ElGaucho (2263) - 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.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A big heavy sweet sipper that has glued my lips shut with barley sugar. This is for those who like expressive dessert beers.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Graciously shared by nolankowal. Pour is thick and black with no head. Aroma of roasted malts and some coffee and chocolate as well. Not a great aroma, but solid. Mouthfeel is superb! Very thick and extremely creamy, this stuff just coats your mouth and tongue while you enjoy the flavors. Plenty of roasted malts in the flavor, and those are backed up by some sweet vanilla and chocolate tastes as well as a hint of hops in the end. Very enjoyable brew.
beastiefan2k (2644) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Motor oil black, no head, just a bit at the end of the bottle. Aroma is leafy bittered hops with lots of burnt fumes (I guess I mean really roasty, so damn roasty it’s burnt). Taste is sweet burnt roastiness., prunes and all this is rounded off with leafy hops again. A medium bitterness and a slightly slick body adds a nice coating dimension. Yet overall this is rather drinkable. 22oz bomber, Rodenbach tulip glass.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very dark brwon body with blackened/ruby hues, extremely oily, viscous and is visibly thick. Beige bubbles fail to form a substantial head, only a thn layer of creamy carbonation. The aroma is filled to the brim with highly roasted grains and a large oatmeal presence, bold but unobtrusive alcohol with berry esters, chocolate, prune, pan-scorched and scraped caramel, licorice, molasses and coffee notes. The nose is creamy and dotted with ethanol, moderate hoppy bitterness and plenty of desired character. The flavor is superbly roasty and larger than life. Sweetness is medium to medium-high, bitterness is mild to medium. Acidity is low and astringency mild. Vanilla and raisin additions. Finishes lightly bitter with sweet chocolate, coffee and oats lingering. The palate is exceptional, very dense and fantastically creamy, with low carbonation and is full bodied and slick. Drinkability should be higher for such a creamy palate experience; hot alcohol prevents this. This isn’t world class but it is very delicious.
hopscotch (9822) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours thick and dark with a late-arriving, creamy, orange/brown head. The robust aroma offers notes of burnt caramel, ethanol, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso and resinous hops with light blueberry and raspberry esters. Huge, bossy flavor with lots of deeply roasted malt sweetness. Tannic, singed bitterness. Essences of bittersweet, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, espresso and carbon. Ultra-full-bodied with the viscosity of motor oil. Chewy with soft to modest carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet, molasses and chocolate finish. Kudos to boboski for the sample!
DialSquare (3092) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Fat Heads in pittsburgh. Black with creamy tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Creamy palate. Roasted chocolate coffee flavors. Good balance. Alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a thin brown head. The oily body noticeable adheres to the glassware. Aroma of roastiness, vanilla, oatmeal, lactose, and molasses. Flavor of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, and chocolate with a bitter finish.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours deep brown with a small head. No Lacing. Aroma of sweet and rich chocolate and liquorice. Tastes adds in some big hops; bitter and grassy, almost metallic, but not overpowering. Full body, thick. Metallic finish. Pretty warm. It probably could use a little aging.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy dsnowden. Black. Small brown head dissipates slowly. Aroma of roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, burnt grains, subtle bitter, resinous, and spicy hops. Same flavors, more intense. More hops, subtle coffee, solid oats in the second half and finish. No suggestion of alcohol. Full body, balanced carbonation until the oily smooth finish. Oats help the palate on this tremendously, great mouthfeel. Heavy, but drinkable. Excellent stout.