ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a black color. Very little head is formed, sadly, though not unexpected given the serving glass. The thin, mocha-colored foam fades away very quickly.
Giving it a VERY aggressive pour, the head forms about a finger high, but still with fairly middling retention. However, it leaves a very nice ring of lacing on the glass.
S: A decent amount of chocolate and vanilla make themselves known immediately. Oats are also evident. It’s a touch boozy, not surprising given its gravity. I wish the aroma was bigger/bolder, but it’s pretty decent either way.
T: At first, I notice the slightest touch of chocolate. This is quickly supplanted by subtle vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oats; it finishes with some boozy dark fruits, licorice, earthy tones, and a touch of roasted malt. Licorice becomes a bit too dominant as it warms up. The sweet finish helps conceal the boozy qualities somewhat. On the other hand, the flavors, while well balanced, aren’t very intense. Bigger notes of chocolate or vanilla (AND LESS LICORICE) would make this good stout great.
M: This is really luscious, thick, chewy, creamy, viscous, oily, and luscious in the mouth. Did I mention luscious? It’s almost like liquid velvet in a manner. Low carbonation and high residual sugar means this will sit lazily on the palate...ah well, anything to make me want to swish this around more is a great thing. The monstrous feel does a very good job of concealing the alcohol.
O: I admit, I didn’t have terribly high hopes for this one, seeing as I feel most big oatmeal stouts have way too much booziness to them. Then again, if there’s one thing Southern Tier knows how to make, it’s a ridiculously decadent dessert beer. And ridiculously decadent it is - finishing a whole bottle solo can be a chore. However, the fact that I simply can finish this solo is a testament to its solidity. This would have been incredible if the flavor could match up to the mouthfeel, though.
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
INteresting and nice one. Very thick and delicious. Quite fine to smell and enjoy in conversations.
bytemesis (4251) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours opaque black, medium brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasty, molasses. Flavor is fully sweet, medium bitter, lots of molasses and some anise. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid.
Tsekouratos (456) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml from Cervezalandia.es, Spain. Black body with a thin brown head. Aromas of oat cake, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, coffee, some plums, oak. It’s surelly gets a lot better as it warms up. Aftertaste is sweet and chocolaty. Full body with low to medium carbonation.
Stuu666 (5869) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, oats, taste is smooth, rich chocolate, sweet, dry.
tderoeck (5794) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24/XII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: n/a 2011 vintage (2014-1534)
Clear dark purple brown beer, aery fizzy beige head, falls down quickly to a small creamy layer of foam. Aroma: sweet, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, malty, alcohol. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, mocha, lots of dark chocolate, dried fruits, coffee. Aftertaste: sweet touch, some bitter hops, cocoa powder, coffee grit, dark chocolate.
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CBS, Corvallis. 2010 vintage. Pours an inky brown/black, just a hint of tan head. Nose slightly sweet, roasty, chocolate notes, oat, treacly. Body slight and a little bit roasty, finish very sweet, treacly. Almost no warming, very well balanced.
brystmar (1310) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black liquid drools from the bottle with tan head. Rich, roasty aroma. Creamy oatmeal body + roasted malt base + under-attenuated sweetness. Works, though; I like this stuff.
slowrunner77 (6707) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"this batch at 11%. pours black with practically zero head. thick stuff. super smooth, and though it’s heavy, no hint of being quite so strong. aroma and flavor of molasses, a touch of hops, cocoa. chocolate & a touch of ripe fruit in there as well. a "no frills" stout that happens to be pretty darn great."
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012, from a 650mL bomber bottle. Pours dark cola brown with an average brown head that leaves an average collar. The nose is lightly smoked, milk chocolate sweetness, dark chocolate roast, tons of malt and molasses. The flavor is the same super sweet, all about the different layers of chocolate malt, not terribly complex, but not terrible either. The body is full and creamy with just under average carbonation and a long malty sweet chocolate finish.
Foffern (1386) - Bodø, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Three years old. Has a deep brown to black colour and a small light brown head that fades fast. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice, nice roast, oak and dark berries. Nice flavour with more roasted tones, ash, pipe tobacco and leather. Has a soft and rich mouth feel, and a light to medium bitterness. A round, balanced and tasteful imperial stout.