvious tartness which unfortunately detracts from the whole experience. Even so, I found this stout to be the most enjoyable (or the least unpleasant) effort of the bunch.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darker than cola-like pour. Creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasty chocolate syrup, biscuity brownies. Nice and sweet with decent depth. Like roasty oatmeal stout candy. Flavor is more bland roastiness than anything else. Though, there are some hidden things coming out. Velvety oatmeal. Okay beer.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a black body with a tall ultra-creamy tan/brown head. Nice lacing. The aroma is roasty with notes of coffee, char, oatmeal. The flavor is roasty chocolate and black patent. The long finish of this beer is extremely charred. Light sweet notes of black licorice up front. Sweet, but I wouldn’t initially think Sweet Stout. The palate has a light tartness and has a dry roastedness. Subtle oatmeal feel.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle... Pours pitch black with a tiny, creamy, beige head. No retention. Lots of milk chocolate in the nose with some dark cherries and caramel. The flavor is medium bitter with lots of burnt notes and no residual sweetness, even when warm. Just a hint of acidity. Light to medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, moderately bitter finish. FlacoAlto provided the bottle!
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Flaco Alto for this. Jet black pour with 2-finger brown head. One of the browner heads you will ever see. Aroma of molasses, chocolate syrup, coffee, hoppy peppery hints. The taste is roasty malty, with chocolate and coffee, some anise and nut hints, and some peppery finishing hints. Medium palate with a creamy finish.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to FlacoAlto for the several Nimbus brews!
One of the most inky black beers I have ever poured! The head is resilient, rocky, and a rugged burlap color. The aroma is ROASTY, with bold suggestions of cold black coffee and baker’s chocolate. The flavor is just that, bitter oily black coffee, ash of oak, hint of vanilla and a light lactic tartness on the end. A nice beer… raw, real, and a nice mouth-feel!
sloth (2622) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small, light tan head, retention is good, lacing is stringy and thickly coating. Black bodied brew. Nose is faint roast, chocolate and a bit grainy. Med/light body with lightly oily mouthfeel. Roast and chocolate flavors are subdued, black malt? Dry maltiness and some dark fruits. Finish is dry and lightly roasty. Sense a problem with this beer as a bit of sourness is showing itself, somewhat distracting from the overall. Bottle received in a trade with cbkschubert, thanks Craig!
aracauna (3234) - Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black with a large tan head. The aroma is chocolatey and roasty with a mellow backup of the earthy hops. Nice big balance of flavors. Not a bad little stout here.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from cbkschubert. Black with a thin tan head. Coffee, dark chocolate and prune nose. Flavor is a tad weak, but pleasant - dark chocolate, coffee, some dark fruitiness. Dry bitter chocolate finish.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle thanks to Immy. Pours black with thick coffee head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Nose is slightly acrid, with chocolate and coffee. Flavor follows, a touch sour, with bitter in the finish. A little on the thin side.