Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 from 22 oz bottle. Restrained nose -- not much there. Still the same even after it warmed up a bit. Nice balance and very smooth. Couldnít really detect the wood on it. Bitter finish. Not too bad, but probably not quite worth the hype.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@Noogfest High5 Thanks decaturstevo-22oz bottle-pours a brown ring for a head and black color. Aroma is dark malt/oat-molasses. Taste is dark malt/oat-molasses with lots of malt bite, oak, secondary spice hops.
Ungstrup (27642) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of both sweet and roasted malt, , leading to a dry roasted finish.
Crel (37) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet aroma that reminds me of bubblegum ice cream. Jet black with a long lasting head. There is too much foam. Extremely strong alcohol favour with flavors of oak and bourbon being prominent. The palate on this beer is terrible, it practically evaporates on the tongue because it is so overcarbonated. There is definitely something strange going on with this beer.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
aroma of coffee, roast, and wood, but thereís no sweetness to my nose, so Iím a little bit frightened. Tastes of coffee and wood with a big astringent/acidic sensation that Iíve come to expect from Pike. Medium bodied, and too watery for the beer its supposed to be. Bleh!
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted blind. Nose is vanilla, some apple, coffee. Flavor is big caramel, a little almost buttery coffee, malt. Lingering cocoa in the finish, dark fruits, roasted cherries.
MeadMe (1170) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: Pours dark black with a mocha colored head. Good retention and some chunky lace.
S: Roasty malt, caramel, and dark chocolate.
T: Wow sour... this one is infected. Beneath the infection you can still pick up dark malt, chocolate, and tart dark fruit.
M: Medium in body, the tartness from the infection is overthetop and as you can expect ruins the beer.
D: Nah, would love to rerate with a good bottle.
johnnnniee (1820) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iíve had 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different sources and both have been infected. Emails from the brewery state that this beer is the way it supposed to be albeit a little over carbonated so I will review it as is.
Pours a solid black with about 3/4 of a glass of tightly bubbled tan foam. I pour four ounces or so then I wait 10 minutes and pour some more.
Nose definitely has a Belgianesque character to it. Smells a bit tart but hidden deep underneath I get some roasty and chocolatey stout like aromas. Thereís some vanilla and bourbon in there as well.
Taste is less tart than the aroma. Up front I get a blast of dark fruits and a slight spicy Belgian yeast twang. Fruits continue midway then slowly fade to reveal some oakey vanilla and bourbon, chocolate and roast. Finishes with a long lingering roast and hop bitterness. It actually doesnít taste half bad, but it is turning sour.
Carbonation is off the charts, body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is bubbly like seltzer water.
I have to ding this one pretty good because it is infected despite what the brewery wants me to believe. It didnít taste half bad, but it also didnít taste the way an American double stout should taste. The mouthfeel was totally ruined by the insane level of carbonation.
At $15.00 a bottle, never again.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: July 12, 2009
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma with a winey fruity character
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, winey sweetness, dry chocolate, light roasted
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Mora2000 (5104) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
First things first, this was one of the bottles that had a brettanomyces infection. That being said, I love sour beers so I decided to give it a try.
Pours black with a huge (sign of infection) light brown head. The aroma was a mix of roasted malt and brett funk. The flavor was more of the same with some roasted malt and a lot of sour funk. You get some sour cherry character as well. Medium mouthfeel. Even though the head was huge, the carbonation in the beer was still low-medium.
Not what the brewer intended but I actually didnít dislike the beer. I wish I could try this beer in non-infected form because from what I could taste, I think the base beer is probably a good one.