nimbleprop (3056) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle that’s been aging in my cellar for two years. Pours a watery, dark brown with some fading, cloudy off white head. Nose was nice, a little dusty, pitted fruits, prunes, plum, brown sugar, some black pepper. A little thin in the mouth but overall dry. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, some light toast, some light coffee, a little red grape juice, malt, molasses cookies. I was very pleased with how this had aged.
yourefragile (106) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, purchased at Max’s during BBW 2010.
Pours a dark chocolate brown, with a thin tan head that fades to a thin collar and no lace. Rich, roast nose of malt of chocolate, raisin, plum and brown sugar. Slightly thin, watery body with light carbonation, but flavor is holding up and follows the nose. Brown sugar, caramel malt, and light roast start the flavor and finish with a stronger roast and molasses chewiness. Finish has a little cardboard and oxidization, but otherwise this is tasting better now than it did fresh. Thankfully, you can taste how rare this is (which covers up the age for the most part) and as far as Stillwater dark beers go (ok, I’m only comparing this to Folklore) is much prepared.
j12601 (5716) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #41 courtesy of Victor at a tasting at Paul’s. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin beige head. Big roast and cocoa, chocolate. Medium bodied, roast and cocoa. Chocolate, pudding and a bit of cocoa. Long chocolate, a touch of prune, a bit of cocoa.
jtclockwork (5219) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #41 at Pauls. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of fudge brownie, roast dark malt, oak and cocoa. Light vinous notes throughout. Finishes dry roast with hints of red wine. Medium body.
vtafro (1904) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with no head. Dark malts, licorice, somewhat sweet aromas. Roasted flavor with nutty malts and a dry finish.
sonnycheeba (1976) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, fizzy tan head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and light earthy hops. Flavor is mostly malt, faint hops, and some dark fruit esters; very dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark sepia, small bubbled tan recedes quickly. Very dry nose, prune and light olive, bit reminiscent of the very best black alberts. Flavor is dry cake and brownie, bit of olive and licorice, end is very cake puffy dryness, incredibly dry, coating teeth. Olive notes a bit disruptive, otherwise stellar execution.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BrainLair. Thick dark brown pour. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Some notes of . Dry and bitter with coffee and chocolate. Fairly smooth. A little oaky. Bitter finish. Not bad.
BeerandBlues2 (7465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by brainlair. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is figs and raisins, licorice, roast and chocolate malt with smoke. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish, very dry. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
womencantsail (7100) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very overcarbonated black color with a massive tan head. Sour roasted grains with a bit of chat and ash. Heavy on te roast with some dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is also quite acidic but still heavy on the coffee and dark chocolate, and of course, roasted malt.