aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color was extremely dark brown/black. The head was dark tan, thin, and creamy. The aroma was sweet, soy sauce, some coffee malt, molasses, and some spice. The aroma was amazing. The flavor was soy sauce, sweet, roasty, and coffee malt. The palate was smooth with barely any carbonation. The finish was roasty and warm.
cheap (4627) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2007
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 On tap at the Trivia Pub. I was a little mislead on this one. I love sweet oatmeal stouts but disregard the terrible imperial stouts. All I could see from across the bar was the word oatmeal on the taphandle so I bought the farm. Big black pour. Thin chocolate mousse head. Aroma of mild rootbeer and licorice. First tate is like rootbeer, just for a nano second, then its imperial stout murder on the taste buds. Sweet, yet oppressive, quite odd for dark beer. Thick syrupy and mouth coating. Rather unfriendly. If there is any carbonation, I can’t tell because of the in your face angry taste bud impact. YEWW, very difficult to enjoy. Rude and overpowering. Finish is sickly tar and nearly triggers the gag reflex. Nasty, to say the least. Perfect example of a foreign or impy stout. Can you imagine thick rootbeer syrup spiked spiked with whiskey? Scores very low on the cheapdark enjoyability scale. Tastes like used shovelhead motor oil mixed with dishsoap, no kidden! Will not buy again. IMHO I’m not good enough for this beer, sorry. However, this is on par with fresh Expedition.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black color. Smell of pine, hops, malt, caramel, chocolate, fruit, smoke and alcohol. Taste of malt, chocolate, fruit, alcohol, hops, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, french silk pie, bread, pine and minor brown sugar. Very smooth. Great stout!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of vanilla and roasted malt in the aroma - real roasty. The alcohol content is high, but it is nicely blended with the flavors and finish of the beer. Medium sweetness, and very heavy. A meaty beer, if you will. Lots of chocolate in the flavor. It has a pretty oily mouthfeel, but it works for this beer.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a black body with a quickly dissipating deep brown head. The aroma is a rich oatmeal grain bag with milk chocolate and deep roasted malts. Nice to have no signs of black patent in this one to cover up all the fresh oats. The flavor is extremely filled with oats, sweet barley, rich milk chocolate, and caramel. Interesting charred malts. The palate is really viscous, sticky, sweet, and full bodied. Nice concentrated goodness. Nice malt bitterness.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Dense black, thick tan creamy head (great lacing left in the snifter). Rich sweet roasted coffee nose that flows over dry vanilla oat tones, hints of burnt chocolate woodiness, and touches of black currant. Flavor is truly intense with warming roasted chocolate and coffee notes that blend with dark berries drizzled with vanilla cream. Nice hop dose in the finish keeps the dark malt bill fully in check. Full bodied, smooth silky carbonation, bittersweet finish. Fantastic sipper! PS – try a splash of good bourbon in the last few ounces….oh the possibilities….
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from West LakeView Liquors. Pours a dark brown with a dense soapy brown head. Complex nose of creamy oats, chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, biscuits, and dough. Mild carbonation and a creamy texture. Molasses, chocolate, toasted, roast, toffee, raisins, a little bit of dark fruits and alcohol. The alcohol is a bit too hot, but is not overbearing either. Creamy and damn tasty. A perfect beer to consume while catching up on my ratings.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Bottle courtesy of Shadey. Black with rusty/burnt brown head, fades rather quick, but a quick swirl brings it back. Aroma dominated by chocolate and mollasses. Hints of dark fruit, roasted grain and pine background. Flavor starts with a huge mollasses kick, fades into creamy chocolate and huge pine resin. Finish leaves a certain bitter/burnt grain astringency flavor, huge turn off, knocks down the flavor at least 1 point, if not more. Though flavor through the front half is very similiar to 7000 IMO. Lots of warming alcohol, detracts a tad as well. Creamy smooth palate and mouthfeel. Think a little time would do some good, at least another 6 months or so. See a rerate in my future. Rerate. 07 bottle consumed, 11-19-11. Black, no head, oily. Aroma quitebig nice, chocolate, roast, licorice, big caramel/toffee character. Flavor much the same, but has some ligth cardboard/oxidation coming through in the finish. Astringency has mellowed quite a bit, as well as the hotness. Other than the oxidation it’s pretty nice. still around a 3.9 for me though.
Stine (1664) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very oily black pour, so syrupy that no head forms. Aroma of rum bread pudding with raisins, and an intimidatingly thick flourless chocolate cake; hints of grahams and honey. A resinous shade of juniper berry leading to black cherry. The sweetness heats up intensely as the body warms. Hot and viscous flavor with a slight metallic glint. Dark chocolate, molasses, irish cream, some rich meat with a gin glaze; awesome roast character that approaches that formidable edge of charred tar with care and grace, standing on the edge and never leaning too far. Dark fruit and table wine with a slow increase of citrus. Almost an off-balance strength of hoppy zest powers through at the end; pine and intense heat in the finish. Beefy smack with a powerful whiskey sweetness; slightest french roast astringency. Plenty to chew on, and lightly undercarbonated. Just a step or two away; age will do nicely.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (fall 2007 production).
Head is initially very small, fizzy, brown, fully diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is heavily malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain, caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), with notes of alcohol and vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Reminds me of Bells Expedition, though it’s not as polished. Most notably, the mouthfeel is lacking (syrupy and low carbo = no fun...it’s pretty overtly hot, too), and there’s no head to speak of to push it to a 5 score in that department (I don’t ask for much with high-octane brews, but this just doesn’t have anything to look at...opacity is impressive, though). Otherwise it’s very nice...rich malt aroma and very good balance for the style (yes, it’s very sweet, but still quite drinkable...that’s the one place the crashing alcohol kind of helps). Just a little more tuning and this will be stellar.