Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Old Bawdy is good, but with this masterpiece, Drew has arrived as a truly formidable Master Brewer.
Pitch-black pour with a generous tan head that dissipates to a firm ring after a few minutes. The nose is roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of molasses, and the flavor continues this theme, but also reveals some dark fruit skins, a decided woodiness, although, despite a bit of vanilla ester, it seems almost more cedary than oaky, piney and citric esters from the hops,and a unique acidic quality that I havenít tasted in another beer since I tried Guinness Foreign Extra Stout more than twenty five years ago.
The body is perhaps a bit thinner than it could be for such a big flavored stout, but I think this increases the drinkability in what otherwise might be a too mouth- coating experience.
The flavor starts out almost a bit mild, but by the finish, it has explored some pretty intense depths, and that finish is crazy-long, and immensely rich.
luttonm (1755) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle. Deep black pour.. but not as ’matte’ as some of the other huge imp stouts. Nice, tight mocha head. Very fresh nose, a bit of pine-hops and lots of dark chocolate and espresso. Dark, rich mouthfeel that is a touch lighter than others.. much more drinkable.. excellent. light taste/weight at first but it rushes to dark, complex and roasty depths. dry, bittered finish that lasts. Exceeded all my expectations, absolutely terrific.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Pours black - no transparency - but not the black hole that some impys do. The large mocha head lingers for a while. The aroma is of sweet chocolate, and lots of it. Also coffee and molasses, but mostly dark, roasty chocolate. Subtle hops are also present, lending a slightly piney aftertaste. This brew is wonderfully smooth, with flavor notes of velvety chocolate, roasty malts and freshly ground coffee. Itís a bit thinner than Iíd like - I want a stout this big to be syrupy while remaining clean... this is just a smidge thinner. Itís clean and smooth, but not as dry as Iíd normally prefer, either. Still - the aroma and flavor are wonderful, and this is a *fantastic* beer that surpassed its (relatively high) expectations.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the WABL 3rd anniversary party. Jet black. Thick, creamy tan head. Huge, roasty coffee nose. Wood is very well integrated into the overall flavor profile. Well-done with the late additions of base beer to knock it back. Creamy, thick body. Lots of coffee, chocolate, wood, and vanilla. But mostly, this is a big, delicious, chocolatey stout. Yay Pike.