JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand Bottled sample from trade with CaptainCougar. Pours a nice thick bodied black color with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. Has the taste and flavor of oats and malt with a slight hop presence lying underneath. Very smooth all the way through with the alcohol being very well hidden. Slightly bitter finish. A nice stout but a little over rated in my book.
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at KPís. A black apperance with a dark tan head. A chocolate filled aroma with some coffee and raisins present. This reminded me a little of Expedition although not AS good. A sweet chocolate and licorice flavor was present. A very creamy finish. This would kick ass with some desert but went ok with the spicy guacamole. A nice impy stout.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Malt ASTRINGENT, with burnt cocoa and molassses notes. Very up front bitter and astringent on the palate. Overly acidic and burnt finish with notes of used motoroil and nail polish remover.
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz, hand bottled. Pours a sinister black with a brief woody head. A swirl kicks up a hazy mist. Cocoa, prunes, light smoke and coffee. Each sip is like an espresso chocolate truffle. Velvety-smooth, full body with tiny prickles of carb. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and lime peel. Long finish brings in black licorice and sticky, bitter molasses. Alcohol becomes assertive. Nice.
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the Brick Store.
Thick, opaque black and oily body that holds up a long lasting head of creamy tan.
Lots of chocolate, coffee and roasty malt aroma, little hops.
Just enough sweetness to please with an incredibly smooth and creamy mouth feel. Very nicely done.
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is out of the growler from kp (Iím pretty sure) shared at Dark Lord Day. I actually got to take the rest of the growler home, so Iím drinking it right now too. This is a black beer with only hints of brown when held up to the light. This coats the glass with a syrupy brown liquid. The head was really just an oily whispy slick. Big nose of fudgey chocolate, coffee with caramel and whipped cream in it, and some green hops. Coffee, bitter chocolate, molassess, oak, vanilla, and roasted grain. The finish tends to end in bitter coffee. Very nice beer that I wish I could try at the source.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 400th Rating, booya. 31st Top 50 Rating. 12oz hand bottled via trade with Captain Cougar. So many thanks Tom. Pours beautifally into a big snifter. Black pour with a thin layerish stable tan head. Smokey malt, slightly sweet coffee, and chocolate nose. Its small and subtle but a nice aroma. The taste is really dynamic and big with notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and roasted malt. This is a robust beer that feels potent but not overwhelming. The alchol isnít so much hidden as not noticeable. Hell of a good beer to mark another 100 hundred ratings.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried this recently at the Boulder Strong Ale Fest. It was the whiskey barrel aged version, which at the time, due to the extremely low oak and whiskey flavor, I was determinded I had actually tried the regular Ten Fidy. Then I tried this beast. Itís so outrageously hoppy, in the aroma and in the flavor. Itís such a differet beer, a bit underserving of its high score.
Indra (2657) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Hand-bottled from growler. Full, complex aroma, with suggestions in
varying degrees of rich, semi-sweet chocolate, marshmallow, espresso and
roasty, lightly smoky and sugary malts, along with with lighter notes of
blueberry, plum, cologne and cream. Opaque ebony color, lacking any sort of head or lacing, no doubt due to its hand-bottled nature. Flavor profile is roasty, incredibly malty and bittersweet, huge amounts of dark chocolate and very dark coffee, blended with dark, dried fruits and even some pleasant hop flavors, which somehow manage to surface through the heavy murk and are lightly spicy, leafy and gently bittering. Finishes very long, warming and full with a smooth mouthfeel and massive body. I really enjoyed this stuff (thanks Tom!) but have a feeling it would be far superior onsite, which is perhaps no surprise. Nice stuff, regardless.
Update: Revising my rating upwards a bit for this stuff, having had a few more 4-packs since trying it initially and feeling like a 3.9 just isnít cutting it.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler. Dark black, chocolatey opaque pour with a huge layer of creamy tan foam. The head is beautiful and remarkably well sustaining. Aromas of sprucy hops with a gentle fruity character as well. Sticky chocolate fudge and a hint of prune skins add some chewiness to the malt aroma that also conveys a hefty dose of Sumatran roast coffee characters. The roasted malt character is intensely charred and burned, creating an polarizing hop and roast bitterness personality. I find myself searching for a bit more subtlety in the malt bill, but the roast and hops keep pushing me back. Full bodied, wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. Silky smooth with a wonderfully supple texture. Dark roasty malt characters with lots of char and coffee overwhelming the palate in sharp contrast to the soft mouthfeel. Rich, earthy coffees with some bittersweet dark chocolate notes. Toward the back end, the bitterness of the roast flavors are overtaken by some high alpha hops. Good, big flavored, highly hopped, highly roasted imperial stout that packs a big punch but leaves me thirsting for more complexity and subtlety. Fabulous mouthfeel and appearance, though. Thanks Tom, for bringing such a great, fresh sample!