Foxbush (1488) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Brewpub The stout poured a deep rich black with tan head and some lacing. This was a special beer. The aroma of chocolate and coffee dominated your nose. The medium body beer had average carbonation. The earthy taste of chocolate and coffee were balanced with an ABV of 10%. The high alcohol was deceptive for this well brewed stout. The finish lingered in your mout with chocolate and coffee. This was a joy, when on the island give it a try.
ClarkVV (4216) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Redbones on 4/1/06
Opaque, unfiltered looking, coal-black body defies attempts to find any other coloring in the liquid, though it was late at night with the light dimmed very low. Head is large, but manageable, of a tan color, well-retained and creating light lacing.
Aroma shows a strong chocolate note, quite sweet with balancing floral notes, fresh pine/wintergreen and light juicy fruits that form the hop balance. Earthy, crusty, dry, singed barley in a tasteful amount provides glimpses in to a deep darkness, but lightly playful coconut and more citric hops bring me out of my reverie. The roast is so well understated, it’s there, but it lurks underneath allowing sweet malts room to roam, really filling the senses. You can certainly smell the unpasteurized and fresh character of the beer as well.
Flavor opens up quite surprisingly to me. Much more chocolate fudge, German chocolate cakiness than expected from the aroma, with the hops bringing more of the drying balance than roasted/black malts. Ok, fine with me. Hops are flavorful, with only light sparks of resin, and plenty more of the deep floral-juicy citrus notes. More flavorful than bitter. Some light roast, with tresses of vanilla round out the edges, giving relief from the chocolatey-sweet malts and adding a distinct bitter cocoa note. No dominance by the barrel, great malt balance all around and liberal, but yet tasteful hopping. Mouthfeel is bold and creamy, quite chewy with moderate to low carbonation. Glad I made it for this one. Touch of alcohol warming, but otherwise very well-masked. Awesome job, Matt.
OldGrowth (2914) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Redbones. Good nose, Roasty sweet. Chocolate, coffee. Brownish black color, small head with nice lacing all the way down. Bittersweet flavor, like aroma. Got a little citrus bitterness too. Medium bodied, oily creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Brewer has said he hopes to get this in a bottle someday, that would be a great day.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
XBF06: Black with a tan head, cofffee and chocolate in the aroma, medium bodied with fizzy carbonation, sweet earthy taste. The barrrel aging is not very apparent.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noire foncée, énorme mousse blanche concassée laissant de belles traces sur le rebord du verre. Grains de café huileux, vanille et fort dégagement de vapeur d’alcool. Malt rôti et houblons amérisant se camouflent sous l’alcool à la réminiscence de whisky. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, texture huileuse en bouche, finale très alcoolique. Échantillon en fut, American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005.