birdmachine (155) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, split and poured into a snifter glass. Side-by-side With regular Abraxas. Super big thanks to gyberic for sharing this one. Aroma is predominantly green chilies. Cinnamon, dark chocolate, bakers cocoa, vanilla, coffee grounds and mocha are all there, but mostly take a backseat the chilies. Once the beer warms the components integrate better, but it would have been hard for me to tell that this beer is any different than the normal Abraxas. The beer pours viscous, dense and black with really thick and dark frothy brown head. Huge lacing and medium sized legs. Taste is better integrated than aroma - green chilies, pepper skins, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, creamy dark chocolate, mocha, coffee grounds, earthy. The taste reminds me of a lot of Mexican hot chocolate. No pepper heat and light alcohol spice. Body is full, creamy with a full finish. carbonation is soft. After taste has moderate cinnamon and dark chocolate. Sticky sweet mocha lingers for a while. Overall a damn tasty stout, and a great variation of my favorite beer. Coffee is not
very apparent in aroma or taste, but it brings out a lot of vanilla and mocha flavors.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Afterparty2 ][ 750mL ][ Globe ][ Tasting ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Ink pour with Martian red foam. Nose is savory Poblano pepper, cinnamon graham cracker, not much coffee. Taste is cinnamon graham cracker, mild warming alcohol, big cocoa. Low pepper heat, barely present. Palate is super dense. Another very nice one from this serious, though the pepper and coffee could be dialed up. Wife would love this one.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from jckp64- HUGE thanks to John for this one. Pours an opaque brown, near black, with a big dark tan head that eventually settles into a lasting cap. Dry, roasty, spicy aroma. The coffee really leads the way here, over notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, cinnamon, brownies, burnt toast (mostly in the aroma), and faint chiles. The flavor is a bit more balanced, but finishes with a lingering coffee. Flavor also has a splash of dark fruit. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty mouthfeel. Great coffee imperial stout, but doesn’t quite stack up to the other versions of Abraxas in my book. Which isn’t a big knock; not much does.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Peter at RBWG 2014, thanks! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has earthy coffee with notes of dark grains and roasted malts. Flavor has coffee and dark grains with hints of roasted malts and a hint of barrel.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 RBWG. Bottle shared by phaleslu at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share.
Pours black with a tan head.
Aroma of dark roasted coffee.
Good coffee flavor, not too sweet.
Drake (7848) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #45. Bottle shared by phaleslu at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized dark brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of rich coffee, roasted malts, nuts, dark fruits. The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee, coconut, bitter hops. Medium bodied.
jtclockwork (6932) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of green and chili pepper, roast chocolate, coffee and light mint. Medium body.
jcnielsen (1664) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBWG, courtesy of phaleslu. Pours a black color with off white head. Coffee, cinnamon, brownie aromas. Coffee, spicy, brownie, pepper flavors. A lot like Abraxas.
blomster (222) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle during RBWG Asheville, thanks to phaleslu. Black pour with a dense, finger head high head. Aroma is coffee on steroids, bit of chili pepper and subtle spices there as well. Again coffee in the taste, then more coffee, some vanilla and spices way back if you really search for them. Medium sweet, medium carbonation, long coffee finish. Good beer, but the coffee gets to dominant and hides some of the goodness of the base beer (which I prefer over this one)
DrSilverworm (4758) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste from a bottle. BIG thanks to Phaleslu for saving the last sip of this stuff for me. Very dark brown, near black color... Not opaque. Great coffee in the nose, great bigger bitter dark chocolate. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Bigger chewy texture. Awesome spice notes. Fantastic stuff. Maybe a bit more sweet than I like my coffee beers, though