Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick, rich, creamy head.
Deep bready yeasty Aroma.
Surprisingly light bodied! A little chalky.
Plum crossing into soy, smoke, a bit of heat. Mesquite. Caramelized cherries are hiding deep in the heat.
Is that beef jerky?
A very fun bottle!
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottles 2007 next to the 2011. Both pour dark brown with a nice steady head. 2011: dark Sugar, brown and burnt malt. Medium body, slight bitterness, lots of good sweetness. Taste of freshly burnt coffee beans and vanilla. The 2007 (bottle 275/400-ish) was way less: aroma close to nothing. Still a decent and powerful body punch... but aromas and taste faded away over the years. Score 2011: 3.8/5, 2007: 2.8/5. Blended: 3.3/5
arondee (544) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oil black with a nice tan head. Aroma is coffee, sweet chocolate cocoa, and fruits. The taste is sweet and strong. Cherries, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and raisins. Really good. So drinkable it’s scary. A little too sweet or it would have been perfect.
Errl (1474) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vampire bottle thanks to mora2000...Nose is nice chocolate, some oxidation, spice, dryness...Taste is nice chocolate, bitterness , Some oxidation, spice , nice balance..
gendv138 (975) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 From notes, consumed on 3/25/13 at ChurchKey during CBC Week. Draft (2012) poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a finger of tan head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, booze. Tasting notes of caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, booze, roast, toffee. Full body with a semi-dry finish.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
13 ounce snifter at Bad Apple in Chicago. Smells like whoppers candy malt balls. Deep, dark, syrupy black with brown residue sticking to the glass. Tastes just sweet enough, just boozy enough. It's one of the most balanced and approachable big stouts I've had in a while. It's a gentle giant, huge and still pretty easy to drink. Big bodied, thick, viscous, pungent in a good way.
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle (thanks, daknole, for opening this). Sweet and pungent oxidized aroma of brandy, balsamic vinegar, rhubarb, and old chocolate. Pours deep brown with a swirl of a head. Oxidization has taken its toll, but the taste is still solid with sweet dates, dark cherries, musty old oak tannins, chocolate, and a touch of plastic. Slick mouthfeel. Nice, but definitely past its prime.
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just a small taste at a beer share. Dark as could be, full bodied, fantastic smell. Great beer
Howlader (593) - - JAN 30, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On draught at Churchkey during the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC. Great stout.
Johnsense (750) - - JAN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle. Black pour with a fast disappearing brown head. Complex aroma and taste here, at various points I’m picking up liquorice, cocoa, black coffee, dark chocolate, soy, dark fruits, raisin, toffee, roasted malt. Full body. Damn was this delicious!