nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. THick oily black pour with a creamy tan head that quickly turns to a nice thin film over the top. Aromas of bready roasted caramel malts, coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of vanilla...some brown sugar. THe flavor which stood out a bit more than the aroma was of heavy roasted caramel malt, coffee, dark chocolate...elements of vanilla and some vinous notes as well. THick body with a silky carbonation...creamy, roasty, bittersweet...coats quite well and finishes creamy/sweet/roasty. Hands down the best thing I’ve ever had from Southern Tier. Overall, an awesome Imperial Stout...the only thing that holds me back a bit was the light aroma(but still a quite pleasant aroma).
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. One of the best I’ve had to date. Right up there with Stone RIS. Deep dark Black. Thick oil like black. Khaki head. Chocolate delicious-ness. Big but not eveident. Way better than the Java. top 5
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottled from a growler into a 6oz bottle like 8 months ago by cquiroga: Pours like a thick black sludge, tanish brown head and some lacing only if you get the pour to stir up as much carbonation as you can. The nose is light and more distant than I would have thought of a beer this viscous. Some creamy roasty notes and light fruit and ethanol. The flavor is rich and smooth as well, delicious, a hint of vanilla and coffee. It’s so thick and chewy but not intensely astringent or bitter at the same time. The oats really thicken the beer up. The finish is coffeeish, lots of umami. Good and tasty, this can truly beer a meal beer.
tHeReDsTrIpEr (2) - USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
A good beer with nice aroma, color, and taste. Pleasant on the palate with asweet aftertaste.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. I was worried that there would be none of this left. But alas there it was. Poured black with a medium tan head. Looked like Espresso but a little darker. Smell had oatmeal, courant, caramel, roasted coffee, chocolate and molasses. There was a faint bit of vodka as someone else said. This was too cold at first. As it warmed the complexities really came through. Really good stuff.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to Brewso in MN who posted about this being available at the blind tiger, NYC. upon reading the thread, I dashed early out of work, dropped the training bike ride, and ditched the wife to try this brew - the barkeep told me on the phone it would be gone by tonight! When Kate poured this, it was too cold for aroma so I had a few other VSK night leftovers until this warmed. the body is black with no light shining through. thick foamy light brown head. aroma is roasted malt, molasses, and a little licorice. lively carbonation. flavor is a little boozy, faint vodka but not too strong. also soy sauce and blackstrap molassess. some dark toffee towards the end. a little more heat in the finish and a dryish aftertaste.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 Draft: Dark brown. Huge, lasting mound of frothy tan foam. Refined nose of port steeped figs and black currants. Lightly earthy with hops and licorice. Viscous and oily. Immaculately conditioned with tiny bubbles caressing the palate. Opens impressively understated for its size, showcasing an array of chewy malt decadence atop an equally matched bed of fresh grains. Vivid sweep of roasted wood lends some dryness and complements the utter massiveness of this thing by hardening the body. Merely a delicate tingle of alcohol lifts some of the sweetness. Hearty molasses compounds the oiliness, but is offset by a sound foundation of burnt cookies and chocolate fudge. Finishes deceptively charred due to the resounding echoes of gooey molasses and bittersweet chocolate, as hints of unspent grains linger. Astonishingly good, and truly a meal in a glass. Thanks for sharing, cquiroga.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 First bottled release sampled on 10/5/07: Pours an oily opaque with wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma has some dark chocolate, piny hops, toasty caramel and alcohol. Body starts with a pretty dense, malty sweetness (not quite as thick as the first release) but has good chocolate and earthy piny bittering hop balance toward a warming finish. This needs a little time to age, but should be nice.
Sampled from a growlered bottle courtesy of cquiroga on 7/31/05: Pours a very dark viscous brown with a thin tan head. Very big, sweet, rich caramel and dark chocolate aroma with some sweet plums and a touch of roastiness. Body starts very full and malty sweet with some subtle carbonation throughout the viscous, silky palate. Great complexity and balance hides the alcohol very well. A huge malt bomb of a beer. I can’t imagine this being much better, so I’d say the bottle held up quite well. They really need to add this to their normal bottled lineup. Big thanks to Chris for sharing!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled from a growler, I presume. Black color, with a large, filmy, light mocha colored head, particularly large for being hand bottled. Aroma very reminiscent of Avery Czar; burnt, slightly vinous, with hints of chocolate, roast and charred fruits and fortunately, not flooded with aroma hops like some Imperial Stouts, making it very nice. Big, full, coating body, again, sensational, especially considering it was hand bottled. Flavor is unbelievably rich, with roast, chocolate blanket, charred fruit, and a light hop finish. Beautiful beer. Thanks to my secret santa, whoever you are.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottled bomber from a growler from new york with Crosling. Amazing appearance for such a twisted journey. Big foamy tan head. Very rich palate also for such a long trip.One of the best I have had in a while. Cheers.