gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Can, courtesy beastiefan2k. Not a great start to drinking this beer, as my white shirt got sprayed with a black-as-night imperial stout upon cracking open the can. Oh well. Pours as black as mentioned, with wet lacing, and a bubbly, well-carbonated head. Smoky aroma and roasted coffee. Toffee, too. Chocolate is rich and tells me that this is going to be delicious. Roasted, thick, juicy, chewy malts. Yummy. Big on smoke and coffee. And a delightful, well-balanced hoppy aftertaste. Drinking this beer is like chewing on braids of caramel and taffy. Roasted finish stays in the mouth for hours, maybe days. Very good, and way too drinkable, too. Awesome!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big shout-out to jrob_21 for this can. Pours black with a medium brown head dissipating to a ring within 20 minutes. Aroma of fudgey chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, butterscotch and a huge dose of planty pine hops. Aside from the hops (which I’d prefer to fade) the maltiness on the nose has me pretty psyched. Fudgey flavor is there, along with a bit of acidic coffee astringency, caramel, dirt, leaves, bitter tobacco-y earthy hops, noticable oats too. Finishes with an initially nice nutty flavor which gets quickly taken over with burnt pine and an ashy aftertaste. Thick and creamy texture, but not viscous really, medium carbonation. There’s some sort of clash between dense fudgey malts and astringency here. Still though, this beer’s very pleasant in the end.
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: pours a thick, sludgy, motor oil looking black with a nice thick, tan head, aroma of roasted malts and coffee, taste is malty with notes of coffee and chocolate, just the lightest hint of some hops as well, very smooth beer. I will certainly look to pick this beer up again!
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to Sparky27. Pours a pitch black with nice dark tan head. Laces the glass as you drink it. Smells like chocolate oatmeal, coffee, and some wonderfully roasted malts. Has a creamy heavy mouthfeel. I should be using a straw to drink this syrup. Tastes of dark chocolate, some alcohol, and has a hop finish. Yummy brew. If only all canned beers tastes like this one I’d buy cans all the time!
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darkness. Rich chocolate brown, ultra-dense 2" cream head. Outstanding looking. Aroma mildly of chocolate and cocoa with a fairly significant amount of PNW hops and some tinniness. Deep chocolate and cocoa flavor, but the PNW hopping interferes. I still do not understand the appeal of these highly hopped stouts as the hops interferce with the deeper malts. Perhaps this will improve over time as the hops mellow. As is, the hops and roast grate against each other as two diametrically opposed forces, and there is otherwise a lack of complexity and malt development.
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
can from the wooden keg. This company is gaining momentum in my area and the ten fidy is a reason why. Pours solid black with burnt red edges. nice thick head with big brown bubbles. smells sweet and roasted. taste is dark chocolate, hickory, coffee and oats. great beer all around looking forward to another 4pack.
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can courtesy of peabody. Poured into a snifter. Pitch black with no highlights and a super dark brown head of about 2 fingers. Great retention with some solid lace.
Aroma is a really rich, bright, milky chocolate, with almost a graham cracker sweetness to it. No roastiness or booze, just delightful chocolate.
Taste leads you to believe it is similar to the aroma for about a millisecond before slamming the tongue with roasted coffee. A nice herbal hop bitterness melds well with the roasty bitterness to create a dry, lingering finish that has a bit of anise to it.
Mouthfeel is huge and chewy yet soft, with the perfect amount of carbonation. A very drinkable RIS.
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
black pour with a 1 finger chocolate colored head. strong malt scent with chocolate and light hops. thickness is awesome and the roasted malts really shine thru in the aftertaste. slight hop flavor with nothing but roasted malts and coffee.
malrubius (1849) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce can in pint glass. Blacker than Dick Cheney’s soul with dark brown head and lotsa lace. Dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookie and earth aroma. Roasted chocolate, coffee, espresso, mild fruit and mild bitter finish. Lingering espresso bitterness. Full body and low carbo. Yeah, it’s great.
guzzler67 (1525) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black licorice appearance with a medium size, multicolored head showing different layers of tan and light brown; lacing was good. Roasted malt aroma of coffee and dark choclate. Earthy flavors of toffee, chicory, caramel and semi sweet chocolate. Respectably hopped with a bitter bite in the aftertaste. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel leading to a long lasting, very satisfying finish.