mpersinger (336) - , California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster from 12oz bottle, #54, courtesy kmweaver via his trade-bud ryan: Thanks to you both for this rarity. Moderate cocoa aroma with the nose of an archetypal RIP...but then goes hollow and mealy. Nice licorice note; no roast. Body is thin, tinny finish (from yeast, water treatment, aging hop notes?).
gunnar (4862) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Edinburgh tasting. Pours black with a small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, weak chocolate. Taste is the same, roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, yummy.
McNeillR (971) - SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dense black pour, lasting tan head. Dark and liquoricey dried fruit nose. Tight carbonation takes away a big sweep of moreishness on the initial taste. Sleekit finish, fatty almost gravy malt.
Bottle, Gunnar Tasting
BenH (2012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of cola, chocolate and cherry, vanilla. Rich roasty flavour, chocolate and vanilla. Very fizzy.
cgarvieuk (13110) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft dark roast... Soft chocolate... Dark bitter chocolate roast... Big berryfruits... Little over fizzy
nimbleprop (4190) - 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 (136) - 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 (6585) - 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 (7103) - , 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 (2450) - 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 (3042) - 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.