peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Filthy black roasted coffee head. Aroma is dry chocolate, roasted malt, and very subtle raisin or dried dark fruit. Flavor is straightforward roasty malt, chocolate, some balanced hop bitterness toward the finish, and some tang from the 10 percent. Flavor profile is tighter than Nightrider. Well done.
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010, Great flavor & aroma. a little light in the body. BIG roasty & chocolate flavor & aroma. Tan head with oily body. Tons of flavor but too light in body & mouthfeel. Still a great beer
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at PP/SC. Poured a deep brown to black with a menacing brown head that leaves very good lace. Aroma is smoky, meaty, vanilla. Taste is sweet, dark fruits up front, raisins, with spicy alcohol, lots of dark chocolate bitterness. Body is a little chalky.
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Pours black with very dark brown head. Aromas of tons of roasted malts, tons of chocolate, bit of coffee, and some hops. Flavor of roasted malts, cocoa, bit of coffee, some vanilla, and some faint hops. Finishes very dry and roasty. This is an extremely good stout, but the BA version I had at DLD blew this away.
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF! Definitely one of the better brews of the night. Liquid coal pour with a 1/4 inch cocoa colored head that left sticky lacing inside the glass. Aroma has loads of dark bitter chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor is equally solid with coffee, cocoa powder, and caramel chews showing themselves. Nice creamy, full-bodied texture. Yum.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
With all of the decorations to the display name stating how much a taster costs, how there are no samples, no growlers, no pitchers, I assumed it was going to be epic. it was ok. little chocolate, pretty sweet and raisin laced. mediocre.
Dogbrick (10033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours black with a thick brown head that recedes slowly. Large patches of lacing on the glass. Big chocolatey aroma with vanilla and coffee notes. Rather full body with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and caramel malt. The finish is reminiscent of an iced mocha. Pretty good all around.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the 13th Annual Strong Ale Fest on 12/4/2009. This Imperial Stout pours a dark black color from the tap. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, cherries and some bourbon. A full bodied Russian Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee with a touch of wood and bourbon. The hops are earthy and herbal. Nice balance. Decent carbonation. The chocolate flavors really dominate in this beer, but they mix well with the bourbon flavors. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong Ale 2009, one of the standouts of the night and really nice to see a PP SC beer that really stands out like this. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet and rich, somewhat malevolent of whats to come. Taste is super sweet, with rich chocolate, and a big punch, really tasty impy.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizza Port Strong Ale fest, top 3 beers of the afternoon. Pours a motor oil black with a creamy chocolate head. Nose held tons of sweet vanilla, caramel, toffee and some cocoa dust. Flavor held a good amount of bittersweet chocolate, toffee, some bourbon heat and sweet vanilla on the finish.....damn tasty.