hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as can be with a thick pour, the oil reference is very appropriate here. Vanilla and chocolate as well as a bit of coffee fill the aroma. The taste is very good and the mouth feel is great. Chocolate malts and some bitter coffee pair with some nice hops to round this beer out.
badgerben (4483) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2007. Pours like a can of pitch black oil. Good aroma of oak and vanilla. Very bitter malt taste with a ton of piney hops. Not bad, but more hops than I care for in my stout. I know, I know… I’m insane… deal with it.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Imperial Stout pours a dark eclipse black color. Small sized tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A full bodied Imperial Stout, Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are earthy and floral. Good balance. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
GG (2140) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
NorCal tasting June ’07 - Thanks to goldtwins for sending me this hand bottle. I don’t think it’s fair to have this and Surly Darkness side by side, as this was the loser hands down. An aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, with coffee and a bit of dark fruits. Appearance was damn near perfect. Thick, viscuous, coating the sides of my glass, dark tan head. Mouthfeel was thick, but it lacked the creaminess I thought it would have, but instead just seemed a bit...cloying. Flavor was roated malts, dark fruits, molassess with an overly astringent bite that just sort of made this beer slightly above average instead of excellent.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to KP for bringing this to Noogfest III.
This is a solid imperial stout: jet black, with notes of coffee & chocolate. Nice creamy body.
Suttree (5195) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler at Noogfest III. This was my last review at Noogfest III, and unlike previous years, I can read it and actually remember drinking and enjoying the beer. Hooray self control! At any rate, This stuff is good. Lots of coffee and chocolate throughout, in both aroma and flavor. Very smooth, very viscous. Chocolate dominates as it warms. Really good.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Hand-bottled, courtesy of CaptainCougar) Pours a dark brown (almost black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted marshmallow, oatmeal, and some grapefruit. Flavor of hops, lactose, and roasted coffee with a bitter finish.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I finally decided to drink this, thanks goes to goldtwins for this hand bottled beer. poured black like used motor oil with 50 k miles on it with a small brown head. aroma big time chocolate with cocoa covering it, sweet dark cherries, malts more chocolate, coffee, port wine. flavor bitter sweet chocolate, malt balls, as it warms alcohol, and oats, malts chocolate, chocolate. by the way did I say chocolate.this was a very good beer, I would have like to have this fresh
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Hand-bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>CaptainCougar, thanks Tom!) A couple of small flaws but still excellent...Thick dark brown/black used motor oil pour. Very thin brown head recedes to a very thin layer and mostly around edges. Rich aroma of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, port, dark fruits, plum and cherry. Ah yes. Palate is smooth, rich, warm, a touch of chalky, and a tiny bit prickly. Very fine rings of weepy lacing. Taste is deep rich coffee, dark chocolate, port and plum. A bit of grassiness finished a few sips. Warmer sample reveals some slightly burned molasses. Bitter coffee and chocolate in lingering aftertaste. Very tasty.
ChainGangGuy (4392) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Appearance: Pours a thick, gunky black body with very creamy, very dark brown head. Check that out, huh?
Smell: Lush aroma of dark, hefty maltiness. Plenty of sweetened espresso, molasses, and rich fudge brownies that’ve been slightly undercooked so that they’re still warm and gooey in the center.
Taste: All at once, a thick, rich maltiness engulfs the tongue. Its definitely sweet. Chilled fudge-flavored pudding with a side of roasty espresso and a pinch of chalk dust. The long, smokey-sweet chocolate laden finish is simply heavenly. Hey, is this thing tasty, or what?
Mouthfeel: This one’s full-bodied for sure, with an exceedingly creamy carbonation and a somewhat oily body.
Drinkability: This is one outrageously flavorful, exceedingly well done brew. Almost too much goodness for one beer. Fantastic work, Oskar Blues!