rallison (116) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted malts in the nose with touches of dark chocolate. Decent nose, but nothing too special.
Large creamy head that mostly diminishes and leaves very little lacing. Black in color - not overly viscous.
Roasted malts are not in short supply in the taste. Bitter chocolate is definitely there and meshes well with the roasted (bordering on burnt) malts. Molasses and dark fruits get along in the background. Somewhat ashy. As it warms, sweet chocolate comes out mid-palate. Overall, tasty.
Mouthfeel is smooth (likely from the oatmeal addition) and just slightly decadent. Not as thick as some imperial stouts, but donít worry - this one isnít lacking in body. Finish is slightly alcoholic and a bit astringent - gets much less noticeable as it warms. Carbonation is on the low side - really helps in making this a rich, smooth beer.
Recommended. Not perfect - and the ashy character will make this a disliked beer for some I am sure. Still, a nice experiment that turned out rather well.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid dark brown color with a moderate mocha head that slowly settles to a 1/8th inch of tight thick bubbles, and leaves a sheet of thin brown lace. Roasted and sweet malt aromas. Touches of molasses, dark chocolate, german chocolate, and hints of caramel and coal. Lush, thick and rich in feel. A mild alcohol bite and nip of acidity in tongue prevents it from being a 5. Sweet start with dark fruit and mild toffee. The sweetness does carry on into the middle and even finds itself in the finish and linger. Some real sweet stout qualities. Middle has some roasted and black malt bitterness and acidity that also carries along into the finish and linger. Some alcohol in the finish and just a hint of burn in the linger. Some very dark chocolate flavors come in and out, but the fruity flavors dry out and leave some charcoal and ashes. The flavors are at least more than the alcohol. Long linger with bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. If you like dark, sweet and roasted malts you should be all over this one. I’m catching some coffee as well in the linger the longer I set with this one. A solid sweet, imperial, oatmeal stout.
FoolishMortal (986) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Opaque black with a medium sized dark brown head. Heavy acrid roasted malt aroma, tinges of bittersweet chocolate. Sharp, acidic roast flavor up front. Roastiness gives away somewhat to a dark chocolate character. Some ruddy, earthen ashy components appear intermittently. Some alcohol presence in the finish, with heavy lingering chocolate and burnt toast. Mouthfeel is heavy, unctuous, slightly drying.
TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a deep brown creamy/bubbly head that left lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, light coffee, caramel and some nuts. Aroma is actually very smooth, nothing bitter or harsh about it. Flavor smooth/milky dark chocolate, lightly roasted malt, caramel, light smoke, nuts, some bitter notes, hops, The bitterness of the chocolate coming through a bit in the flavor, but the oatmeal really helps to balance it out. I thought this was well done, glad I picked up a second bottle to cellar.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours inky black with a think tan colored head. Aroma is predominantly alcohol, with some chocolate and roast notes poking through. Flavor is again predominantly alcohol with some slight hints of chocolate, roast, coffee. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finished extremely bitter. I did not care for this at all in its current state, perhaps some age will work wonders for this. I do not care much for RIS fresh either. Somewhat of a disappointment.
flatmatt (1013) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from the local grocery store. Pours opaque black with a medium brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee, caramel, dark chocolate. Flavors of roasted coffee and caramel, some oat influence, then chocolate takes over quite strongly, along with some noticeable alcohol. The alcohol threatens to become too intrusive a couple times, but never does. Lasting bitter chocolate finish. Nice beer with a good combination of flavors.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 #50 22oz. Pours very, very dark, cannot even see any light penetration. Nice dark brown head. Smell slight roasted malt in the aroma. Slight bitterness, choc. in the backround. Canít even tell this is 9.2%, hides alcohol well. very nice beer
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yep. I like it.
But wow that’s a lot of chocolate! Aroma isn’t real huge but contains small amounts chocolate and oatmeal. Appearance is very dark black with a rich, dark tan head. The flavor is great! HUGE chocolate at first, masking a very slight alcohol taste (however, not unpleasant, in this case.) The cool part is that the chocolate stays in your mouth
for several minutes and leaves a great, sweet taste. This is very exciting! Overall impression is quite favorable!
StefanSD (1990) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a high viscosity opaque black with an ample tan head that soon faded. The aroma was moderate in strength with mocha, chocolate, roasted malts and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor featured well burnt malts that had a chocolaty character, dark fruits and good bitterness. Also, in taste there was a bit of hot alcohol. The mouthfeel was creamy, full and smooth. The finish was long with lingering bitter dark chocolate. Overall: The alcohol showing thru was a bit distracting at first, but soon became unnoticeable as I finished the bottle. Other than that, great concoction.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4471) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized dark brown head. The aroma was bitter chocolate and light ripe fruits. The flavor was bitter chocolate, roasty malts, ripe fruits and notes of sherry, oatmeal, cardboard and cherry. The finish was bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel was silky smooth. Interesting and complex.