robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a opaque dark brown with a large tan foamy head, and great lacing.
smell is of dark fruit, cocoa, musty, a touch of vanilla, and some spice.
taste is of dark fruit, yeast, dark chocolate, a little vanilla, brown sugar, some sweet fruits in the back, malt, chocolate covered cherries, spice, some wood, and a touch of coffee. ends smooth and a tad thin. very complex compared to your fathers imperial stout. definitely a good one.
frank0830 (60) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a snifter, this poured with a very thick beautiful head and a dark cola like consistency. The head take a bit to settle and once it does, the stout begins to shine but just isn’t there yet. The oak comes through as does coffee and a bit of dark cherries and rasin. The caramel wants to peak through as does the roasty chocolate that should be found in every stout but lacks. I am a little disappointed in this but plan to buy another and revisit next fall. It needs some time and I believe Mr. Koch intended that when he put a cork in it.
poisoneddwarf (1717) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml corked and caged barrel-shaped bottle. Pours a deep dark brown to almost black with a medium beige head that falls into a blanket after a couple minutes. Aroma consists of wet river rock, dark fruit (cherries, raisins), barnyard funk, chocolate caramels, molasses. Taste is like a cross between an English imperial stout (think Samuel Smith) and a Flemish red--sweet and lightly tart, fruity. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation soft. Unique and tasty.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep cola, moderate to large frothy beige head, fairly nice lacing. Molasses is strong, otherwise soft dark pitted fruit, a little musty. Smidgen of Gingerbread cookie dough. Musty/Barnish notes of dark pitted fruit, a little bit of burnt brown sugar and molasses. Not a real robust example. Not really getting any oak in this one. Nor chocolate, nor coffee. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Tart finish, a little dry, dark pitted fruit, mustiness, a little dank, with very faint roasted malts. Seems more of a Belgian Dark Strong versus an Imperial Stout.... but whatever, enjoyable even tho nothing stands out.
dlovell2 (794) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown almost black with tan head. Chocolate and cherries in aroma. Smooth palate. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors with an underlying flavor of cherries. A little tartness in finish. Very nice unique brew.
Sammer (1042) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla and cold coffee. Complex and interesting.
alexsdad06 (5479) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is initially sweet roast, cocoa, dry Belgian character, some tart dark fruits. The flavor is a complex mix; roasted malts and chocolate, dark fruits with a slight tart character, dry, sweet Belgian character, mild spices and oak. Overall, this is worth trying, but I probably wouldn’t seek this out again.
JFGrind (1847) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with other raters, many flavors (brown sugar, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and yeasties) come together in a united front. Strong Belgian style Stout professionally assembled by Sam Adams. I am constantly impressed by the diversity of offerings of Sam Adams. Barrel aged beers are a welcome addition to the line-up.
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, shared by Jay. Clear but very dark color, minimal light brown head. Good lighter body, but a good creamy texture, soft lighter carbonation. A lot of complexities to this beer, but they all blend together impressively well, neither part over powers the other. Tart taste, but also some chocolate bitter sweet. Good roasty flavor. Light belgian style spice. Light bite to it, not quaffable but definitely tasty and interesting. Unique brew.
dyetube (1182) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Choice Beverages in McKinney. Pours black with a thin tan head. The aromas are pepper, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon. The mouthfeel is dry, slightly fizzy and roasty with a heavy body. This was a very nice brew!