jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle... dark brown body, almost black, medium brown head rises about three fingers then settles to a once finger cap, ok lace... the aroma is off, smells slightly soured, light cherry, vanilla, a bit of coffee... the beer is a thin sweet stout, no oak surprised this is barrel aged, cocoa, belgian yeast, light sweet cherry finish... very average and boring
HopBackDoc (472) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with some red hues. Hints of cocoa and dark fruit in the aroma. Flavor was not a typical stout, with some of the same dark fruits, cocoa, spices, and a mild finish. Hard to notice the 9% ABV. Different, enjoyable, but probably a one timer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Funky 750ml bottle, cork and caged.
Pour is much lighter than I was expecting from a stout (I know the classification on BA is BSDA) - a clear dark brown out of the bottle that settles in short of black in the glass with a light beige head.
Aroma is certainly on the fruity side of things for a stout, with the Belgian yeast yielding lots of fruity esters. However, there is a some light spices and hints of dark roasted malts.
The taste is even sweeter than the aroma with tons of Belgian yeast, raisins and candi sugar. The stout character is extremely tough to pick out as there is little roastiness, coffee or chocolate that I can sense. There is a bit of spices in the finish.
The mouthfeel is light and fizzy even for a BSDA which makes it even less representative if you consider this a stout.
As Iím sure you can guess, this certainly wouldnít grade out as a very good imperial stout (or any kind of stout for that matter). Itís much more representative of a BSDA though itís not a great version in my opinion. Mediocre beer for me.
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is a beer that I really wanted to like. The neat looking black bottle which talked about the 13th hour being the witching hour screamed "TRY ME!". Being so close to Halloween, I had to see what Sam Adams conjured in such a vessel. The pour was dark but thinner than expected. It contained a strong alcohol aroma with licorice undertones. Curiosity pulled me in to discover what Hocus Pocus I had just poured into my glass. Unfortunately, when I expected chocolate and oak, I was met with oil of boil and a dead manís toe. All joking aside, I was less than impressed with this brew. The flavors donít make sense in my mouth. Though I canít put my "toe" on it, something is telling me not to sip any more although the price tag is telling me to drink up.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a minimal frothy light brown head that diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, chocolate and coffee aroma. Nedium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet roasted black coffee malty flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small wood and alcohol finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex good beer.
onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2011. Deep black with a beige head. Malty chocolaty aroma with a touch of licorice and molasses. Flavor is big and dark malty, molasses, dark cocoa, a little boozy and a touch of oak. Simple, but good and full bodied. Tastes like an average Imperial Stout.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle at GABF. Non-opaque black with brown at edges. Fizzy brown head. Nose is off putting, lots of clove and phenol with roast, clashing. Some cherry notes and vanilla as well. On tasting, flavors really clash all over the place, the yeast profile shouldnít be with the roasty notes. Really weird beer, light tartness. Not a particularly good whatever it is...
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours deep brown with a small light tan froth. Aroma is strangely fruity......some chocolate but wow, the fruitiness here is is odd, slightly tart cherry, dark fruits, a touch of spice. Flavor is the same, some oddly placed fruitiness really killing any possible roast, chocolate classic stout notes. No barrel present at all, really almost to the point of being....well, not a stout. If you were told me this was another style it might have gotten a better score than it did. The bottle description is nothing like what I tasted.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a thinner slightly murky dark tootsie-roll color with a frothy foamy tan head. Odd beer, wheat? sour, aceto, especially in the finish, bit fruity, tart cherries, ambrosia, stale fridge flavor, oranges and vanilla, perfumey smooth roast, faint acidic coffee in finish, just not right. Aroma of stale food from the refrigerator. Medium bodied and watery with soft fluffy carbonation feel. [much better as it warmed up and airs out. Acidity tends to tone down, body fluffs up and smoothes, Belgian yeast notes emerge, milk chocolate, red fruits. Certainly better now, seemingly more of a dubbel than a stout]
Dfonorow (805) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of burnt toffee, coffee, chocolate, and dark, roasted malts. Flavor is roasty and sweet with plenty of coffee and chocolate in the body. Warm alcohol with a dry toasty finish.