VikingWrath (1) - North Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sam Adams should do better. Given the cost of this beer was expecting something not so shallow and without flavor. This is like drinking Storm King when mixed with water. Very sub par beer. Shame on you Sam Adams.
BeerStallion (5) - - DEC 16, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into pint glass.
A: Dark brown with reddish edges. A little bit of light pass through and a light tan head.
S: Weak aroma of rum raisin, toffee, coffee, and chocolate. Light fruit notes, dates or tart cherries.
T: Deep sweet barleywine with a presence of alcohol, chocolate, cherry or cranberry, and a bit of metallic oak.
M: Medium carbonation gets flushed out by the tart, sweet attack of the fruit. The fruit lingers long after the chocolate leaves.
O: less sweet than the criminally bad elf (recent tried). A decent barleywine but sweeter than I would have liked. Would do again at 9% though.
ads135 (3216) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
When compared to other, better Oaked Imperial Stouts. In fact, the oak in this beer is more of an off-flavor than anything else. I’m glad I had this at a tasting as I wouldn’t have to drink the entirety of the bottle. Tried at the winter beer tasting in Dec. 2012. Courtesy of Brandon.
jake65 (2810) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Nose is yeast and spice at first, cocoa and oak as it warms. Tastes of cocoa, light amount of oak, dark fruits, and yeast. Silky mouthful.
abcfan (786) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
These are the coolest bottles I’ve seen in some time. As far as the beer is concerned, ehhh, this one could be better. Pours black with a red tinge and tan head. Aroma is primarily Belgian funk, with some notes of chocolate. Lively carbonation in the mouth, with some notes of coffee / chocolate. Finishes sticky with notes of funky sour cherry.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. brown cooper’s mallet shaped bottle. Corked & caged. No freshness date seen. Poured out a dark, inky black, with red highlights. Decent mocha colored head. Aromas are of chocolate bars, cardamom, oak barrels, some smoke. Flavors are of burnt chocolate, spices, strong malts. Medium mouthfeel, but rich & chewy too.
Finished smooth for a big beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured into glass. Thanks to Dos2 for bringing this one. Amongst all the other beers consumed that night this one was very meh. Decent chocolate presence with a tad of burnt charcoal, but overall it didn’t do much for me.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at departmental picnic - thanks, David! God, these are the ugliest bottles but SA is still cool for doing this series. Nice sludgy pour, with a gritty medium tan head. Nose was inviting, pungently yeasty along with strong notes of chocolate, espresso, and oak. Pleasant, smooth mouthfeel with just a faint kiss of booze and the taste was pretty nice too, with some dark fruits emerging in the mix. Not quite as close to the Belgian stout style as the homebrew that was going around (!) but pretty nice.
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I actually didn’t expect to like this as much as I do. Very delicious aroma of brown sugar and sweet tarts. Smooth mouthfeel of small bubbles. Not as thick as I would have liked, but good for something different. I really like the sourness of this stout. It makes it unique.
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thirteenth hour pours out of a very unique bottle Opaque black with hints of red. The head is a quickly disappearing mass of small bubbles mocha in color. Nose is sweet red fruit and chocolate liqueur. Thin body with some small lively bubbles. Taste is restrained red fruit with medium malt middle that has hints of bittersweet dark chocolate. I understand the rancor over this not being a typical stout. it is definitely in the belgian style. Still a good beer though.