Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks beautiful - jet black, loose tan head. Aroma is rich black malts, lots of grapefruit hops...reminiscent of St A. Sweetish flavour, but again with lots of citrusy hops, along with silky chocolate, light Vietnamese coffee. Gets a bit thin as it warms, but that’s about the only fault I could find. A lot like St A, only "foreign"-strength and obviously not made with Ringwood.
Tmoney99 (13344) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo.
Poured dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasted with heavy lacing. Moderate complex roasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium hoppy bitter finish of moderate duration.
Drinkable, but out of balance.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz botttle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, earthy and some pine. Tastes of chocolate, roast, some coffee, and a lighter earthiness.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Brewfest, GABF
black, fine tan head,
sweet chocolate aroma with a touch of roasted,
thin but creamy body,
rich chocolate and roasted flavor, nice sweetness, light bitterness, well balanced,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black beer, thin tan head. The aroma is lovely, rich piny hops over some black licorice, cocoa and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour is quite piny with a touch of peppery alcohol. As it warms the cocoa and dark malts really open up from behind the spicy/piny hoppiness. Lingering roastiness on the back. It’s kind of on the border of regular and imperial stout, but it’s quite tasty regardless of what you call it.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 13/10/2007
Hoppy aroma. Small tan head. Black strong in alcohol and fruity with some dryness in a crisp and bitter finish.
alexsdad06 (8919) - Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. The aroma has weak roasted malts and a strong hop presence. The flavor shows slightly more roast than in the nose, but is still very hoppy with a hint of dark fruits. Hoppy stouts are not my thing. Lighter side of medium bodied.
Rating #25 for this beer.
after4ever (7541) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwer’s. Solid adamantine black with a thick, sudsy tan head. Plenty of rich cereal and a bit of chocolate on the nose, along with a whiff of hop that leans toward the citric. Enormous grainy soft mouthfeel, really delectable right from the attack and that holds up through the mid-palate. Soft carb, plenty of rich roasty dark malt flavor and then a nice splash of bitter hop on the finish. Delicious.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Brandon for hooking me up with this bomber! Poured clear, deep brown with a medium cap of creamy, well-retained tan head. The aroma picked up an array of nicely-roasted black malts with dark chocolate, licorice, and black patent represented.. maybe a splash of earthy and herbal hoppage, but it was malty overall. The flavor lost a little specific character from the malts (mostly black patent with lesser coffee and dark chocolate), but the hops played a greater role (earth, pine, and citrus were well-blended in here).. finished with great balance between the roasty malts and hop bouquet. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. balance was great, and this was easy as could be to drink. I’d love to have a keg of this handy at the house.
riversideAK (6107) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color with a nice lasting head. Aroma is interesting for a stout. Smells like an APA with brown sugar, molasses, roast, and chocolate all with a good amount of piney hops. Flavors of brown sugar, molasses, light roast and chocolate with a nice piney/earthy hop profile. Somewhat creamy body. Had the finish of a pleasant APA with a little lingering roast. Very interesting to me. Nice.