DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a secret admirer whom has pissed off my wife. Pours onyx with 3-finger dark brown head. Nose is dark malt, chocoff, hops, black berry, licorice. Tastes hoppy and richly dark malty up front, with figgy and cherry fruit at mid-point, followed by cacao, chocolate syrup, and a rich, complex palate that throws a lot at you and demands that you sort it out, although if you were drunk it would just demand that you chug it then go vomit at the nearest hole in the ground because you couldn’t deal with the massive 13% ABV, or were using the beer as an excuse to cover up your manly shortcomings. Novices need not apply (and please keep cheapdark away from this one!!!), but true beer connoisseurs will love every sip of this very well made beer, and yet another testament from Struise as to what human beings can make when given the right skill sets. BRAVO!!!
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Strong roasted malt aroma with chocolate, coffee, caramel, and slight hop aroma. Thick on the palate with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and molasses. Slightly bitter finish with not much alcohol coming out especially for 13%.
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was about to order this online, but thanks to a fellow Georgian, the word is out, this beer is at Greens now! Somewhat of a viscous-like pour. Nice chocolate head that fades away to a very thin chocolate head covering the top of the beer. Nice black opaque appearance. A very fine looking stout indeed. A very nice sharp and pungent roast aroma, with some coffee, but not so much coffee as there is roast. Wow, this beer has an awesome nuanced flavor. Starts out very roasty and ash-like then a surprisingly sweet flavor hits your tongue. I thought the sweet flavor was the aftertaste and wasn’t satisfied, but then the roast came back with some kick to it. Very nice flavor indeed. That sweet flavor leaves an interesting taste in your mouth, but that final roast taste is just simply amazing; it is deep, dark, and very nice. Chocolate aroma begins to come out more as the beer warms. Extremely silky palate. Just a very interesting and nice imperial stout.
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brought by stumac to feces fest, also had at the BA stout tasting .. . Dark as night, with tar,chocolate,and shoe polish in the nose .. . chewy and oily, easy to drink, but beware of the sneaky 13% .. . a class act .. . i don’t give a crap about woodstock ..
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, big tan head with some lacing and moderate retention. Fennell, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and roast on the nose; flavour develops chocolate and vanilla notes with a long, dry, slightly burnt finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, not too much carbo.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Obtained from Bottleworks in Seattle - lucky us! Pours a pitch black with a thin off-white head with minimal foam. Unusual sweet aroma, figs & dark fruit, licorice root and and fennel. More fennel in the flavour, sweet rich and complex malt, lingering herbal hop finish. Creamy, moderately thick body. So complex and tasty - I don’t really think of stout, but rather Belgian strong ale. Yum!
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch black with sediment under a small creamy brown head. not the biggest stout aroma i’ve smelled but some notes of vanilla and chocolate covered pineapple with maybe a little sourness. flavors has lots of chocolate notes and coffee. finish has touches of the pineapple again. hints of sour. palate is dry and chalky and full bodied. absolutely no sign of the 13%. smooth with an interesting sour touch.
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown but light does come through.
It starts out with a slight vanilla aroma. As it warms up to room temp., some cocoa kicks in, but the bitternes is not very present. I have had two Ølfabrikken Porter today, and compared to that there is no bitternes at all.
of course the bitternes is there in the taste, some coffee and chocolate, but still it is very subtle. And where is the alcohol? How can you hide 13% like this?
And then the creaminess and the very very loooong aftertaste that is a sign of quality.
theisti (3905) - Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 fl oz bottle. Lot B, 6, BB stamped on the label. Courtesy of the one and only Suttree. Pour murky black brown with a dense two inch khaki tan head. Head is very lasting. Some splotchy lacing. Pretty in the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, sweet grassy hay, more maltiness. Taste is roasty malt, mild sugar sweetness, grassy hay pine hops, and a decent blast of booze in the finish. Nicely melded and integrated. Palate is slick syrupy medium, coats the mouth thoroughly, with a long bitter long hot finish. Overall, nice one, thanks Phil.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy dark dark brown with brown head (and some clumps of sediment that slipped out). Aroma is a bit of coffee with a lot of sour funkiness and a hint typical quad dried fruitiness- figs, prunes. Alcohol comes through as it warms. Taste is roasted malt early, then sour coffee flavor. Finish is funky with coffee, mild yeast and black pepper. Alcohol is present in finish. Nice beer, drinks a little easier than 13%, but still a sipper for me.