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 (12182) - 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.
DietPepsican (1585) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin white head. Aroma is very roasty with a bit of malts. Roasted malt flavor, some sweet sugar, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Finishes slightly bitter, a bit thin but silky smooth.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is actually a pretty damn good beer. It’s a reasonably deep brown/black color. Taste is very roasty, plenty of coffee flavors coming through with a nice silky body. Sweet and tasty, reminiscent of a slightly lighter version of Kalamzoo. Very nice.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle from some Wine Shop in Brentwood, TN. Pours an deep dark mahogany with a nice tan head and some slight lacing. Aroma of chocolate milk and dark roasted malts. Initial flavor of dark unsweetened bakers chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Middle palate comes the spicy bitterness, char, and peat. Finish is dry, powdery, and slightly sweet with some hints of pepper. This is a fairly solid beer here. Perhaps I may pick up more to lay down for 6 to 12 months to see if the malts and sweetness come out a little more.
topherh (1922) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours a murky brown with a tan head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is of chocolate, coffee, with some vanilla notes as well.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to NachlamSie. Pours a dark reddish brown with tan head. The aroma is roasty with some interesting chocolate and cherry notes, maybe a touch of anise. The flavor is bitter chocolate, anise, unripe raspberry, and coffee. It develops a woody bitterness that reminds me of tree bark for some reason. Some deep caramel sweetness comes out then, with some earthy notes and a slightly smoked-meat-like finish. Not bad.