dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Black SURPRISE! Nice thick tan head.
Aroma: big roasted malt but not in the coffee way more of a bittersweet chocolate. I hardly get any hops at all.
Taste is sweet and sweet and a bakers chocolate and sweet some more.
Palate is nice thick but not overly so. Overall not a great stout. oh well.
weordie (102) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a thick medium chocolate head. Aroma of smokey cocoa with a hint of coconut. Taste of dark chocolate, smoke and a hint of coffee. Simply put... delicious
VictorStr (1439) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ julafton med fader och fadern. Mycket chocklad i aromen, všldigt balanserad i smaken, rostade kaffe toner. Fantastisk
Quack-Duck (8147) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, merci Monsieur le Docteur! Deep black, with a brown head. Chocolatey nose with soem coffee. Almost oily consistency. Full-bodied, dark, dark malts, roasty, with chocolate and freshly ground strong coffee, also some dried fruit in the background - dates, figs and apricot. Delicious.
Chalsk (1085) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On the Ninth Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me . . . a disappointing stout. When I saw the bottle my eyes lit up. I was hoping for a big, thick, chocolatey, roasty, hoppy stout. It feels like itís trying to get there but itís a little too light, a little too sweet, and a little light on the roast. It seems closer to a black IPA without a big enough hop hit. It pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit with some roast and earthiness. Sweet chocolate caramel tase with roast and grapefruit. Some more chocolate on backend. It has the components. But just doesnít come together for me. Decent.
dlihcsnatas (347) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thick black brew with brown head that dies off fast. Smells of alcohol and chocolate malts. Taste is pretty much the same but with a hop bitter dryness. There is an alcohol bite to it that does let you know this one is not something to chug but rather sip at. Decent brew but too much booze to make it really enjoyable. Got a 4 pack so thinking about hanging on to the other 3 a while to see if they mellow some with age.
Bootlegger007 (70) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours Black, very black with a small diminishing head which clings to the glass, roasted malts very earthy aroma high alcohol fumes, flavour was heavily roasted malts, coffee and chocolate mixed in had a very earthy bitterness to it, soft carbonation, found it refreshing even on a 33 degree evening slick in the mouth, excellent stout.
CaptainBoosh (37) - - DEC 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, thick with light brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is very faint toasted malt, faint cocoa. Taste is toasted, chocolate, dried dark fruit with barely a hint of alcohol. Nice chewy mouthfeel. This is a great stout and the ABV is barely noticeable, which could be dangerous.
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coombuyah26 (7) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Vintage Estates Wine and Beer, poured into a snifter. Thereís a nice light brown head that you donít always see when pouring a heavy beer like this. Just coming out of the bottle I notice that itís not as thick-looking as others either. Still, itís jet black and completely opaque. Smell isnít as complex as I had expected. Itís certainly roasty, like a burnt toast kind of scent, with a little dark chocolate. Smells like a stout, not really an imperial stout. Really shines on the palate, though. Thereís a lot going on, but not so much that it overwhelms you. Bitter up front, sweeter on the finish, lots of roasty flavors and a lot more coffee to it than expected. The mouthfeel is perfect, Iíd never believe that this is a 10.2% beer. Goes down like a normal stout. This beer is of the style and high-quality that I expect from Sierra Nevada. Very well done.
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Total Wine. Home with a snifter. Pours a thick black with deep mocha head. Aroma is booze, chocolate, cocoa powder, graham crackers. The taste isnít as boozy as the aroma. Chocolate, cocoa powder, graham cracker, caramel, and vanilla. Hint of coffee bitterness at the finish along with the booze. Better as it warmed. Medium mouth and carb. Slick. Full body. Great flavor.
Frank (3025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big old beer here. Rich and thick with a ton of roast with smooth hop bitterness. Nice full bodied mouthfeel without being too thick or heavy. Big flavors but balanced with nothing sticking out or harsh. Not a killer but a well brewed beer.