Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
08 version. Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting, but with a beautifully thick head. Displays a lighter floral aroma with a bit of citrus. Not nearly as intense as I was expecting from what folks had said about the previous years vintage. Huge creamy character that really stood out. Very much the calling card of this vintage. A dryer overall beer and quite easy drinking compared to other beers in its class that leave a much higher finishing gravity. However, too sharp of a contrast between the sweet/roasted malt backbone and the citrus/orange hop profile. Overall, it left me a bit confused. It seemed like it was trying to be both a sweeter/creamier imperial stout and one of the more highly hopped examples of the genre at the same time. While I really loved the first side of this along with how nicely attenuated the gravity was, and is why my score is so high, I really didn’t care for the choice of hops. They just seemed to detract a bit from the overall experience. I know there was a change in the recipe, particularily in the type of hops used, but I think they would’ve been better off doing what made this beer so exceptional initially.
markducommun (99) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, thick black, with a tan. Umami nose, some honey sweetness. Some alcohol on the nose. Quite sweet on the front. Followed by some bitterness. Heavier body, thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is not terribly present. Beautifully balanced.
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troyc (2200) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Tap] Tried this at a Surly tap takeover. Opaque black pour with brown foam lacing. Heavy roasted aroma. Sweet molasses and cherry hints in the nose. Complex taste is of roasted/burnt malts, some chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, cherry and alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Really tasty stuff.
mikeq215 (40) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to hopscotch for the bottle! Pours black with a light brown head with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruit, and a little coffee; a real nice combo of chocolate and fruit the whole way. Awesome beer.
stoutnick (384) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Jerrys then 2013 vintage bottle a few days later at Lincoln Station (both Chicago). Appearance is dark with mild tan foam. Aroma is very interesting - bright smell of dark fruits; like a rich dairy smoothie. Taste is WOW - my sort of stout, this vintage. Not overly chocolate heavy or sweet or difficult. Bit of a port like quality but far from the fortified wine world. Lots of great flavours - finishes sweet but not cloying. Loads of dark fruits: cherries, blueberries. Overall, great imperial stout; haven’t been bowled over by a beer like this for a while. Great interplay between the fruity quality and the dark malt. Perfectly pitched between sweet and savoury.
wisdomsolo (309) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Darkness. Had this at a great neighborhood tasting. Thanks to everyone for sharing! Had so much fun!
fluffy (1327) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
of the overhyped once a year stout releases, this one beats a lot of them.
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, vintage 2012, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small stable beige head.
NOSE: sweet, caramel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla.
TASTE: sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, little hoppy even, vanilla, mocha.
Amazing beer! Drank this during a White Pony tasting, glad this beer was there.
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man!! Pour is pitch black with a big frothy brown head and great lacing. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, vanilla, bready, and graham crackers in the aroma. Taste is rich dark chocolate, espresso, light peppers, vanilla, graham crackers, semi-smoky, leathery, and figs with roasted bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really nice stuff.
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Stephens House with Stephen, and Aaron. Aroma is big sharp toffee in a good way, mild dark chocolate, roasted malt, marshmellow. Taste is toffee, big fig, burnt plum, mocha, soft roasted malt.
Duchammer (27) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was my first impressions to surly brewing company and has been an excellent one! Poured black with a nice espresso head. Smell of toasty, biscuit to with hints of raison and cherry.