MikeBeerSmith (1) - , California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bottle into a large brandy snifter. The head was rather thin and short lived but that doesn’t bother me all that much. The wonderful smell of coffee and chocolate bellowed thickly from the glass. The palate was silky smooth and full bodied. Exactly what I look for in a beer. It had a rather bitter flavor. It wasn’t like the harsh bitterness of overly hoppy beer, but the well-balanced sweet bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. The chocolatey after taste really stays on the tongue long after drinking. This is one of my top 5 favorite beers.
jandd1983 (3050) - 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 (3081) - 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 (6708) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"didn’t 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 that’s it’s 9%. I’d compare it to Rogue’s 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 (10441) - , 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 (15102) - 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 (1054) - , 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 (2489) - 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 (6744) - 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
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Tucked away in the closet for the past 5 years, got some age on it. Pours silky black with minimal carbonation. Aroma of anise, dark fruit and chocolate. There is a slight character of wet cardboard/band-aid that I take as slight oxidation. Flavor is tasty sweet and smoky up front with tones of coffee and chocolates underneath. Fades rather quickly and overall seems a bit thin. Could be the age. More strange funk notes on the end of the flavor profile. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good; I really wish I would have rated it fresh.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Frostyone! bottle pours deep black with a small light foamy brown head. Nose is moderate fruits with primarily plums, and ripe peaches. Also aroma is complex with almost a sticky sweet burnt coffee with mild grilled chocolate bars. Flacor is some smooth sweet sugary malts and bitter, and mildly acidic roast notes. Dark chocolate come through nicely but is masked slightly by bitter hops. Lovely at 4 years old.