JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: fulminous near black, hugely thick, creamy chocolate milk-colored head that lasts forever, extensive rings of frothy lace bitter. Appearance: not super strong--dark cocoa powder, strong notes of spruce, with some coffee and chalk, and a bit of orange rind. Taste: roasty and bitter, intensely DARK and dry flavors, with chocolate, coffee, resin, a hint of citrus. Finish: the pine and baker’s chocolate are the lasting remnants, with a talc-like dryness coming on. Notes: Can’t find anything wrong with this. Truly seems like a hybrid between a dry Irish stout and a Russian imperial stout.
slowrunner77 (7875) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"quite good for an extra stout. obviosly not as big as the massive imperials i’ve been spoiling my palate with. not a standout, but it also has no weaknesses. good roasted malt/hop balance, nice coffee/malt/cocoa aroma. lingers."
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a small tan head. Cocoa, dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Some Nutella. Mellow raspberry tart accents. More coffee. Pretty ashy and dry. Slightly thin. Silky. Quality stuff.
drfabulous (5231) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Big chocolate roast taste with a slight taste of smoke. Nice looking dark pour and creamy tan head.
beastiefan2k (2965) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer at two different place in consecutive nights. Its nice, roast with low acidity, nicely dry, natural well balanced malt chocolate. A very clean but loads of well balanced flavor. Well attenauted, no over-the-top characteristics yet rich,. Has a nice big tan head with lots of lacing. Its impressive that this Pike’s highest rated beer, most rated beer and is a regularly produced, widely available beer. Kudos.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, aged a year. Tan head, collared. Black bastard color. Boozy alcoholic smell, but tastes like malts, still really bitter after a year, wow roasty/toasty malt, so roasted. Quite good.
Luvystypotables (1234) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate and coffee great looking ebony color with a brown well laced head. Dry feel with a bitter chocolate finish, taste of coffee and chocolate.
onceblind (6112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour under a thin lacy khaki head. The nose is smoky roasty and earthy sweet. The flavor is the same, with predominant notes of toast and dark burnt toast with some bitter chocolate tones and a smoky finish. Light touch of dark roast coffee throughout.
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft 2/02 (Brewery)-Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste of the same with quite a bit of bitterness. This full bodied brew is well balanced and is quite tasty.
Bulk_Carrier (3018) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last live review of the night.
I bought one 22 oz. bottle on my way home from roller hockey tonight.
I poured this into a snifter.
The appearance was a deep dark brown close to a black in color with a half fingers worth of an off-white close to a tan colored head. The lacing is sporadic and kinda all over the place.
The smell has a dark and roasty sort of coffee combined ever so delicately with a meaty sort of aspect running through it. Its dry and subtly combines a good strength of chocolate to roasty character all the way through.
The taste takes the coffee and the chocolate and combines exceptionally well through a dryness pummeling my taste buds harshly. The aftertaste is extremely bitter through the coffee notes and adds a decent yet balanced dry to sweet finish. That aftertaste is not exactly what I had hoped for, but anyways, I shall proceed.
On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy on the body with not much of any sessionability sort of aspect to it. I sipped this one for the most part.
Overall, hey, this is actually a very nice Foreign/Extra Stout and very worthy of having again.