beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Inky black. Medium hefted chocolate milk foam sits for length before settling to a hairline skim and crumbly edging. Lacing is thick and all over the place making a mess of blobby sheeting across the glass. In a word for appearance - pinnacle!
Aroma is tarry and roasted with heavy black malt dryness with some dark chocolate scuffing.
Taste is bold, rich, and gradually building across a wonderful, medium to heavy roastyness of black malt. Chocolate intercedes into the middle areas, then the fun begins with one fantastic drying length and character. Slight molasses tang sweetens the pot for a stint, notes of burnt/charred edges creep in there while the chocolate gets supurbly darkened, heavy, and dry with a solid smack of bitterness thrown in. A very solid smack! Thatís some of the most bitter dark chocolate Iíve ever encountered in a stout. Itís awesome!
The body of this beer is quite nice. Full, round, roasted and textured as so with a substantial girth of roasty malt all the while maintaining a heavenly smoothness. Its just sweet enough on the underside for most of its length, gliding the roasted stuff along the path to the finish where the dark bitter chcoalte takes over and does its thing.
An excellent drinker as well as being damn tasty. What more could you ask except for more. And at 6% this blows the sessionable competition away as far as other big stouts that taste like this are concerned. Not that I donít miss a little kick like those found in most Impyís or Dblís, these Foreign/Export stouts are just too damn tasty and drinkable not to be in the same league as some of those big boys. Most are loaded in the ABV dept. This on the other hand says drink up and enjoy! And enjoy, and enjoy...
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2011 2005-2006 release. Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a very dark brown/black body with a tan head. The aroma is smoky coffee and light soap. The flavor is smokey chocolate, dry black malt. Dry, medium-light body. 7, 4, 7, 3, 13 = 3.4
Tap at Pike. Much better! Yay!
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks Chuck for the sample. Has a pleasant roasty aroma to it. Deep black color with a tan head. Pretty weak flavor, very slightly bitter. Also thin body and texture. Maybe we got a bad bottle, because this seems like XX instead of XXXXX.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pure black color w/ a thick brown small bubbled head w/ some thick lacing. Smells farily mild a dark roast malt w/ hints of coffee & smoke a bit light. Palate is very light, not very viscous. Flavor is lightly smoky and coffee dry roast malt, too light.
Possibly starting to show infection as the beer was much smaller in palate than it should have been.
Hanratty (36) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pike: A large black almost imperial stout. Looks great, lovely texture, tastes of chocolate.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured thick and dark from a 2005- 2006 bottle into an engligh pint glass. It had a beautiful brownish-tan head that didnít last as long as Iíd like, but it rebuilds upon agitation. This one had a BIG roasted malt flavor, but still remained approachable. I sensed a little astringency in the back end, but nothing major.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
í05-í06 bottle. Pours to a black body with a foamy tan head. Chocolate, grahm cracker and some prune in the aroma. Nice flavor! Milky coffee is a foundation to cherry and light roast. Above-average viscosity in the mouthfeel. Finishes with tart acidity over chocolate grahm cracker. Well done!
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to acertain for this. Bottle. Aroma smokey dark roast malts a hint of anise and coffee. Poured almost jet black really nice dark tan head. Flavor was good the smoke didnít dominate but really gave way to strong coffee. Palate was good although I thought a tinge on the watery side. Overall this was a really nice brew.
kramer (5757) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, 05-06 vintage, via acertain. Pours a thick black, almost motor oil in color. Small but attractive chocolate brown head that faded to a thin ring quickly. Aroma is burnt, roasted, and chocolate malts, raisons, coffee, a touch of alcohol, and a dry yeast character. Flavor is burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate. Finish is very dry with a little astringency and bitterness. Very good length to the finish. Full bodied with an oily texture up front fading to a drying finish. Minimal fine bubbled carbonation. A pretty awesome beer, very near the top of the heap for regular stouts.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Acertain.
Bakerís chocolate, coffee and roasted malts pop out in the aroma, but overall the aroma is less intense than my ideal. Poured a very deep black with a dark prown/purple tinted mocha head. Fore is full of dark roasted notes along with chooclate, plum, molasses, raisin, bourbon and even some Brown ale nuttiness. A whole lot of flavor points here. Finish is laced with cream, chocolate, low bitterness coffee and a kick of alcohol. A damn fine beer.