patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Standard Tap with Vinny on the night before my birthday. Pours a dark, obsidian black with with a thin, lacy tan head. Aroma of sweet malted barley, caramel, dark chocolate, slight chalk, and notes of roasted malts and dark, ripe fruits. Medium to fuller bodied with a silky smooth, chocolatey palate. Very rich and smokey flavor. Good imperial stout.
acearl (429) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with dark tan creamy lasting head with good lacing, chocolate to roasted smell, thick texture, touch of soy/salt and a alcohol is a touch astringent, aftertaste: kind of a sourness that sticks to the back of my mouth, decent balance, good for the price but nothing overwhelming
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tanned beige head. Big roast, chocolate, toast, and light paper notes. Medium bodied, a bit sweet, chocolate and roast, nice tannins. Big chocolate on the finish with nice bitter cocoa notes and a long tannin filled bitterness.
Capa (2316) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Lightly roasted malts, some coffee, burnt malts, light vanilla aroma. Thin body. Flavor is mostly roasted and slightly burnt malt, coffee, molasses, bittersweet, light chocolate. Finish is long and bitter with light molasses. It’s a good stout, no doubt.
Adjusted the rating from 3.5 to 3.9 because this years offering really stepped up its game, IMO. Delicious.
LinusStick (3014) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2011
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UGH! What the hell happened here? Aroma was nice. Strong roasted coffee and hints of bitter hops. Pour was a nice enough dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was dreadful. First beer in a long time that I was tempted to throw out. Strong roasted malt bitterness on initial taste, then this strong industrial floor cleaner flavor dominate (or what I would imagine that to taste like). Very astringent and leaves the mouth numb after the swallow. There is NO WAY that this beer is what other have rated so high. Must be infected?
BiddleBrau (1031) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another darkie, thin tan head. Rich coffee and roasted malt nose. Big roasty and dry burnt flavor; it’s a big ol’ robust stout for sure. Oakiness provides some dryness. Prickly sensation comes from carbonation and roasty bite. A bit too much burnt roast for me but flavor is clean overall.
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Pours a deep, dark brown, pretty light and dirt-looking on the edges, with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, licorice, earth, and toasted brown sugar. A little alcohol emerges, but more shows up in the flavor, especially late. Also notes of roasted dark chocolate malts, coffee, and licorice. Medium-bodied, with a warm, boozy, roasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad, but a little too alcoholic and not big enough bodied to make up for it.
dmac (4739) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber from EZ. Poured a dark black body, slightly watery, with a large bubbly beige head. Aroma of chocolate milk, espresso beans, milk, grassy hops. Medium bodied with a slightly chalky feel and average carbonation. Flavor of soy, light chocolate, burnt dark fruit. Decent enough for the price but overall it’s just meh.
oOJUXEOo (303) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/black. The head laces nicely and is a tan off white color. Aroma is roasty. Hops taste is covered by the deep chocolate / roasted flavor. Finishes nicely, without a heavy alcohol sting even though its at 10%. Nice, but I am not a big stout fan, either.
alobar (3124) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with no head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit flavor. Body is a bit thin-more porter-like, but a nice brew.