gregwilsonstl (1819) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark thick black. Quite bitter, like chewing on a handful of unsweetened cocoa nibs. A little overwhelming but Im pretty sure that was their goal....I want banana or strawberries or something else that I typically use to make nibs bearable. At least its nice and creamy at the end. Thx Whereisyourball. Enjoyed in my backyard hammock!
Busterhawk822 (1) - - MAR 26, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste is predominantly roasted malt and nutty, with high cacao chocolate on the forefront and creamy sweet oats on the back end. Pours a nice, slightly ruby brown head, beer is almost black in the glass. Nose is only slightly boozy, with minor notes of dark fruit accompanying the rich roasted malt. Overall a wonderful stout, not leaning towards either the bitter or sweet side, a well-rounded, and well-made ale from a great craft brewery.
drjoeng (619) - SINGAPORE - MAR 26, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tapped out black. 40ºSRM.
Nose has sweet and phenolic, chemical character...bleach or corn chips, corn tortillas, reminds me a little of when I was doing micro and the odor coming off P. aeruginosa cultures. There is some smoke and dark malt sweet, raw black bee honey is close, maybe a hint of banana and some spice. As the brew comes up to room temperature, the sharp one note aroma of bleach is melting into mellow aromas of dates, raisins and prunes. Has the oatmeal richness and fruitiness of raisins to give the nose of a nice breakfast stout. As this warms up you get the corn aroma back again.. coming back like fresh corn flakes. Asian aroma note, like fresh pork floss. Nose just gets more wine-y and less like warm beer as it comes up to room temperature, a testament to its grain bill going in...
Mouthfeel is soapy. Palate is rounded with sour, salty and then malty. There is just enough carbonation to lift this palate out of being cloying. Palate has flavors of sweet ripe dark fruit and stone fruit, caramel, Creme brûlée, burnt sugar and deeply Carmelized coffee. There is a nice prolonged ume-like palate. the tail end of this palate has a very nice rich vegemite-like umami finish. There are definitely some hops in there that give the bitter finish that almost convince your palate that it’s the bitter of the dark chocolate that you are tasting. If indeed this was the intent, then it was very crafty...no pun intended.
Finish is bitter, then creamy then sweet, then dry. Very nice...everybody says you’ve "sold out"...but I refuse to believe it because of efforts like this one. Very very nice! I love you, Mr Guardian!!
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Sarlacc83 (1691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I was glad to see this again; I was thinking in December how it would be nice to have this one to retry. And lo and behold, what do I see? (Now, if we can get the remake of the 10th Anniversary...)
A: Pure black body, huge mocha head,
N: Cocoa, roast, coffee, oatmeal, some molasses and licorice, charred malt and burnt brown sugar, hint of vanilla. Touch of lactose. A bit of dirt and pine underneath.
T: Very sweet and roasty. Intense lingering spiciness that I don’t enjoy.
M: Medium body, creamy then tickling carbonation, noticeable but, for Stone, restrained alcohol.
O: A big oatmeal imperial stout with some decent high points but which also lacks something special. Probably the unpleasant aftertaste.
northropfrye (3091) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bier Station, Kansas City. Dark body off white head. Some lacing. Roasty Cocoa powder aroma. Taste is similar with a touch of hops, anise, and booze. Not bad.
Muggus69 (1867) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off hand-pull (wristy) @ The Park Hotel, Werribee
Thick black looking brew, holds a small but firm deep tan head throughout.
Aroma is intensely roasty - lots of cocoa, charred toast (and meat!?), dark dried fruit and cereals.
Big thick warming body, low smooth carbonation is very much welcomed as I swirl this oversized goblet.
It certainly meets the brief of bitter chocolate & oatmeal - has a well defined toasty cereal note amongst lashings of raw cocoa and 75% dark chocolate, lending a additional drying bitterness of its own to an otherwise rich beer.
Very good indeed, fantastic night cap, great choice for a hand-pump brew.
mfhennig (270) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle. It looks quite impressive, thick, black and oily looking, two fingered head the color of dark brown sugar, lotsa lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Flavors match the aromas and has a nice bitter finish. Alcohol seems well hidden by the flavors, but quickly apparent. Hope I can find another bottle or two. Very nice beer.
ibrubeer (259) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Nice bitter chocolate aroma. Jet black color with dark tan head of tightly packed bubbles that linger for quite a while. Pretty good lacing for a beer of this much alcohol. Nice flavor of chocolate and bitterness from the hops. A little alcohol flavor evident. Full bodied. Overall a very good oatmeal stout. I would drink more of these!
ACHops (1222) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours inky brownish black, thin slightly oily mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty malt, medium chocolate up front, big coffee undertones. Taste is rich, super dark roasted malt; lots of dark chocolate, some coffee flavors. Heavy, slightly bitter note from either the malt or chocolate lingers well through the finish. Rich, roasty beer... while the bitterness doesn’t bother me, honestly could use more chocolate to balance it out. Still, tasty all around.
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kaser (5104) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spicy and cocoa taste, I guess I can get the bitter also. Black with foamy off white sticky head. Malty and chocolate with a pepper kick. Draft at fountainhead. Good shit