gunnfryd (8549) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, alcohol, fruit, berries, coffee. Full bodied nice beer.
vtafro (1862) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ PPSG’10. Black pour with tan head. Roasty malt, chocolate, licorice, maple, and toffee notes. Flavor has a bit of medicinal or mineral tinge.
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. On-tap at the brewery 06.18.2010. I think this was from the last keg of the 2009 that will be offered for some time, so it has some age on it.
An inky black with a small tan head. Little lacing.
Lots of dark chocolate in the nose, with hints of a caramel sweetness, licorice and some sort of unidentifiable dark, pitted fruit. Rich chocolate in the mouth, with a strange balancing act going on with the dark fruit flavors. There’s very little roast here; this seems like 75% imperial stout and 25% BSDA. Coffee (with creamer) and molasses are present.
My favorite part of the beer is its lush feel. Medium to medium-full, but like velvet. The alcohol is masked.
This was served somewhat cold, and I enjoyed experiencing it change as it warmed. That being said, this is not a beer I would personally like only at room temperature, as the booziness and fruity character comes on a little strong as it warms. Quite good; glad I got to try it.
dimenhetfield (2354) - , Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample on draft at the brewery. This was a very "young" version of this beer, so with a little bit of time this could develop a lot of character in the bottle nicely. But I did get a good impression from this sample. Super dark pour, no transparency. Dark malts in the aroma with hints of coffee bean and chocolate. Since it was a young version the body wasn’t too heavy, but I can imagine that it might become heavier with time. A good beer none the less.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to bmanning for opening this up at a recent tasting.
A: Pours a very dark brown with some mahogany hues to it. Nice off-white head.
S: Nice chocolate flavors really come through alongside a bit of coffee. Good notes of slightly-burnt caramel and roasted malts.
T: Much like the smell, with some dark dates and brown sugar coming through as well.
M: Medium body with good carbonation.
D: Very nice stout. I haven’t had many things from Pisgah, but I’d love to get down and visit given their reputation and the overall beer scence in Asheville.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-23-2010
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by someone at the September 2010 Metro Detroit tasting, thanks! Poured near black with a wooden brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of espresso and dark chocolate note with some dark grains and a bit of a sweet toffee note. Flavor had a nice espresso note that combined with more of a milk chocolate note and a bit of toffee in the finish.
Geokkjer (4260) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pours pitch black with a nice beige head.Aroma is roasted and sweet malt, chocolate and alcohol.Flavor is sweet and warming , roasted and toasted malts,molasses, some salty notes, some fruitiness and warming alcohol.Full body,average carbonation.Nice big impy.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz plucked from the cellar. Pours a nice dark hue with decently dark lacing. Dry cocoa and big malts on the nose, maybe some vanilla, but its faint. The stout was a bit drier than I thought, likening it more to the brooklyn bcs, but with more of a full flavored palate. well balanced for the higher alc %. Would love to age this one longer than the 6 months I had it for.
dmac (3166) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the 4th release of CDC. Poured a really good looking viscous black body underneath a large foamy brown head. Aroma of sweet cheap milk chocolate, honey, molasses and candle wax. Full mouthfeel with strong carbonation some alcohol heat and a syrupy finish. Burnt flavor with notes of honey, dark chocolate, toast and molasses. This one was ho-hum, not bad but not great either.
pineypower (2146) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours out black with a moderate tan head. The aroma is of roast, cocoa and some slight alcohol. Taste is complex, with a very nice smooth creamy mouthfeel, chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee. Alcohol content is very well hidden, never would have guessed it was on the upside of 11%.