FROTHINGSLOSH (4291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2011 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a large dark brown head that lingered. The aroma was a divine mix of roasty malts, licorice, wood, vanilla, port and toasted marshmallow. The flavor was incredibly complex and washed over you in waves of toasty malts, port wine, cherry, toffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, smoke, coffee, hickory, tobacco and bourbon. Incredibly complex. Alcohol shows through but amazingly does not detract from this brew but actually enhances it. The finish is amazingly long. Smooth, thick and full bodied. Almost perfect.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Draft on the Hand Pump!!!
WOW!!! This my be one of the all time best Imperial stouts Iíve ever had! The aroma makes a great first impression. Very mellow scent with a pleasant malt appearance. The look is fanatastic in a snifter. Very gracious head that stays until near the end. Very dark, awesome looking. Flavor is not bursting with flavor but mild and Extremely Pleasant! This is like tranquility in a snifter. Very peaceful with a perfect balance of malt and low bitterness. I think this is the best brew that Iíve had from Charlie at Ottoís. At this rate he will need to bottle these fine brews to rival the other heaveyweights. Triple Cheers!!!
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Deep black pour, with tan head. Aroma of molasses, chocoff, some hops. Tastes chocoffy, with some molasses, roasty malt, and slight hop hints. Dense on the palate, with great complexity. I enjoyed the BA more, but this one was still a marvelous beer!
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask, in a snfter at Ottoís. Oily, thick, brownish-black with a beautiful firm, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, slight smoke in the nose. Flavor lives up to what the aroma promises, more of the same, chocolate, coffee, caramel, etc. Smooth beer, kind of spoils you once you drink it, cause thatís all I want to drink right now. This is a well made Imperial Stout. Bought some bottles of this while I was there and will rate one in the near future.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 On cask. Really nice oaky chocolate arom. Thick rich coffee and chocolate cream Some vanilla and maple. Roasted grains and nice sweetness. Mild alcohol notes and vinuous plums. Dark black oily with thin lacing brown head. Thick oily body, light carbonation. Alcohol warming, creamy and smooth. Starts sweet and thick, with nice chocolatey coffee notes. Dry hops bitterness and roasted grains make for a pleasant finish. Mild molasses sweet tang and smoky notes in after. Overall, itís just a bit too sweet and could use a bit more body. 9,5,8,5,16
From bottle. Alcohol vapors, chocolate, coffee, smoke, Tootsie Roll, vanilla, oak, plum. Thick black-brown clear body with thin chocolate brown lacing head. Thick oily body with medium carbonation. Taste is phenomenal - I think itís even better in the bottle, if thatís possible. You can feel the effects when drinking a whole bomber yourself, for sure. But itís addictive. Starts with sweet chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Light smoke, bitter tang and rich overripe fruit. Toffee, oak, and Tootsie Roll. Mild to medium nutty sweet bitter finish with rich chocolatey coffee after. Just a damn fine example of the style without being overly dramatic. Tasty, tasty, tasty. 9,5,9,5,18.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 On cask (Revised 09/01/07)
Aroma: mossy, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, fresh cream, and coco
Appearance: dark brown-- -->black, light chocolate head, lacing
Flavor: coco/dark chocolate, red grape skins, light bourbon, creaminess, and vanilla beans
Palate: smooth, silky and creamy, coats the mouth, nice dark chocolate aftertaste
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 [2007 Cask @ brewpub] Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, smoked malts, chocolate, some caramel malts, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste was woody, with chocolate, roast, light nuts, roast, with smoke, citrus hops, and a little bit of alcohol. Nice mouthfeel. The bottles really don’t compare to this beer on cask.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 To celebrate the return of Rate Beer, I decided to crack this baby for breakfast. Pours an oily looking opague black body with a nice looking foamy medium brown head. The aroma is a nice blend of coffee, milk choclate with some with some mellow sweet smoke. The flavors start off with a sweet creamy coffee taste and some milk chocolate with mild vanilla notes. It gradually becomes it bit stronger with the bitter coffee flavor but the creaminess keeps it very well balanced. Tasty stuff!!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Cask at Ottoís. Pours a thick oily black with a thick creamy brown head. nice lacing. Aroma of strong malts, black licorice, chocolate with a hint of smoke. Taste is full of roasted malts and black licorice with a nice smoky finish. Excellent.
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
How much more black could this get? None. None more black. A thin brown head sits atop blackness. Surprisingly delicate aroma - smoky coffee. Smooth, rich palate. Really nice flavor - dark cocoa, espresso, and some fruitynoes, like blackberry or cherry. Nice earthy finish. Very good stuff, thanks to tronraner for sharing at our tasting.