rajendra82 (1029) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer came in a an impressively styled wire caged, and cork sealed bomber, and the Game of Thrones insignia was an unbelievably enticing draw to me. Deep brown pour was opaque, and the beer quickly formed an impressive looking, four finger thick khaki head in the Duvel tulip glass. The smell was a mix of Belgian Dark and American Stout styles, with some sweet fruits like cherries, and plum, mixed in with aromas of coffee and hops. The taste was closer to the Belgian side of things, as the fruits observed in the nose were the most prominent flavors, until a grainy and astringent bitterness began to assert itself somewhat and ended in a note of American hops. The finish was pretty much mostly roasted grain. While intriguing, the two flavors were somewhat of a clashing influence upon each other. The mouthfeel was full and silky at first, before turning grainy. A good beer inspired by the best show ever.
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RedSox2004 (1586) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black with a half-finger tan head and wispy lace. Aromas of unsweetened dark chocolate and faint espresso. A bit of brown sugar sweetness up front with spices, roasted malt and toast. Medium body, minimal carbonation, oily mouthfeel and a dark fruit sweetness in the finish.
Marheb (4329) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(En fût au Lucky Baldwin’s): Chocolat au lait, mélasse, menthe et un enrobage de baguette brûlée. Les houblons terreux se mêlent très bien à la torréfaction foncée, suave corpulence également. Belle surprise.
aracauna (3404) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice beer. Licorice and roast. A slight smokiness lingers in the back. Not as heavy as expected from a stout this size.
Oakes (14830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the back of the fridge. Black. Light tan head. The aroma is both fruity/berryish and chocolatey. Fairly good balance of these elements on the palate, too. The chocolate is sweet, maybe a bit molassesy, and the blackberry fruit is a pleasant, unexpected accent. Bit fizzier than I might like but good beer.
oldrtybastrd (4886) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour. The aroma is of roasted malt, roasted nuts and dark chocolate. Burnt malt flavor, with some coffee tones, some chocolate comes through. A great bitter chocolate aftertaste.
JPDIPSO (5373) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of black malt, hints of earth, toasted dark rye and mild herbs. Dark brown with a smallish, tan head and decent lace. Feel is silky with a fine bubbled eff. Light sweet start, with bittersweet and dark chocolate. Mild dark toasted malt. Some woody licorice. Little bit of herbal hops. Bready yeast. Complex in some ways simple in others. Long herbal finish. 9/13
demannu (329) - New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with griatfy tan head. Some lacing as head dissapates. Earthy and roasty aroma, not overly bold though. Flavor is fairly complex. Earthy sweet chocolate, roasted malts, slight spice near finish. A little light in body but pleasant palate overall.
nearbeer (4668) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. Nose is oatmeal, char, dark chocolate, soy and anise. Opaque ebony body with a lasting film of creamy foam. First flavor has graham cracker, semi-sweet chocolate, and then turns to a pleasant hit of earthy roasted vegetable and prunes. Subsequent sips are dominated by the dark, earthy spice mix that soon becomes a too-dominant mix of tobacco, cardboard and licorice. Medium body is watery with a too-long bitter spice additive finish. Medium-high fizz that flares up in the mouth doesn’t help this one either.
IrishBoy (4070) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Costco Bakersfield. Nose is chocolate, coffee, floral, and a hint of vanilla and char. Black with a big heavy lacing tan head. Flavor is moderately sweet chocolate with a slight hint of bitterness, licorice, and dark fruits.
tnkw01 (1683) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, almost black. Nice three finger tan head. Nice tan lace. Aroma is dark roasted grains with slight hints if licorice. Taste is dark roasted, almost burnt grains.