bhensonb (12012) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. It is indeed a black pour with a 2-finger tan/brown head. Aroma is primarily chocolate over dark roasted, not burnt, malt. Full bodied with chewy carbonation. Flavor is a touch of heat, dark roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate bitter. Very well integrated. The hop doesn’t stand out until things have pretty well gone down. Guess that’s a description for the finish. Really outstanding. Great nose.
argo0 (11897) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Smallish brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, roast, light coffee liqueur. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, burnt coffee, alcohol, some dark chocolate, roast. Smooth medium-full body. Alcohol presence detracts from what otherwise would be a very enjoyable beer.
Koelschtrinker (11888) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Würzig malziger Antrunk mit gelungenen nussigen Schokoladennoten und hellem Getreide (Hafer), dabei nie alkoholisch. Rund un voll, harmonisch, wenig trocken. Schokoladiger Langer Abgang mit subtilder Getreidenote. Sehr gut! 12/13/12/13//13
Tmoney99 (11582) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium to heavy roasted bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex standout brew.
Christian (11493) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Jet black with a small, light brown head. Aroma of malt, toffee, licorice and bourbon-like alcohol. Roasted malt flavour ranging from licorice to charcoal, some alcohol in the finish.
RBESG August 2011, The Rake. Much more vineous with dried fruits and sherry notes. Just about the same numbers.
thewolf (11349) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [thank you, boutip!]
Pours completely black with a fair, medium, chocolate-coloured head. Okay duration. Vinious aroma with roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate and a note of fresh ground coffee. Medium carbonation, fine mouthfeel, though not as fat as I’d expected. Rather sweet at first, lots of maltiness and a sugary touch. Then along comes lots of fabolous, dry cocoa and grainy dark chocolate notes. Some clear alcohol as well, but a fine, lingering aftertaste like when I eat 70% + chocolate. Very good, but there are definately better imperial stouts.
jcwattsrugger (11337) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout-22oz bottle-pours a disappearing brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate, rubber, bug spray, some dark fruit. Taste is bitter chocolate-dark malt, boozy, alcohol, tar, vinegar/acidic, woody. Not close to Stone IS. Thanks to jwc215 for sharing.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: August 23, 2008
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy sudsy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a touch of sweetness, just a hint of fruityness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, creamy milky sweetness balances the bitterness from the roasted and dark chocolate to bring out a milky chocolate
Date: June 13, 2010
Appearance: black, huge brown head, layers of lace
Aroma: black chocolate aroma, touch of licorice and sweet caramel, hint of fruityness and sherry
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness balances the bitterness from the dark chocolate, touch of fruityness is emerging and enhanced by the sweet sherry character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Lubiere (10754) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head, viscous appearance. Sweet chocolate aroma, chalky, licorice, and alcohol. In mouth, a bitter chocolate, chalky and powdery, smotth hops, rich and pleasing. Bottle at American Flatbread, Post Vermont Brewfest Dinner, July 19 2008 with TaktikMtl and Goldorak.
Ratman197 (10678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a nearly opaque dark brown almost black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and hints of licorice and smoke. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with slightly warm finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of pepper with a smooth lightly warming lingering bittersweet finish.