ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours like a motor oil! Thick black fluid with dark tan head that lingers for quite a while. The aroma is of licorice, coffee, and dark chocolate. It seems amazing to me that this comes out of a can! The initial taste is smooth mocha, but the finish brings out the bitterness and roastiness. Impressive! Most Impressive!
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
A massive black stout with a brown head that is borderline purple. The aroma reaks of ashes, wet soil, roasted malts, liquorice, cocoa, and dark chocolate.I expected a thick palate, but is more soft and creamy. Initially the flavour is meidum sweet and salty but progress into a long lasting bitterness. Itís a wee hefty, and also a bit too much...
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 pours out dark and thick, in slow heavy waves and forms a perfect espresso head. Creamy coffee in the nose with whipped chocolate mousse. the foamy texture of the head contrasts the heavy weight of the beer beneath. oily coating is left in my mouth. edges are somewhat sharp but it tastes like alcohol and not like the IBUs though thereís definitely balance there as well. Malty goodness is there in buckets, with a silky creaminess that makes me want to combine it with Gordon for a helluva black and tan. 112410 Each additional can Iíve had is a big creamy malt bomb and is not sharp in alcohol anymore. 111311 Batch #1 according to the can, from Jan 29, 2009. Heavy dark chocolate brownie aroma. Beautiful pour, thick rich, and with a dark mocha head. Chewy toasty body, thins out into a dense inky charcoal. Oatmeal raisin cookie in the finish.
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009 Original rating 3/5/08
Can from drewbeerme -- thanks!
After striking out in a recent search for this beer in Colorado, I was quite happy to get my hands on a can. Pours very dark and thick, robust grey-tan head. Roast coffee and ashes on the aroma. Nice heavy malt flavors through the middle but these are buried in the ash and roast coffee. Thereís some sweetness lingering around the edges but not enough to cut the oily over-roasted coffeebean flavors that dominate. Iím realizing that I like my imperial stouts on the sweet, vinous side -- and this one definitely isnít there. Itís well enough put together, I suppose, but itís just not doing it for me. This is more like a thai iced coffee made from coffee brewed with Andersonsí over-roasted coffee beans and left on a hot plate since some time yesterday morning.
Can again. This time around, Iím a lot more pleased. I served it a bit colder -- almost straight out of the fridge, with maybe only 30 minutes to warm up. Not as much ash, more rich roasty coffee, enough sweetness this time around, a nice hop bite in the close that never really draws attention to itself but lingers, quite nicely, on the palate in the finish. 7/4/8/4/15=3.8. Iíll average and shade toward this second rating.
Revisit 12/6/09. Year-old can (who ever thought of can-aging?). Again, Iím pretty pleased. Pours thicker and darker than one can believe. Very nice flavors, hop bite chilled out now, chocolate and whisper of smoke, plenty of sweetness, virtually no ash. 8/4/8/4/16=4.0. Iíll continue to bump this one up.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
10W-50 no joke, this beer is pitch black. The color gives a false impression of an even fuller bodied beer. The palate is bitter with undertones of dry coco powder and French Roast coffee. The finish is dry and tanic. Overall, it seems a bit muted to me. My guess is that many people give this style points for being pitch black, bitter, and in a can.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2008 Can. Aroma decent, but nothing really special, some citrus hops when cold, light chocolate/malt notes warmer. In the mouth itís nice with that chocolate blending better with the hop presence. I found this one to be neither particularly complex and vinous, nor particularly easily quaffable. Fairly heavy without that rich texture you (or at least I) would prefer in heavier brews. I raved about the barrel aged version of this, and now Iím wondering whether I was an idiot or if the aging really did open up the beer more. Either way a very enjoyable beer and perhaps my high expectations after the aged version hurt my rating by a point or two.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours onyx with 1-finger dartk brown head. Aroma is roasty dark malt, chocoff, licorice. Tastes roasty, creamy dark malty, with defined chocolate and coffee notes, plus raisins, licorice, and finishing hops. The palate is rich and complex. Say what you want about this beer, but I think it is undeniable that it is the finest stout, and perhaps the finest beer, that I have ever drank from a can. Regardless of its container, it is a very quaffable and excellent beer.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I really donít see what the excitement is about with this beer. Itís neat in that itís quite black, I suppose. But it generally just exhibits a lot of roasted character which comes off a little too dry for my taste. I happen not to like the packaging, because it is inevitable that there will be a little spillage when you pop the can top, which is rather unwelcome given this beerís remarkable staining properties.
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black color with no hint of carbonation from itís can. A bit of a chocolate colored head. Dark chocolate malty flavor with a hint of hops at the end. Very good stout, canít wait to try the other Oskar Blues styles.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super dark with a very nice deep brown head. Smells hoppy with a little chocolate and malts. Feels thick, Tastes hoppy, sweet, a llitte coco, roasty, wood. Finsiheds with a bitter hop taste. Very good.