tgncc (2848) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy chocolate and mild coffee aroma. Very pleasing. The appearance is dark brown, almost black, modest tan head, very attractive. The flavor is chocolate syrup, and a mild, not bitter coffee flavr, which augments the chocolate nicely. The finish has a restrained but lingering bitterness, mainly from piney hops. Great thick mouthfeel, sticky syrupy sweet. This is a blatant and shameless attempt by ST to extend their Blackwater series beyond its useful lifespan, but man I love this beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, slight roasting, chocolate malts, and chocolate brownie. Poured very dark brown in color with a medium-sized, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Medium sweet flavor. Tastes of chocolate, slight alcohol, chocolate egg cream, slight chocolate, slight cola, slight coffee, and malts. Full body. Slick, creamy, texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, chocolate and slight alcohol finish.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. A very fine combination of mouthwatering sweet milk chocolate and balanced coffee. Bitterness is not out of control and the alcohol is well concealed.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a light tan head. Delicious coffee/chocolate aroma. Powerful, sticky sweet flavor reminiscent of coffee liqueur. Nice for dessert.
Arayaga2 (1806) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily black with a bit of brown head, and the look of viscosity. Aroma is intensely chocolatey with a fruity hint like a cherry cordial. Taste is the same, with multiple streams of cocoa taste, and bitter edges alternate with sweet. There is also a licorice or leafy sasparilla element that plays heavily into the finish. Chalky in the mouth, but slippery at once. Complex and interesting, but none too subtle. Very nice, hard to drink. $7.50/22oz
thornecb (4502) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Beige head with good retention recedes to hug rim. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Thick with sweet cocoas and cream. Turns to espresso in the lasting coffee finish. Alcohol is well hidden.
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Brews Cafe, served in a chalice. This hybrid Imperial Stout pours flat black with a medium thick and foamy light brown head that recedes slowly. Vanilla mocha aroma. Rich and sweet body with flavors of milk chocolate, espresso and vanilla. The finish is assertively sweet cocoa and chocolate offset by moderately bitter coffee aftertaste. Definitely a sipper and an interesting beer, but honestly less than the sum of the 2 beers from whence it came.
Ron (2648) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with brown head. Aroma is of chocolate and some coffee. Flavor is of intense chocolate with notes of prune, coffee and some alcohol. This was great. Thanks for the trade JB.
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bomber shared by the KW group. Pretty sure it was Oliver’s, but I’ll also say thanks Mat. Pours a nice viscous brown with a small mocha head. The aroma is great, straight coffee, but as if the coffee had cream and sugar in it. Awesome. Fruity esters as well, like mellon, which is something I like in my Imperial Stouts. The flavour is rich and delicious. Same fruity esters standing out, nice sweet chocomalt, more chocolate than coffee in the flavour actually. Quite nice, very well integrated. I really doubt it’s actually 11%, since booze was not a factor in either flavour or aroma, I’d like to see what the LCBO could prove it to be.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour, a little thin. Light tan head on top. Strong cocoa aroma. Very pleasant. Sweet cocoa chocolaty flavor very reminiscent of the Choklat. Fades to a bitter coffee finish with some hops. Good balance of the two flavors. Excellent stout.