hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego. Dark brown color with a black center and barely any head. Robust, spicy aroma with notes of smoke, earth and peat. Flavor follows suit with similar character, with a dry, hoppy finish. Good carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler sent by snojerk, thanks man! Pours a thin bodied black that let’s light through and a good looking loose 2 finger head that is a dirty grayish khaki. Nice amount of coffee malt up front with hints of light smoke and cocoa but a very assertive hop pressence that are slightly dank but mostly piney. Mouth feel is quite thin for a stout. The aromas on the nose are all there in the flavor...good amount of bitter coffee malt abundant hops. If I drank this without seeing it listed as a stout, I would say it is more of a black ipa or an American strong. At any rate it was very drinkable and the 8.5% wasn’t detectable.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from bvc via snojerk. Thanks!
Nose is roasty with notes of coffee and earthy hops, pine, floral and a hint of garlic hop notes. Dark brown pour with a creamy beige head and light sheets of lace. Coffee and chocolate, earthy hops with some floral and light pine. Darker malt sweetness adds balance, does not strike me as impy stout at all, but its a nice beer. Smooth and creamy with a light ashy finish. A little schwarzy at times. Nice drinking interesting stuff.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at port. Pours black with a creamy beige head, spotty lacing. Roasted malts with pine and an assertive hop nose. Some roasted malts and dark fruits in there as well.a very interesting brew, much different than expected.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Chocolate and coffee aroma and a rich milk chocolate taste and velvetty palate.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PP Solana Beach. At 8.5% it’s pretty much an imperial stout, so that’s what I entered it as, even though the bartender told me it was an American stout. Pour black with a tight CO2 bubble head over a thickish black liquid. Not sweet or dry. Some chocolatey roastiness at a low level. Pretty easy to drink. Good pizza beer. Excellent stout for this ABV.