NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of TPD975. Fairly boozy aroma with burnt fruit and malt notes. Lesser hints of chocolate follow. Flavor is much the same, but the alcohol is even more pronounced and it tastes much more alcoholic than the abv indicates. Very nice mouth feel and quite solid, but slightly disappointing when considering the hype around it.
DSG (10543) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! 2009 bottle. Black. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some oxidation. Still really good.
VsXsV (3750) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, raw sugar, coffee, light vanilla, light bourbon and dried fruit. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light sour with notes of raw sugar, apples, light wood and bourbon. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice but probably too old.
djd07 (8020) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, chocolate, wood. Thick mouth, chewy, chocolate, roast, nice sweetness, very nice.
thepatrickman (542) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bomber, shared over Christmas. I finally got a chance to try this one after a long wait and a lot of trading. This is really complex, with a surprisingly large amount of malt flavor and sweetness that provides a lot caramel and fruit notes. Surprisingly, though, they never overpower the chocolate and roasted flavors from the darker malts, and everything pulls together extremely well. Big, balanced, and still exceptional, even after 4 years.
Art (2849) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared by Dan. Pours a dark brown black. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, light cocoa powder. Alcohol. Taste is sweet with a slight alcohol taste. Great for its age.
charule (2057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Dan. Poured black with thin tan head. Aroma very dark fruits salty. Light carb med bod. Taste mellow sweet light choc malty dark fruit.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: 2010 vintage. Dark, oily black pour with a fine-bubbled, leathery tan head that forms & dissipates just as quick. Aroma has a nice chocolate & roasted malt base with light hints of coffee & burnt toffee. However there are mild signs of infection. Faint cherry skin, must, wet dog, & some old cotton blanket lie in the periphery. Uh-oh. Surprisingly enough, those do not show up on the palate, & there really isn’t any apparent tartness in the flavor. Roast, coffee, chocolate malt, a touch of woodsy smoke, some licorice, with a slightly bitter & ashy finish. Strange how the nose showed infection while the flavor didn’t. In any case, the flavor wasn’t anything spectacular, either. Pretty standard for a stout. Good, but maybe a touch overrated.
Clownoisseur (405) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Pours nearly pitch black with some copper hues and a thin mocha cap on top. Breaks into minimal lacing and has some nice legs to it. Aromas of dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, roasted coffee and a subtle spice. Taste is bold roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and anise upfront. Some oak, subtle spice, raisin and leather come across the middle. The finish is nice and long. Anise, plum, moderately bitter hops and a slight brown sugar sweetness linger for days. The mouth feel is slightly sticky, slightly oily, slightly silky and 100% smooth. Very balanced beer and worthy of the praise it gets. RIP
Enjoyit (3733) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of chocolate, red berries, yoghurt, roasted malt, dry, fresh and fruity. A flavor of roasted malt, red berries, fruity and nice notes of oak.
mcberko (11944) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Vintage. 22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Nose brings out lots of chocolate, caramel, some brandy-like liqueur, and tobacco. Flavour is ultra-complex, with soy sauce, chocolate, caramel and some liqueur. Highly complex, with just enough oxidation, caramel and residual sweetness. Definitely overhyped, but this is a solid impie stout.