Cartoonkhaki (1223) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!... Solid black brown body with thick tan toffee head. A sweet fine wine like aroma peers through the thick rosted chocolate malts. Flavour is a robust serving of sweet chocolate coffee malts and a very slight hint of alcohol... The alcohol is hidden very well and has a sweet thick oily body. This is a very very good beer.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 draft. pours oily black, 1/4 inch head faded to nothing. didn’t get a lot of aroma - some of the standard chocolate/coffee but quite light. the taste, however, is a different story. nice rich and creamy malt on first taste, followed by thick bitter sweet chocolate, light vanilla, a warm bite from the alcohol, and a fantastic tight carbonation that sits on the back end and rolls over your tongue as it goes down. oatmeal on exhale makes for a nice finish. while it was remarkably smooth, don’t be fooled - this is a monster stout. the alcohol blends in with the taste, but you can feel it in the palate. its definitely meant to be slowly sipped, and if you take it slow it is a very enjoyable drink. they were offering this in a 12 oz glass, but unfortunately i went for the 16. the last quarter was a struggle. got a bit syrupy toward the end. so, it’s a extremely well made brew for sure, but for me it is best enjoyed in small portions.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a dense tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, yeast, brown sugar, and yes... oatmeal. God, this would make a good breakfast. =) Nice chocolatey taste, very smooth and thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is apparent... I think this is a brew that would be a masterpiece with a few years or even months behind it.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown/black with a nice foamy tan head. Aroma is fairly subdued. More subtle than I expected or would have liked. Some dark fruits, slight roastiness, and something I cannot put my finger on. A zestiness or something. Anyway, the taste is smooth, thick, roasty dark fruits. The oats in this beer really do their job, creating an absolutely ideal mouthfeel. Probably about as perfect as you can get in this style. Cocoa aftertaste. This beer reminds me of a Yeti or Rasputin with much more body. This is a good thing.
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 (7013) - 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.