TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler on tap at the brewpub (Wausau, WI). Pours a deeper blackish brown hue, darker opaque body with brownish glow on the edges and bottom, touch of ruby glow. A frothy tannish head sits atop, dies to a decent ring and laces small. Inky black body. Aromas are cocoa and a bit of dryness, light anise with gentle growing roast. Biscuits, bakers chocolate, mellow coffee. That faint anise element isn’t overwhelming, compliments just right. Some good roast, caramel, firmer dry toasty pull out. Initial is fuller bodied, big brooding carmelized and bakers chocolate off the bat. Toasty, firmer body of biscuit, black malts. Thicker but not overly sweet. A lot of roast, toast, cocoa, coffee, touches of anise hint in and out. Middle shows some girth, some dark fruit and cocoa mix with coffee and roast. Some ashy barley, roast. Gentle wood, ash, and roasty compliments. Mellow anise trails out. Backend is toasty, gentle dark fruit, a bit of tootsie roll like chocolate/dark fruit play. Dry as we keep moving out, roasty elements linger pretty well. Finish is dry and roasty, a touch bitter, with dark bakers cocoa, roast, and a bit of coffee dry roasty finish. A firm body that never gets overwhelming with the stronger darker roasty influence, gentle anise influence is never overdone. Pretty well constructed. Tasty.
cbfobes (2269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Old Fashioned, pours black with a thick brown head, the aroma has quite a bit of roast and chocolate, the flavor has a nice amount of chocolate on the front end with a little bit of coffee in the finish, mouthfeel is pretty nice and full, abv isn’t tasted at all, not bad.
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Old Fashioned. Opaque black with an oily, thin, beige head. Roasty chocolate aroma. Slight warming mouthfeel, with an almost peppery feel. Relatively easy drinking for the style still, I wouldn’t think this is over 8.5% max. Slightly syrupy, but still has a watery coffee thing going on. Not really that exciting, pretty straightforward brewpub fare. Oily. Sweet. OK.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Red Eye brewpub. Black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, licorice and mild notes of chocolate and alcohol. Creamy body is pretty smooth and solid throughout. Dark roasted malts, gourmet coffee, cocoa, licorice and dark chocolate dominate the flavors. Hides the alcohol well and just a trace of roasted malt bitterness on the finish. Pretty good.
scoobysnak (328) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of a growler from the brewery. Really dark, no light visible through it. The head was minimal but what was there was a very dark tan. Aroma was mainly roasted malts, licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Taste was sweet almost lactose, then the licorice showed up with a good hint of the roasty coffee in the aroma. The finish was moderately bitter.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draught during the Charlatan Imperial Stout beer launch at the Red Eye brewpub in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick dark tan head that leaves a creamy and marbled brown head as the head dissipates slowly. Aroma of dark chocolate, malted milk, black licorice/anise, creme tartar, and a hint of mocha. Taste is full bodied, silky smooth, with flavors of toasted black malt, lots of chocolate and a hint of black licorice. Finish is just as smooth as its flavor with a mild bitterness upfront followed by dark chocolate aftertaste that slowly disappears. The thick flavor before and during the finish hides any trace of alcohol. Absolutely phenomenal!
JohnRMurdoch (3170) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Paisley Beer Festival. Flowery aroma, clear yellow colour. Flavour of citrus fruits with lingering aftertaste. A good one.