RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Aroma: Oatmeal, cocoa powder, coffee, light alcohol, smoke. Some spicey and citrus hop notes. Appearance: Black in color and opaque. Dark tan head was large and creamy with fair retention. Small, spotty lacing. Flavor: Lots of roasted malt flavors (Coffee, smoke, light anise). More chocolate in the nose, but a good chocolate note shines through. Some hot alcohol flavor as it warms. Grassy and pine hop notes into the finish. Bitterness plays nicely against all the malt flavors. Slightly sweet finish. Palate: Full bodied and very smooth. Medium carbonation. Significant alcohol warming in mouth and chest. Overall: Nice beer. Mouthfeel was perfect. Rich and smooth with just the right level of carbonation. Alcohol was a little hot.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I pulled this one out of the back of the basement refrigerator, not realizing a) that it was an anniversary beer, b) that I hadnít rated it, and c) that it is an Imperial Stout. I donít think it quite as big as an Imperial Stout (certainly not as thick) but it also has better balance, with a moderate sweetness that didnít stand out, and a good balance of roasted and chocolate flavors. Very good. Bottle.
nathan30533 (903) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. This one was a little over five years aged and great tasting. Very smooth beer and so balanced. Great looking, smelling, and tasting.
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle dated July 2008. It poured a dark black color with a tan head. The aroma was of bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruits. The taste was of dark chocolates, roasted malts and more fruit. Really held up well and very tasty.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Bottled July 2008, enjoyed January 2015. Six & a half years old. Thanks to Sean for this relic. Turbid, viscous, oily black pour. A cherry tinted, leathery tan head forms, a few millimeters tall, then fades quickly to a thin collar. Carbonation, nice! Aroma is very nice, including notes of dark chocolate, bitter cocoa nibs, creamy oats, a touch of alcohol, molasses, & a hint of scorched brown sugar. No oxidation on the nose, very good sign. Tastes like liquid dark chocolate. Hits up front with a touch of borderline milky sweetness, but quickly transitions into a darker, more bitter chocolate with warming hints of booze & anise hiding in the periphery. Oats, brown sugar, coffee bean, & a touch of roasted malts treading towards the finish, though the aftertaste still lingers heavy with 80% cacao chocolate. Smooth, oily mouth feel, just on the fringe of chewy. This bad boy has held up well. REALLY well. They need to take a step back from the IPAs for a minute & do some more stout variations like this. Awesome.
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"didnít realize this beer was so strong (or classified as an imperial, as it says Oatmeal & Chocolate on the bottle)...oh well. Definitely bitter, but that plays well with the sweetness from the chocolate, and covers up the fact thatís itís 9%. Iíd compare it to Rogueís Chocolate Stout, slightly more bitter, and apparently stronger. Quite good. 1/09 - tried on tap for the first time...incredibly smooth...better than the bottle. tap-4.5, bottle-4.3"
jtclockwork (10818) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at weekly tasting. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of sherry, roast chocolate, toasted oats. medium body.
Travlr (15868) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Like eating a very bitter Hershey bar. Over the top. Not subtle. Full bodied, creamy. Use earplugs.
crajun (1074) - , Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think this was bottled in 2008?? bottle recd in trade. Age treated this VERY well. Aroma was subtle - not the roast others got, there was some chocolate and slight alcohol. black pour of course. taste was smooov - OATS!! with the bitter chocolate and also creaminess; GREAT beer!
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP at Chez Moeder Lambic during "Moeder Lambic Vs. Stone".
Only found back scores, not ratings.
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle found in box at Coles. Held up very well. Medium to thicker black pour. roasty, chocolate notes in both aroma & flavor. pretty mellow at 9.2%. Very nice