onceblind (4043) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(On tap at Shine as "Siva Imperial Stout"...I think it used to be "Sanitas" before a brewery with the same name opened in the same town, so Iíll leave my "Siva Stout" rating here for now until it becomes clear).....Dark black pour under a thin light khaki head. Big nose of chocolaty roast and earthy black malt sweetness. The flavor features the same with just a kiss of coffee. Itís malty without being syrupy or tasting too big (in fact it tastes dangerously below 9.2--Iíve had 6 percenters that have tasted boozier), but also lacks complexity. Neither the chocolate, coffee or roastiness plays a dominant role, I just get dark black malty sweetness. Itís not too heavy, which is good, but itís just not too flavorful.
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Plum and cranberry skin and chocolate and roast featured heavily in the nose. Thereís some black patent inkiness with some lighter herbal / spice / pepper accents. Unfortunately the husky malts come across as burnt sugar and burnt popcorn. Sweet, chewy black malt syruiness with chalky and pasty yeast and a watery and flabby body. Medium-high bitterness, lightly acidic, very sweet. Mostly minor flaws like some sour burnt grains and astringent campfire wood with a lengthy cloying black malt finish. Meh. When warmer and having breathed thereís some more hair spray / chemical notes and the plum and cranberry fruitiness seems more like a mass of overripe, almost-rotting dark / red fruits.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Shine. Black pour with a thin ring of tan head. Aroma of oatmeal, roast, and fudge. Coffee, slight ash, burnt sugar, and some licorice. Hints of dark fruit and earth. Flavor is roasted malt, ash, licorice, and fudge. Burnt sugar, molasses, and some dark fruit sweetness. Slight chewiness, some oatmeal/cookie notes.
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2012 Tap @ Shine. Black appearance with a dark brown head. Somewhat fruity, green apple (another infection?), roasty, burnt malty aroma. Tangy, pear, honey, apple, roasty malty, chocolate flavor. Either this is also infected or just sucks balls. (1.9)<br<
This time didnít have the issues that I had last time and it was overall a pretty nice, roasty stout. Not bad.