ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color that betrays a little light near the edges. The head is a one finger light tan color with low retention. A thin collar around the edge of the glass remains, and tries to leave behind a bit of lacing.
S: This seems to feature a lot of roasted grain, backed by some cocoa, licorice, and faint raisin. Even a bit of oats seem to appear on the nose. A nice aroma, but fairly standard issue.
T: Again, the stout comes across as heavily reliant on roasted barley, especially near the opening flavors. Eventually, a transition will occur to toffee, vanilla, marzipan, cream, coffee beans, and a little raisin. For whatever reason, the finish makes it come across as boozier than it needs be. It doesn’t FEEL boozy (just astringent - more on that later), but there is a slightly sharp taste of alcohol that needs to be cut down. Having said that, some decently cohesive complexity is saving it from a lower score in this category.
M: Really astringent on the finish, which I don’t like too much. The general feel is fairly thin, but with a very nice combination of smoothness and rolling carbonation at first. I can’t fault its drinkability too much, but I do think the faint sharpness could be toned down.
O: This one is good, but not elite. There are many other stouts I’d rather have over this, but I wouldn’t be averse to returning to it again, or on tap.
SlovakSniper (2503) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Un liquide qui n’est pas noir. Une tête brune qui fond à vue d’oeil. Un nez classique d’impérial stout à l’avoine avec des raisins secs et de la mélasse. Une bouche qui ne se fait pas autre avec des notes rôties, des notes d’alcool et du caramel brûlé. Au palais, un corps en petite crème avec un pétillement plutôt bas. Une finale qui combine des notes de caramel bien noir avec des notes fruitées foncées. Une proposition facile à boire qui fait un peu autre époque.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 14AUG12 (I think, month was a bit smudged)
Dark brown with a nice quilt of fine light cocoa foam. Smells of graham, toast, bits of chocolate, some toasted malts and a good dose of coffee beans. Taste is real nice, smooth, oaty, slightly sharp with coffee, sweet cocoa powder, and fudgy dark chocolate. Full bodied with light, fluffy carb and a watery but dry finish. Nice beer.
suprchunk (1799) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Big tan head. Plenty of lacing. Big malty aroma with some fruity, blueberry notes. Sweet malt flavor with some coffee. Not bad.
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Beergeek23322 (1685) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/15/2011. From bottle. Dark malt aromas with hops, chocolate, coffee and spice. Thick and robust, bitter flavors from the hops with alcohol and coffee on the finish.
jjgmd (1049) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pouts a dark black color with a short lasting java head. Nose is deep chocolate and roasted coffee with sweet malt. Taste is chocolate and coffee with fruity notes ( a hint of cherry ) . Finish is bitter sweet and end abruptly on the same tasting notes. Quaff Score 8 / 10
keanex (1134) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Opaque chestnut body with a short tan head, settling into a foamy ring.
Aroma: Milk chocolate with a light roasted character, semi-sweet.
Taste: Deep chocolate sweetness, slightly syrupy, with a nice roasted character. Very tasty.
Palate: Creamy bodied, chewy, moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is a great oatmeal stout that I have passed up a million times. There’s great balance between the roasted and chocolate malts. Shame Stoudts has awful labels, it’s very easy to just walk past these.
kermis (3667) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with iphonephan and others. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of light roast, malt, caramel, oatmeal, fudge and milk chocolate. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
kidobutai (107) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like many porters, the aroma is the best part of the experience. Sweet and chocolate smell. A bit more bitter than I expected.
mike5326 (468) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Sweet roasted malt and chocolate smell. Nice creamy chocolate malt flavor.
vlan1 (51) - Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 Draft @ Stouds. Roasty and Toasty this one is!Pours fantastically dark and Opaque without much head to speak of. Mildly chewy mouthfeel. Taste is fantastic. Dark and roasty with a mild nutty hint. Almost reminiscent of peanut butter but not quite. IBUs and Alcohol are both invisible. Tasty Tasty brew.