EithCubes (4628) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Chocolate and roast nose with faint nuts and a slightly syrupy fruitiness. Malty but with a nice dusting of hops. Coke-colored pour with a creamy, richly tanned head. Taste is carbonated, dark, and lightly bitter, aforementioned fruit with light mocha and nuts, pleasant roast with a little dust. Smooth, creamy lightish medium body, still very quaffable. Malt-heavy with lactose and even a little Yoo-hoo. A little too bittersweet to really be called a dry stout, but close enough for jazz. Alcohol is absolutely no detectable - I made a mistake by drinking 8% so quickly. A nice surprise, though.
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Roasted barley nose with notes of chocolate, cold coffee, and prune liqueur.
Taste: Dark malts tasting of melted dark chocolate and roasty coffee, though not too much roast. Drizzle of thick molasses, a few sprigs of licorice. Lightly fruity. Very slight, passing hop bitterness. Just a little sour near the end. Earthy, chocolatey finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not bad, not bad at all. For me, it’d be a lovely every day kind of stout.
lb4lb (2215) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in trade with SPLITGRIN. Thanks!
Pours black with a medium tan head. Smell is very mild but of roasty malt and very light clean hops. Taste is creamy, and dark roasted malt. Almost a light alcoholic like flavor in there as well with some mild bitterness. Somehow, something about the flavors don’t mesh well and it has a bit of an odd flavor. Drinkable though.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black pour with a decent tan light brown head and no lasting lacing. Smell is super mild roasted raisins with a touch of alcohol. Flavor has bold figs and alcohol and has a somewhat burnt charred fruit or fig aftertaste. Mouthfeel is okay and seems thick but has low carbonation.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Has all the characteristics of a foreign stout — malty, sweet, and less fruity and hoppy than an imperial stout. Dark brown body with a finger-size tan head that diminishes. The light aroma is sweet with vanilla, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Slight roast notes. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. The finish turns moderately bitter, roasty and is lasting. Turns dry. Medium body with a milk-like texture and soft carbonation. Well made.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is quite malty, I think. The appearance is very dark. The flavor is sweet, fairly well balanced, and yet intriguingly complex. It is not entirely straightforward and it continues to reveal itself in its aftertaste. The first taste is a pleasant surprise. The palate, though complex, does not seem entirely balanced, and slightly stilted, but on the whole this is a really quality beer.
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Illini08. Thanks Jeremy! Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint when held up to the light. It had a one finger width tan head that disappeared quickly. The aroma consisted of a lot of dark fruits and suggary roasted malts with hints of dark chocolate and coffee. The taste contained a lot of dark chocolate with a strong suggary malt tone. The aftertaste was a bit bitter and had an alcohol bite to it. This was a very solid extra stout... very drinkable and enjoyable.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into sniffer. aromas include roasty malt, red wine, molasses, tobacco, and bitter chocolate. Appearance is very dark, almost black with creamy espresso head that holds long enough to provide some descent spotty lacing. The flavor is less complex than aroma; pretty simple, low-abv imperial stout. With hints of chocolate, coffee, and a malty backbone without anything setting it apart from others. Kind of too bitter, not in a hop way, but in a sort of out of balanced weird finish way. Rich, thick, and creamy on palate, at least more so than the abv. would imply. Overall: Delicious, pretty damn drinkable, and pretty affordable at around 8 dollars for 6 pack in St. Louis. I would call this a hybrid between a stout and an imperial stout.
bierkoning (9826) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from dkachur, thanks! Deep dark brown color. Soft roasted aroma with hints of peach and licorice. Dry roasted flavor with loads of laurel and licorice. Some dark chocolat. Slightly alcoholic. Just a bit thin. Solid extra stout.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first sip of this ended in me smiling from ear to ear...with the exception of the year round staple oatmeal stout, I really dig all schlafly stouts, but this may be the best of them. Very roasty and big yet drinkable. I look forward to drinking this again next year.