cblado (247) - Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a rich, deep black color with a nice tan head. Thick lacing. Aroma is quite sweet up front, with raisins and chocolate malt. Flavor is very complex, quite sweet and yeasty, with chocolate and coffee undertones. There is a strong, but not unpleasant alcohol flavor as well. This beer also has a very malty aftertaste, which I didnít appreciate at first. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety. Overall this is a great beer. Really perfect for the cold weather setting in.
ibrubeer (148) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Doubletree in SEA. Roasty aroma. Black color with a hint of ruby on the edges. Off white head, with nice lacing. A nice bitterness in the flavor, with lots of roast notes. Medium bodied. I like it as nice example of an extra stout.
Jamesthebrit (299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bomber that was actually priced correctly. Paired with bacon and espresso. But not bacon espresso..... Yet
Aroma is more hop driven than others. Grassy. Sweet. Just started campfire. Almost like smoked fish ... Mom that bacon Iím cooking might be getting in the way.
Looks fine. Dark. Nice head. Medium body.
Taste is different. I like it because there are no gimmicks. Metalicy almost like a porter. Grassy. Hops are more prevalent than others. A little sweetness. Very nice as it warms.
Palate when cold is hop dominated. When approaching room temp it is very balanced and smooth.
Overall this is a great representation of what I think a generic full bodied stout should be. Solid beer.
Bricks (640) - Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of malt, dark fruit. Smooth, slightly bitter. Tastes like a semi-neutral stout.
JDBaker11058 (1366) - 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 bakerís chocolate are the lasting remnants, with a talc-like dryness coming on. Notes: Canít find anything wrong with this. Truly seems like a hybrid between a dry Irish stout and a Russian imperial stout.
slowrunner77 (6114) - 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 iíve 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 (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, 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 (4196) - 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 (2529) - 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 Pikeís highest rated beer, most rated beer and is a regularly produced, widely available beer. Kudos.
Caytinator (966) - 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 (806) - 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.