riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 version. Lots of dark fruit on the nose with hints of chocolate as well. Super dark pour with dark red hues when held up to the light. No head. Dark fruit and a little dark bitter chocolate, cocoa powder then some char. Earthy bitterness and a light hint of oxidation. Thinner type body with a touch of heat in finish. Softly carbonated.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 2009, #228. Poured near black with just a thin dusting of brown head. The aroma picked up a blend of molasses, soy, and licorice with sweet chocolate and some caramel undertones.. touches of smoke and vanilla as well.. moderately roasted.. nothing struck me as great here, but it was solidly constructed. The flavor opened with tangy roasted caramel and smoke, with molasses and dark chocolate hitting harder on the middle.. again some vanilla and sweeter chocolates around.. bitterness was inspired by coffee and earth, but didnít have much of a presence.. spicier alcohol, tacky molasses, and soy on the finish. Medium-bodied with way too little carbonation on the palate.. other than that the feel and balance were aiight. Iíd drink another.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 728; Sampled November 2009
After emptying half its contents enroute to me this beer pfftss quite a bit as I pop the capThis beer pours a concentrated black color without even a wisp of a head. Rich and malty smelling with a mix of molasses, coffee liquor, burnt oak, ample roasted grain, a big dark chocolate character (the sweetness accentuates this quite a bit), and some salty, peat like smokiness that
The flavor is sweet with dark chocolate notes up front, towards the middle roast grain notes provide structure and this finishes with a smoky, salty, peat like note that almost seems a bit like smoked seaweed at times. This last plays a subtle, supporting role, but definitely adds something to this beer. A hint of prickly carbonation supplies a touch of texture to this otherwise viscous, creamy, flat tasting beer. A solid bitterness seems mostly supplied by ample roasted grain, but in truth is contributed by hops as well. This bitterness really helps to anchor the sweet, dark malt notes that lean towards burnt molasses, dark chocolate, coffee liquor, . As the beer warms the smoky / peat-character dies down a bit and becomes a bit more like a burnt vegetal note; though it still always retains some peat-like quality to it.
An interesting beer, even if a bit uncarbonated at this point; in fact it survives the lack of carbonation quite well.
dogfish120love (829) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, almost to the point of being black. A head arises briefly, only to dissipate in what appears to be an instant. The aroma consists of soy sauce and chocolate, with maybe the slightest hint of coffee. The soy sauce aroma is rather pronounced in comparison to the other scents. The body is rather thin and the flavor is somewhat peaty (which I donít mind). Unlike the many highly esteemed imperial stouts, this beer lacks the richness.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Chocolate, roasted, lactose(malty) notes. Slight off note canít describe on the aftertaste. Body is a little thin for my liking as an imperial stout.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle #935 with a strange indented ovular bubble in the glass bottle itself. Pours a black body with a tan head. Soy, lactose, some light chocolate note, i am having a hard times getting past the soy. Roast y a hint metallic, not that good.
Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #82 shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of the 2008, #933. Liqueur-like nose, dark chocolate with hints of black olive. Flavor is similar, chocolate with just a touch of black licorice. Just superb.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the silent assassin tytoanderso for this one. Thick milkshake of a pour, with a small scrim of bubbles emerging late. Soft and slightly vinous nose complemented by solid, subtle chocolate malts (the roasted qualities have mostly faded but theyíre there in the background). Smooth, milk stout-ish mouthfeel certainly fits the flavors quite well, and itís like drinking a chocolate terrine. As Dany mentioned below, not complex but delivers very well in terms of what itís trying to do. A mild bitter kiss goodnight in the finish.
smcolw (426) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unimpressive beige head, especially for the style. Near black in color.
Biscuity chocolate aroma--reminds me very much of smoores. Sweet chocolate smell.
Creamy, but dry flavor. Lots of burnt malt (black patent?). Great hop finish which enhances rather than balances. This is a sweeter chocolate stout. The body is chewy and very rich with light carbonation. The aftertaste is a long lasting dark cocoa flavor.