Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
These are right up there with the beers from Surly in terms of things I enjoyed most from a can. The color of the pour is right on, although I found the level of carbonation to be a bit extreme and to compromise the quality of the beverage a bit. Notes of rum-soaked cherries and port blend with semisweet chocolate, oatmeal, and cocoa powder. There’s a viscous mouthfeel and a solid warming finish that shows it’s alcohol just a bit too well. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout, albeit one without all of the complexity of a Surly Darkness of FFF Dark Lord.
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am a big Imperial Stout fan and I felt this was lacking something. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good beer, but missing that first rate dark malty flavor that would push this over a 4.0 rating.
BigJoe7231 (25) - Schererville, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the only Oskar Blues I’ve ever had...and found it by accident at Brickskeller in DC. A thick black pour, with a slightly thin head. The presence of alcohol is definitely displayed, but nicely camouflaged under the pleasant taste of smokey chocolate and coffee. A sweet bittery finish, but not overwhelming.
TheJester (2303) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 mL can. Black, with a medium-sized brown head. The aroma is not as strong as I expected, and consists of sweet chocolate, roast, and a touch of citrus hops. In the flavour there is an initial hit of alcohol, then lots and lots of roast, then dark chocolate, followed by maraschino cherry syrup, and finally a slight astringency. Some hop btterness in the finish. Incredibly smooth and creamy. I love these guys.
GRM (3503) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can, 355 ml, gift from Philippe Boutin in August 2008, savoured on August 28 2008; eye: black as used oil when you have an oil change, viscous, opaque, dark brown head that falls and turns into a ring, lacing; nose: roasted malt, molasses, candied fruits, hops quite present, strong coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, light pepper, light alcohol, light smoke; mouth: thick, viscous, roasted malt, lots of resinous hops, dark chocolate, strong coffee, molasses, liquorice, light pepper, light alcohol, light smoke, finale in roasted malt with a big presence of hops, quite astringent, quite bitter, full body, oily texture, not much carbonation; overall: quite good
Canette, 355 ml, cadeau de Philippe Boutin en août 2008, savourée le 28 août 2008; œil : noire comme l’huile usée lors d’un changement d’huile, visqueuse, opaque, mousse brune foncée crémeuse qui tombe et se transforme en un petit anneau, dentelle; nez : malt rôti, mélasse, fruits candis, houblon bien présent, café fort, chocolat noir, réglisse, léger poivre, léger alcool, léger fumé; bouche : épaisse, visqueuse, malt rôti, beaucoup de houblon résineux, chocolat noir, café fort, mélasse, réglisse, léger poivre, léger alcool, léger fumé, finale en malt rôti avec une grosse présence de houblon, pas mal astringente, pas mal amère, corsée, texture huileuse, peu carbonatée; en résumé : pas mal bonne
Meikman (5) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Partial to impy stouts, I was eager to try this one today. The head is really bubbly, yet its smoothly carbonated. It lingers on and on, and gets better toward room temp. A continuous lace. Thick and chocolaty with a late sting. This beer helped me understand the "blood" beer adjective. A nice, nice brew.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one fine imperial stout. Pours very thick with frothy, bubbly head. Heavy lacing and mouthfeel is terrific - oily and chewy - flavor lasts forever. Aroma of dark fruit and alcohol yet flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. Only slightly less thick than a Dark Lord and if not for a hint of cherry, flavor is close to that par level (more bitter yet much lower ABV). Tried from a pint glass and also a snifter - much better from a snifter. This is a real winner.
Pompey (42) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light to very light head, aroma of treacle and molasses and a touch of roasted barley. What a lovely mouth feel -- big, full bodied, with a minimum of carbonation. Toasted caramel, toffee and earthiness wrapped into a juicy thick package that is sweet enough to almost hide the 10% alcohol. One of my favorite stouts. I had it at the brewery in Lyons and have had it in the cans too. The canned version is almost identical to the on tap one. I can’t wait to take this skiing as it’s ideal for a winter warmer...
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fingers crossed this makes it out west. Stellar brew. As other notes state, coco, coffee, roasted malt with very slight sweet and vanilla. Where this wins for me is the texture and thickness though refreshing and never feeling that heavy.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
can thanks to RCL. poured a used motor oil black with a chocolate brown head leaving some lacing. aroma was chocolate, dark roast grains, and alcohol. flavor was great with chocolate, some good bitter, and a nice blend of alcohol. had an oily finish with very low carbonation. GREAT STUFF!!