Atom (1118) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber of the 2011 edition thanks to Hellbilly! Pours black/brown with a medium brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark malts, lactose almost yogurt, molasses, very qualities earthy. Smooth with heavy dose of smoked and roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, nice bitterness. Pretty good stuff.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not more than a couple month old Beware of Dog bomber thatís been in my wine fridge. Pours to a deep black body with a sexy dark tan head. Nice slow carbonation when rejuvenating the head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate malts with a chocolate syrup like character. Some sweet molasses. The flavor is a tangy sour-ish sweet chocolate syrup. I know itís likely not supposed to be there, but it reminds me of a olde English porter. It really works. The palate is medium bodied and tangy. Glad I drank it when I did. I wonder how it would have been "fresh".
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
enjoyed the weekend of RBWG 2011on tap at Tops, pours thick black with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasty with thin notes of smoke and vanilla. Flavor is hot with bitter cocoa and an off putting sour note.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Pours clear black; thin tan head, no real lacing to speak of. Nose is roast, coconut and MASSIVE Red Triaminic Cough Syrup. God once you taste the cough-syrup, it cannot be untasted. Flavours are quite appropriate and roasty otherwise, but I barely got a few sips into this because the Cough Syrup notes were so strong. AVOID!
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lurking in the little glass with a deep, tar black body and a crazy thick head made of dark nutmeg brown cream, it left behind gorgeous thick sheets of sticky lacing and held a nice retention throughout the drink with little complaint. After reviewing a few other imperial stouts, I was slightly less intimidated by the appearance and dove right in with my nose. I gulped down roast coffee, salted toffee, bittersweet bakers chocolate, woody (oak maybe?) smoke, burnt caramel melted over brown sugar, and dark toasted malts. Despite the bold aromas, I didnít find the smell to be overwhelming in the slightest, but rather smooth and slow like molasses. The mouthfeel was suavely smooth as well, carrying a medium-thick body and closely resembling the nose in flavor. There were lots of dark toasted malts, chalky bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee, toffee and caramelized brown sugar. On top of everything was a fine layer of smoke, and resting just beneath everything was a smooth plum molasses. What little carbonation made it through the depths of this brew did little to interfere with the flavors and the beer had a nice warming effect. Quite a solid stout and very easy to drink if dark beers are your thing.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle split. Black cola color, thin rusty beige head that fades away after a minute or two, leaving an oily residue. Mellow sour cherry chocolate aroma. Uh-oh, I think this bottle is infected. Sour off tastes cover up most of the roast chocolate. I bought this beer at Jenifer St Market in Madison, which steadily serves up old and off beers. Sort of like the Unplugged Porter at this point, unintentionally. Off, unfair rate Id like to believe.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the AZ Strong Ale Festival. Pours inky black with a trim brown head. Smells of toasted malts and dark fruit. Tastes of each with added notes of molasses and plum juice. Less malty than I was anticipating, but very sweet and agressive. Solid.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at mellow mushroom. Damn pint glass. Black pour. Brown head. Chocolate, molasses and roasty aroma. Flavor follows suit with a nice sweet chocolate, molasses, coffe and roast. Great brew!
Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed at the brewpubís sister restaurant location in North Scottsdale. The best breed beer in the state. A meal in itself. Opaque black, with a dark brown bubbly head. Wafted some chocolate aromas. Flavourful, good roasting. Creamy full mouthfeel. Leaves lots of lace. Coffee and chocolate, good integration. Appropriate carbonation. Not a lot of coffee, and thatís also good.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mellow Mushroom Ė Phoenix. Served in a frosted pint glass?!? Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head that left nice lacing. The nose is roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. The taste, after letting it warm up, was ashy cocoa, dark fruits, charred malt, chocolate and bitter coffee. ABV was nicely hidden. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.