BadAprilia1000 (392) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Okay, first off this is not a stout. It’s a sour with stout/chocolate sweet notes,
Aroma is of dates/cherries, chocolate, with a note of medium roast coffee. Definitely strong on the dried fruit. I feel like this is primarily a Belgian style ale with notes of a stout. All of the flavors they describe are there.This tastes like sour chocolate. I love the aroma........
danrcook (25) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful bottle. Hints of sherry, oak, sweet vanilla as well as dark chocolate. Good foam and great finish. Smooth dark ale.
gregwilsonstl (1817) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells like oak. Raisens. Some chocolate. Dark brown. I was expecting better. Slight sour like cherry. Very cool bottle.
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 (3870) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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 (3233) - Meridian, 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 (871) - 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 (2486) - , 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.