ElGaucho (2384) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Um, can. Complex aroma that offers milk chocolate and coffee. I’ve held over 1,000 beers up to light and this is one of perhaps less than a handful where absolutely no light gets through. As I was pouring it, it literally looked like engine oil coming out of a can of penzoil. A can vs. a bottle accentuated that visual, but I can’t remember seeing a beer this dark, this black. Light brown head, thin, but leaves an extensive maze-like coating on the glass. Tastes quite a bit like it smells. Very good although there’s something about it, an off aroma/flavor that I detect. I think I have identified it as pine nut. I’m not sure I like Oskar Blues’ Whoppers analogy, since that cheapens the stature that this brew could command. I’d have to say, though that, like their Dale’s Pale ale, there’s a considerable amount of quality and complexity in this brew, but also something subtle that keeps it from being even better. Is it the can? I doubt it. 98 IBUs reveal themselves as the palate recovers from the initial shock. Another outstanding brew from Oskar Blues.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to dchmela for the can! Finally tried this one. It was clear from the start why this is called Ten-Fidy: this poured oily black, taking a few seconds for a rich brown head to form. Thick and viscous. Roasty chocolate malt on the nose and a bit of hop presence. Overall, I just didn’t see much complexity in this beer. Was kind of a bitter roasty over-the-top stout. Not that that’s a bad thing, for sure. But it certainly didn’t blow me away. Think I’ll age my other can and see what happens.
marcus (8801) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark brown ale pouerd from a can with a modest brown head and a chocolate and alcohol aroma. This is a big and complex brew with all the dark flavors in the palette. They must have used all the ingredients in the stockroom for this brew. Drink it if you can find it. Tnanks to bhensonb for providing this one.
movezig (137) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 Wow. Absolutly amazing stout. Solid black pour at first head big bubbles then calms down to solid brown head. Nose is harsh charcole dark roasted malts. Flavors of raisins, dark chocolate, milk, coffee, toffee, sweet candy, and dark fruits. A nice alc burn as it warms in the snifter. So complex love it.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Pizza Port SB. Pours midnight black with a 1 cm cap of tiny brown cascading bubbles. Lovely rich aroma of coffee, bakerís chocolate, brownies, and tobacco. Earthy. Full, velvety mouthfeel. Taste is unbelievably good. Loads of dark and milk chocolate blended perfectly with strong, black coffee. Its tempered by the sweeter caramel malt and roasted oats. Its like eating a rich chocolate cake, while having a strong coffee and finishing it with a nice single-malt. Iím in love with this beer. If they don’t get cans of it in San Diego soon, there may be civil unrest.
bhensonb (13731) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Black color with a multifinger, really dark, tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and smooth burnt malt. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet burnt malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Maybe the sweet part suggests treacle. There is a light freshness that suggests fruit, but it has bitter burnt malt as a primary. Whoa. This is an extreme amount of flavor. Finish is just great tastes.
Lubiere (12553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A superb dark molasse stout with a thick speckled lacing dark moka head. A surprising hoppy aroma with notes of dark chocolate, and peaty finale. In mouth, visocus dark burned toast, bitter chocolate, good floral hops and grapefruits, very sustained bitterness, agressive yet welcoming, and a warm alcohol final! A superb example. Bought at Half Time, June 2008.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can (?). Poured an obsidian black with a one finger brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor was bitter with coffee and malt, but I didn’t get the chocolate. A little edgy compared to Expy and Stone RIS. A little chocolate in the flavor would have added greatly to the rating. Full body with soft carbonation. Great beer that is close to being epic.
Nephilium (1644) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has hints of roast, and a touch of astringent alcohol. Pours an opaque black with a nice cap of dark tan head on top. Flavor is strongly roasted, with finishing notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. A bit of sweetness in the beginning seems to be the only real drawback on the flavor. Nicely thick and creamy texture, with just enough carbonation to keep it from cloying. Overall a very good beer, and one I wouldn’t mind getting some more of to cellar, and to hand to people who just want something in a can.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colored brew. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee. Flavor is very bitter, roasted malts, dark chcolate and coffee, espresso. Very strong Imperial Stout. A bit too rough maybe, could use some smoothness.