Ernest (6838) - 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.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber- Stella glass. Pitch black body with a lighter brown head. Nose is full of alcohol and dark fruits, roasted malts in the backround. Thick and oily, chocolate and dark malts. A little vanilla and alcohol in the finish.
Metalhead (639) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! Pours like motor oil with a very wisp of a tan head. Aroma is mild of chocolate and hints of roast. Mouth feel is F,ing awesome. Sweet and sticky. Flavor is dark chocolate with roast and hints of oats. This is a sipper even tho you want to suck it down. One of the best stouts I have ever had.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of chocolate malt smell during the pour. Flavor has intense dark chocolate and sweet roasted flavors. Backend hop flavor and bitterness come through to balance out the sweetness. Not much carbonation but there is a small dense brown head. Very smooth mouthfeel.
Panzuriel (1513) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque dark liquid with almost no head. Mildly sweet and malty aroma. Dry but very mellow oat flavor. sweet alcohol presence on the swallow. very nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel soft and medium full.
sloth (2665) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My second bomber of this brew and it,s not much better than the first. Pour is pretty much flat. Took some vigorous swirling to gain a small but nice looking tan, brown head. It faded pretty quickly as well. An almost opaque black colored brew. Nose is lightly fruity, raisiny with some alcohol notes coming through. Full bodied, oily on the palate, creamy, fairly lifeless as it lacks in the carbonation dept.. Light roast and chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee and dark fruits. Alcohol flavor is noticeable as well. Finish is sweet, roasty with a strange astringency. I was expecting a bit more, oh well. A fair bit over-rated IMHO.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black with a small brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is very sweet and malty with some roast and chocolate.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black body with a small tan head. The aroma is vinous, rum, molasses, light roast and coffee. The flavor is quite sweet, plums, molasses, lots of dark chocolate, light citrus hops and alcohol. Full body is soft and sticky with very light carbonation and quite a bit of heat on the finish.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer absolutely shattered my expectations. Pour was jet black with a light tan head around the brim. Nose big on chocolate and malt. The flavor is where its at though and it was off the wall. Chocolate, caramel, some coffee, and slight hop. It went down so smooth, but its a really heavy strong beer and I couldnt drink the 22 oz bomber alone.
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Didn’t realize this was the highest rated ST beer when I picked it up at Whole Foods in Wheaton, IL the other day. Chocolate malt aroma with some sweet fruit. Black body with a large, brown head. Some lace. Sweet with a high alcohol presence. Excellent hop finish. Reminds me a bit of Oak Aged Yeti. An excellent beer, although a 22 oz bomber of this stuff is a strong meal in a bottle that will leave you feeling it.