Guerde (1112) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Pours jet black with a thin dark tan head and minimal lacing. Initial aroma when cool provides a large scent of stewed dark fruits, concord grape juice, chocolate covered raisins, booze, roasted malt, and some cocoa. Smells slightly different than most imp stouts, as the scent is more dark fruit heavy, and the roasted malt takes a back seat. Further warming lends an unexpected scent of pumpernickel bread. Flavor holds plenty of chocolate covered raisins, bitter cocoa, roasted barley, and jammy plum. This then finishes out to a lingering roasted finish with the slight warming of booze in the background. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is perfect. While very good now, I can definitely see this one developing quite nicely in the cellar.
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured black with a brown head and fair lacing. Aromas are subtle malts, hops, coffee and hints of coffee. The flavors are where this beer comes threw...bitter sweet chocolate with coffee overtones, spicy malts with licorice and molasses undertones and subtle notes of hops and dark cherries. The finish bitter and dry with a lingering maltyness and subtle bitter dark fruit notes.
Damico (2210) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very muddy, murky brown unclear with a small cinnamon caramel head. The aroma brings some bourbon barrel, clean in the nose, enjoyed. Flavor is rich roasted chocolate flavors with smooth boozy bourbon notes, ligher for sure but nice on the palate. Light gritty texture, not too creamy but body is full.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with a brown head. A roasted malt aroma. The sweet flavor with a long roasted malt, coffee, honey and chocolate finish. A robust and enjoyable stout.
Jabic (349) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Vinous, raisin and some woody resin - molasses and dark sugar.
Ap: Black, opaque - medium mocha head with moderate retention - very thin cap of uneven lacing, some suds.
T: Sweet dark raisins and chocolate - ashy, with lots of bittersweet cocoa throughout - warming alcohol and high bitterness - hop flavor is piney and woody - finish is more dark chocolate, charcoal, and dark dried cherries.
P: Full lush body - medium-high carbonation - dry finish.
O: Delicious. Complex mixture of dark fruit, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Very satisfying, with a rich mouthfeel to top things off.
bigguns22 (525) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great beer that I wish I get all winter. Aroma muted but good chocolate and roasted malts most noted. Very dark brown with red hues in the light with a small tan head. The aromas and flavors grow and get better as it warms. Starts out with flavors of chocolate,grains and roasted woody notes but the finish in bitter the good kind that stay on your palate for 3 to 5 mins.
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HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Big black pour with a small tan head. The aroma is lush and intoxicating. A whirlwind dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Mild dark fruits and touches of honey. Flavor is big and bold. Strong bitterness imparted from the richness of the roast. Lots of chocolate with touches of coffee and mocha. Nice big mouthfeel. Very nice beer from Sierra Nevada.
TheEstimator (27) - Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somewhat muted nose, but chocolate and roasted tones dominate. Palette is near perfect; thick, unctious, nearly syrupy mouthfeel! Taste exudes chocolate, dark bing cherries, toasted malt and burnt goodness! The amazing finish lingers nearly forever and permeates the mouth for MINUTES after swallowing; finish being rather bitter, but pleasant. Almost reminds you of the things you donít taste on the forefront. Excellent, excellent stout! Most intriguing!
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured black with a moderate, tan head. Substantial roast on the nose. Barley/cereal grains with roast, coffee, dark malt, dark chocolate. Nice drinking for 10.2%. Moderate bitterness astringency with a sweeter side towards the finish. I like.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice aroma with a lot of wood. Flavor follows with a dominant wood along with chocolate and coffee. it gets better as it warms. Probably should be served at 50 degrees plus.