jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013 Pours a thick black from the bomber with bubbly brown head that dissipates and doesn’t really lace. Aroma is odd, nutty, caramel, some roast and dark chocolate, dried fruitiness. Taste is booze up front then it falls to spicy dried fruits and a hint of dark chocolate. Thick and sticky on the tongue, good carbonation. Decent, but glad it was so cheap I could buy another to age.
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the stout I’ve been waiting to see Stone brew; that great stout flavor, finally with a matching body. The pour is like fudge with very little carbonation forming an off-white head. It smells full of chocolate malts, coffee, caramel and vanilla - wow. The taste is thick malts full of chocolate, caramel, molasses and a splash of vanilla. Undertones of roasted malts, coffee and cocoa really satisfy the big-ass-stout fan in me. Cheers and thanks to my friend OmegaX for the share.
Leighton (13021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London during Jack’s farewell tasting. Pours black-brown with a froth beige head. Sugary dark malt nose, some milk chocolate, grapes. Big sweet flavor with lots of gummy grapes and raspberries, some sugary chocolate, a bit of earthy bitterness and alcohol bite. Full bodied with fine carbonation. A good bit of harsh alcohol on the finish, bitter chocolate, grapes and other ripe, dark fruits, chocolate cake, earth. Pretty ballsy stuff.
wxman (1509) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night with a full tan head. Aroma is raisins and coffee. Complex taste, sweet burnt malt, molasses, dried dark fruit, brandy-like notes, as well as coffee and dark bitter chocolate. This is a busy one, and very good.
DrSilverworm (7788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared by caterwaul. Bottled on 7/16/13. Nearly pitch-black color. Good thin darker brown head. Few loose reaches of lace. After the fest few sips, I have to say.... This is is a lot less complex than I thought it would be... Less complex aroma than expected, but also less boozy than expected, too. Flavor is very tasty and more complex, though, just an uninteresting nose. Wheat and big pecan influence get more noticeable with each sip, and savorable in the finish, along with dark chocolate notes, light spicy wood flavors, hints of raisin, fig. Some prickly rye in the finish. A really nice, big chewy body. Very light carbonation. Chewy, but a more dry finish -- that’s where the alcohol comes in, but it works very well -- the 13% is not bothersome at all for me, here. Actually, the concoction is really growing on me. More bitter herbal hoppiness and bitter taste than most stouts of this category, but I don’t mind it. Kind of welcome and enjoy it. Good dark fruity, complex raisiny dark chocolate finish. Some espresso coffee. Tasty stuff. A w00tstout fitting of the name.
Arayaga2 (1859) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours syrupy black, and nearly headless, with a thin skim of tan bubbles. Aroma is toffee , nuts and butterscotch. Taste is deeply bittersweet and complex, with cigar-like notes dissolved into some malt -coffee syrup with hints of gingerbread. It feels like it looks, and coats the palate like an alcoholic syrup. The alcohol is well-hidden for what it is, but it’s an overall powerful presentation, with lots of stewing, lingering flavors that last for minutes after sipping it. $15/22oz
GIJOE (732) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep reddish black with a tan head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is toasted malt and marshmallow, hints of booze and dried fruits. Taste is predominately sweet with the hops coming through only slightly. Full body, moderate carbonation. Very good brew!
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Marheb (2757) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Un complexe assemblage de malts sucrés et de vanille, bourbon et noisette, un genre de nuttela espresso arrosé de boubon qui se camoufle derrière les sucres. Le corps est franchement trop soyeux pour ne pas être mentionné.
DialSquare (3114) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Proof. Black pour with a big tan head and frothy retention. Aroma is roasty, booze, dark fruit, chocolate and hint of smoke. Tastes are chocolate, coffee, nuts, molasses, prune. There is a slight tinny vibe. Can feel the warmth. It’s a good sipper, but I wish I would’ve picked up another to sit on.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #139. Dark black with a light brown head. Aroma of dark dried fruit, raisins, chocolate covered raisins and a little rum even with a touch of anise. Light roasty bitterness, dark chocolate and rum raisin, pretty damn good. (2853)