pete4999 (930) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, as pictured, purchased from West Lakeview not long ago. Had one fresh and I thought it was probably slightly better, but this is still great. Strong nose of chocolate and bigtime hop character. Not overpowering with the hops, but still there. Better than Nightstalker, which I’d consider to be the same style, essentially. Great beer.
andyhwcinc (1258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #10. Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a very cool early fall night watching playoff hunt baseball. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a very rich tan head that laces to the glass. Aroma is a complex mixture of grassy hops, dark chocolate, nuts, lactose, rich coffee, but the hops really stand out moreso than any "black IPA’s" or hoppy imperial stouts I’ve had before. Taste is pretty phenomenal, it gives both punches that are found in a rich stout and a bitter hoppy IPA. The hops come out a bit more piney in the flavor and go down pretty bitter, with that rich chocolate/coffee flavor, I’m not sure of any other beer I’ve had that packs both sides of the punch equally hard. Great stuff, best brew I’ve had from this brewery hands down.
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #7 poured in a snifter tonight. Pours like motor oil with a light tan head that thins Fter a few minutes. Pleasant aroma of sweetened black coffee and faint black licorice. Very roasty flavor with a pine shadow. Well balanced, full in the mouth, and tasty. I talked with the brewer about this beer a couple of months ago and he said that aged versions had become more "coffee prominent" which is definitely true with this bottle. I aged it in the fridge. This one works very well.
nsquishee (547) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, creamy, and chocolates. Lots of toasty sweet aroma and taste. Awesome beer!
Godofthecellar (482) - NYC, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured into my three floyds pint glass. pours dark black with light brown head. smell of hops, chocolate with a a strong flavor of coffee. Bitter, dry, hoppy..... flavor of stout but much lighter, cleaner, freshness of a IPA.
rxeight (790) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - Batch #23. "Hoppy Double Stout" Pours a dark black with a finger of creamy tan head. Has the appearance of a great imperial stout. Very hoppy aroma with a slight amount of roasted malt. So far we have the looks of a imperial stout and the aroma of a black IPA. Taste is amazing. Like nothing I have had before. Starts out with lots of hoppy notes. Some citrius and pine. But fades to big roasted malts. Lots of chocolate in there. Works fantastically well together. Very thick texture for something of this ABV. Complete mixture of styles. Bottle says hoppy double stout, ratebeer has black IPA. Combines great aspects of imperial IPA and Imperial stout with fantastic results. Think black IPA with the texture and mouthfeel of a great imperial stout with lots of roasted chocolate malts.
adnielsen (7573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@ Steve’s house. Thanks! Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a brown head. Very roasty, burnt tar, chocolate, light vanilla aroma. Bitter, very burnt, dark chocolate, charred, tar, a bit woody, piney hoppy flavor. Intense chocolate, tar, and piney flavor.
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, almost black, in appearance with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is of piney hops, flowers, and roasted coffee. Flavor is entirely overpowered by the hops with just a hint of roast in the finish. Thin body, good carbonation levels. Just not quite there.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks kan! pours black with tan massive head. very piney aroma slight bitter chocolate. taste is very hop forward with the nice chocolate finish slight burnt nuts also
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle pour. Thanks Madvike for this one! Pitch black with a frothy tan head. Hoppy stout as advertised, nice, This a big beer.