lusikka (4039) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle @ WPBF 2013.
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a white head. Aroma of roasted malts, cream and some coffee. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee, cream, some tart fruitiness and grassy hops. Yeast as well. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Rather simple for an imperial stout.
wildbeercat (118) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 / 750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass slowly and gently. Served cool.
Aroma: Smells pretty boozy; definite alcohol smell. Behind that, dark fruit. Raisins/currants. Coffee grounds. Dark bittersweet chocolate. They all blend together exceptionally well.
Appearance: Opaque dark brown, with a cola-like head; the color and fizziness and lack of retention all remind me of cola. Before it fizzes down though, it is quite creamy-looking.
Taste: Wow. Where to start...Some raisins, definitely. A nice spice package that reminds me of some Belgian ales Iíve had. Ends one some delightfully velvety smooth and bittersweet chocolate.
Palate: Full body. Warms. Coats. Lingers. Somewhat fizzy on arrival.
Overall: Actually a really fantastic beer. I wasnít expecting the spice in this one, and it really played well with the other flavors. Pleasant surprise! Would definitely drink again and recommend.
Hophead22 (2742) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Rating #268. Mostly solid black in color, but I seem to detect just the tiniest bit of brown around the edges, head was a little thin and light beige in color. Fruity aroma, light chocolate and a very mild roast. Tart and a bit more fruit and a little sweet. Not a big fan really. (2705)
Bricktop86 (398) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is slightly sour, Belgian yeast, chocolate and oak. Taste is a mix between a stout and quad.
marv3mania (66) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I sampled this at a Sam Adams sampling. The appearance was dark, but a bit lighter than what I expect from a stout. The aroma and taste both reminded me of cola with some yeast and coffee beans. Strange taste for a stout, and I wasnít a fan.
ericdevin (234) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Columbia event. This category definitely has some stiff competition, nut that being said, this is really a pretty decent beer. Pours very dark with a slight tan head. Aroma is big, lots of yeast/funk but also some stone fruit. Thick, malty body and finish very sweet, not much of the warming.
Kinz (2967) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The least successful of the barrel room ones we sampled. Aroma was chocolate and slight barnyard. Flavor matched. The Brett and the roasted malts went to war with each other to the detriment of both. Too bad, thought the underlying stout was quite nice before the Brett went to work.
Slipstream (1775) - USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like trying Sam Adamsí special releases - there is usually something interesting going on. 13th Hour has the flavor of supermarket brand coffee, bakers chocolate, some yeasty pumpernickel, a dash of vinegar or lemon. Big, dark, foamy pour. Full, yeasty, lightly sweet aroma. The attractively shaped bottle they have been using may be unique to Sam Adams, at least in the beer world. This has that artisanal Jolly Pumpkin vibe.
swanmann (469) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís dark chocolate brown with plum tones and a modest amount of tan head which settles fairly quickly. Aromas or caramel, booze, some dark pit fruit, like cherry or plum. Tastes sort of like a tripel but with a little roasty bitterness and some burnt dark sugar and notes of syrupy fruit. I guess the oak is lost on me, but I sat on this for a few months so maybe thatís got something to do with it ?? Soft carbonation and full flavored. If this was a blind tasting Iím pretty sure I wouldnít think his was a stout, but itís still delicious. Iíve had 3 beers in this collection and I have to say, I am a fan of the concept and itís great to see how each builds upon the mother brew.
brewcrew2002 (75) - USA - APR 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark color almost coffee like. Big light brown head that seems a bit frothy