jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a one finger light brown head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is a smooth roasted coffee with balancing hops. Slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Nice bottle to split with my drinking buddy. Pricey - $10.99 for a 1L bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 2006 release: Dark brown. Brooding light-khaki head quickly fades into a tight ring which holds well. Decent aroma of cocoa, earthy/woody/wet paint yeast, shoe polish, roasted barley, and burnt fruitcake splashed with luxurious alcohol. Very light on the espresso. Fairly grainy smelling. Tightly carbonated. Bottle conditioned. Body is light in weight, and quite firm. Deceptively chewy upfront, with an onset of gritty roast echoing the tight yet understated barrel-derived char. Caramelized sugar harmonizes with the smooth tannins and soft oak, while the roasty acidity complements the dainty vinous tang. Minor oxidation accentuates the dustiness of the malt, as well as the dense licorice and raisin suggestions. Graininess lightens the malt load/hinders the body, but a salvaging influx of tarry and oily espresso surges forth to displace a small portion of it. Rather devoid of malt depth, though. Whiskey imparts a pleasant scratchiness, but remains secondary to all that surrounds it. Clean alcohol uplifts the soul and imparts some minty luster which somewhat augments the dryness. Smoky roast makes a late emergence alongside a composed fusion of nutty malts and espresso. A bit too much yeast (wet paint) in the nose, and the body and flavor profile suffer from being slightly muddled, wet and grainy. But it’s fairly pleasant overall. Thanks to BitchesBrew for the bottle.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Massive 1L flip top bottle. Dark black beer with a thick light tan head. Chewy dark malts and loads of strong cold coffee aroma. Flavour is nice, cold sweet coffee flavour over light milk chocolate, some toast and roast. Sweet and malty, but nowhere near as full-bodied as the last beer. Cocoa and coffee on the finish. Nice enough, but it has a bit too much coffee and not enough imperial stout.
ABUSEDGOAT (2469) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour, large light tan head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is cofee with sweeer dark malts, chocolate, caramel, hint of roast and darker fruits. Flavor brings this,. medium bodied. Sorta like a light weight Speedway.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Cold 1liter swing-top bottle: Pours the darkest of brown in color with ruby highlights and a persistent foamy tan head and lacing. Aroma is of alcohol, roasted malts, whiskey, wood and chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruits. Full bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Ending is of earthy hops, coffee and some alcohol burn. All of the flavors are perfectly blended and balanced. Bravo!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One-liter swing-top bottle that has the feel of a rare vintage Russian beer (2006 edition drank in 2007): Pours black with ruby highlights under a medium hardy tan head, huge nose that includes coffee, wood, oranges, chocolate, rich dark fruits, vanilla beans and alcohol. Full bodied with a almost watery texture (but not in a bad way) and mellow carbonation, starts and ends lighty bitter with a slight sweet alcohol whiskey ending. I don’t usually care for barrel-aged beers, but this is very balanced and fantastic in every way.