Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intensely roasty imperial stout.
Alcohol levels kept under control. Rich mouthfeel.
I would prefer less intensity in the chocolate bitterness, it grows harsh and lasts with a burning impression despite the relatively well-hidden alcohol. Inky and tar-like aroma feels fairly brash. Not much fruity complexity at all.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very dark, nearly opaque and appear inky black in the glass. Light tan heads fades into a collar around the glass. Very light aromas of dark fruits, roast and chocolate. Lots of taste, but not the greatest balance. Very heavily roasty and burnt, some dark fruit notes, with a light hint of chocolate. Hops as well, especially towards the finish. A bit brash and overly bitter for my taste, but I suppose it has decent aging potential. Towards the end of the bottle, I was liking it less and less.
TAR (2390) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Jet black. Initially large light-cinnamon head settles into a jagged-edged collar as it quickly disperses. Extremely rich nose of mocha chocolate, ink, espresso, molasses and burnt sugar. Underlying hints of toffee, nougat, blueberry and steeped prunes. Soft pricks of fuzzy carbonation. Initially tongue-coating with weighty residuals swiftly trailed by a fairly sharp surge of alcohol which wipes the palate dry. Tangy mixture of raisins and prunes gel with the bristling metallic char. Bitter notes of black-chocolate-coated espresso beans enhance the smoky roast, though the malts donít particularly possess much in terms of cleanness, depth or structure. Mushy roasted-grain textures are sandwiched between the fruitiness and brisk char. Caramelized malt hints softly exude but fail to withstand the massiveness of the roast and bitter chocolate. Combination of chocolate, residual sweetness, and a forceful omnipresence of roast tires the palate less than halfway through the bomber, as does the alcohol. Closes with an alcoholic sharpness yet with a lingering flabby trail of roasted grains and molasses. Not at all impressive. To me it simply smells and tastes like a big, straightforward, yet poorly crafted, stout with tons of chocolate. And as such it comes across as a novelty rather than something Iíd ever want to revisit.
shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from BOTW in Henrietta. Aroma is burnt coffee and alcohol. The flavor is a bit more complex with the chocolate favoring the tip of the tongue and the bitterness appearing as it rolls to the sides and the back. The alcohol is heavily present. In fact, after I swallow I feel as if the alcohol fumes continue to exit my throat across the roof of my mouth. Not a pleasant feeling. Overall I’m more than a little disappointed. The lushness of the oatmeal is lost here, and the alcohol is dominating.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was sort of a let down to be honest. The appearance was very attractive though. Nice deep dark color with carbination clinging to the pint glass like a plague of flies. The head bubbled up to a tan and purple hue that had the cossistancey of the head on an ice cream soda. The smell was fair with a lot fo raison, dried fruit and dates but a definate alcohol note. The taste was a little surpriseing with a bit to sweet malt and alcohol which left me wondering, "where is the chocolate". Only later did i see that it was all in the finnish and gave a decent dose of bitter sweetness. I guess what kept this from a high rateing was to much alcohol lingering taste and it just became tiresome as a beer after about 8 ounches of it. I stopped being able to even notice the chocolate after taste. nearly became a chore to finnish.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a deep brown/black color with a bubbly quarter-inch tan head that eventually faded to nothing. Aroma of chocolate, some light roasted malts, anise, black licorice, and alcohol. Smooth, sweet entry with a hint of anise and some light roasted maltiness and a bit of chocolate with a light undertone of smoke that finishes with a light bitterness and lingering notes of black licorice. Low carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. The aroma was hard to detect over the alcohol presence, and the flavor was too abrasive to enjoy very much. Hopefully time will smooth this out.
kramer (4368) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle, via Stateline Liquors. Pours a pitch black body with a great creamy espresso brown head that fell to a thin covering. The nose is pretty great, roast, espresso, dark chocolate, and just a little bit of hops. Smells like dessert! The first sip takes me back though, very astringent and over roasted with too much alcohol and too much hops. The bitterness from the chocolate combine with the hops to just assault the tongue. Hot harsh finish. The mouthfeel doesnít help things either, itís just not thick or creamy enough to withstand all this alcohol or hops. This just is not that pleasurable to drink. Too much of everything.
Beerman6686 (3550) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a nice black color with a small tan head. Aroma was very strange, i guess it was the bitter chocolate, and some licorice. Flavor was a bit better than the aroma, just very bitter, but not in a good way, the oatmeal and sweet chocolate flavors I expected werent there at all. i was very disappointed with this.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not impressed at all. Hoping for a nice chocolaty flavor but got a bland, alcoholish chocolate. Opaque black with minimal head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and alochol. Slightly bitter but a strange bitterness that doesn’t come close to hops.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle-Pours a pitch black body with a nice big tan head. Aroma of bitterness, oatmeal, burnt malt, and slight alcohol. Taste of alcohol and more alcohol and then on the back end the roasted and slight oatmeal characteristics come out. I am very disappointed with this release. The alcohol is way too prominent.