crajun (934) - , Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 03/10 - had a couple more; dropped my rating slightly (had at same time as alaskan stout and liked that slightly better).
the ending is a dry
hopped finish which seems different for this style - but i like it!!
purchased 4 pk locally; pours dark cola with BIG dark tan long lasting head. smell of roasted and coffee.
Just recovering from cold, so taste buds may be off but DAMN that was good.
Flavor was coffee and roasted; carbonation seemed high to me but maybe thatís why I got no alcohol taste from such a high ABV beer.
The end was very intriguing to me - I canít place it - definitely get the roasted coffe but there was something else ther (o thers say nuts).
will hae others and check back but DAMN glad to see a texas brewer put out this quality - I bleieve it is the best Texas beer to date.
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
$10 / 4 pack- Really odd opening that first can with the understanding this isnít domestic swill. And believe me, this is not Coors Light in your hand! Really nice bittersweet flavors with a brown malt backing that really does work. I can see how some are not digging the dryness factor, but I say bring it on! I love coffee and dry stouts, so this is right on for me. Hot damn, craft beer out of a can! Might be superior to glass, which always lets in some light. 1st Southern Star beer for me.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from payless off 96th in Fishers. Pours mild black with transparent brown edge and quickly fading light tan head. Nose is roasted coffee/chocolate malt, melding nicely. Taste is bitter roasted malt, thinly carbonated, and finishing very smooth. Notes of chocolate and coffee come through in a very good balance. A little rough, but overall very good. Nothing Iíd call sweet, on the dryer side.
6ROW (402) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
cola colored pour with a big rocky /dense tan head. brown ale aromas, sweet flat cola taste with a small coffee finish. alcohol is well hidden.
craftbeerdesign (2160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample @ Brewvival on 2/27/10. far from an Imperial Stout... this is more of a brown ale... pours like one... tastes like one.... etc. lots of nut aromas and nut presence over the body.... really lacking the depth and roast of a big imperial. very disappointed.
brokensail (10606) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is an opaque dark brown color with a full, creamy tan colored head.
S: Great notes of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee in the nose.
T: The characteristics of the nose translate very well to the palate. A lot of great dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a nice bitterness on the finish. Maybe a tinge of alcohol as well.
M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation.
D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. A great combination of roast and bitterness that I found to be very enjoyable.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby colored with a fully receding tan head. Notes of dark toffee, rye bread, rum, spice, molasses and toasted malts. Full bodied with lively carbonation.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty with hints of chocolate. Body is slightly thin for the given style. Coffee, roast, chocolate and a cream mouth-feel
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at Brewvival. very cool of these guys to make the trip from texas and bring some great beer. pours a dark brown, actually light for an imperial stout, with a whispy tan head and solid lacing. aroma is excellent with big, roasted nuts, chocolate malts, caramel, char, and mild coffee with a hint of molasses. flavor is wonderful with huge, roasted nuts (peanut, almond, fliberts), dark malts, cocoa powder, coffee with cream, wood, and burnt coffee with a touch of vanilla. palate is thinner than your typical imperial stout but it definitely works with the nutty, roastiness of the brew. overall, a well made brew that iíd like to try again.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can from Binnys singles rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a murly dark brown, lighter ruby light brown bottom that letís copious light through, a big brown head that cakes, laces well. Aromas are sweeter cocoa, roasted malts, a touch of tobacco, vanilla, coffee. Nice, sweeter edged. Initial is a good roasty base, sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee with cream, almost like a solid porter with a touch of tobacco, roasty and sweet, a nice balance with light bitterness on the backend, a bit warming. This is nice, not too roasty with a sweeter yet still bitter cocoa edge, coffee, and a touch of vanilla, smooth on the palate, faint hopping as it finishes, this is pretty good, although feels like a porter