DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Stoudt’s. Pours onxy with a big dark tan head that reapeears with every repour, ending uo looking like the remnants of a chocolate milkshake at the finish. The aroma is roasty dark patent malty, with some roasty notes, plus some dark chocolate, almond, slight rauchy, and molasses notes. Medium to somewhat dense palate heft, with flavors of initial roasty malt, mid-palate chocoff, molasses, slight spiciness, and some tobaccoey notes. Notable complexity, good balance, and a wonderful accompaniment to a Partagas 160 cigar.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 765mL bottle, courtesy of hopdog. Thanks, Steve! Pours a dark black core with thin brown edges; medium, fluffy tan head with great lacing. Plenty of milk and dark chocolate in the aroma; toasty vanilla and bourbon. I think the common thread of this beer is that it’s a well-handled BA imperial stout, but not as big or dense as the best around. Medium mouthfeel: nice chewy chocolate and bourbon core, alcohol is well-hidden; lively carbonation (plus the oatmeal); nice vanilla and oak character throughout. Medium, dark chocolate finish.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had high hopes for this beer, but no, it is not a very good beer, unfortunately. The aroma is sparse, only a light hint of dried chocolate. There is a light hint of raisin and chocolate on the palate. Hardly any oak comes through. Honestly, it just isn’t that big or flavorful.
holdenn (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from drewbeerme, big thanks for sharing this big beer. .... In this dog fight we pitted this the barrel aged fat dog against the regular fat dog to finally see who is bigger, meaner, and of course fatter ... The Fattest Fat Dog. Well one look at the two bottles and the BA looks fatter and more stretched out, but the regular is bigger than a brewery, seeming to crush it with its fat belly ... we can tell this will be a tough fight. ....... On this side we have the barrel aged, after getting warmed up it comes out with the rasins, brown sugar, and of course the alcohol to the nose ... not to strong and not taking much of lead over the regular. The flavors don’t knock out the competition like barrel aged usually do. This dog goes for more subtle jabs with molasses, chocolate, malt, dark fruits, bourbon and the alcohol warmth in the throat. With solid and not overdone punches, this dog isn’t meaner but bigger and fatter ... thus the champion, The Fattest Fat Dog.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 765ml bottle. thanks to hopdog for this trade. tasted during a fat dog vs. barrel aged fat dog session. pours very dark with big tan head that lasts. aroma has some muted bourbon with chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. bourbon isn’t over done and a perfect example of how a barrel can add complexity without over doing it and taking over it. some chocolate and raisons in the background, very nutty too. hardly any alcohol finish. very creamy and smooth. the bourbon seems to mute the roasted qualities of the non-ba version.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Columbus Tasting V.Sweet malts in the aroma.Pours black with a tan head.Chocolate and alcohol makes up some of the flavors.Medium mouthfeel with some sweet malts in the finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Black pour with a tan head. Aroma, caramel, fruits, some chocolate. Flavor, caramel, chocolate, some fruits, some bittersweet hoppy notes on the finish. pretty good.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle via trade with hopdog - thanks Steve - Shared at Columbus Tasting V - Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of slight citrus over big chocolate malts. Lots of chocolate and oatmeal flavors and just a touch of dark fruits. Palate is well carbonated and full bodied.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a quickly thinning foamy head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, sugar and alcohol: like a chocolate liqueur. Big oatmeal chocolate flavour. Dark bitter chocolate with a trace of sweetness in the finish and hints of alcohol that pop up occasionally.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks! Pitch black ale with a large, fluffy, dark khaki head. Excellent, creamy retention. The aroma is simple and divine; milk chocolate and coconut. Well-balanced with lightly singed, mildly bitter notes that keep the beer’s sweet mocha/coconut/caramel symphony of flavors finely tuned. Medium to full-bodied and spritzy. Chocolaty, creamy-smooth finish. Cheers to hopdog for sending this world class beer to me!