nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle sampled at the DC Local tasting. Pours an opaque, jet black, with a thin, slightly off white head. Aroma is toast, black pepper, coffee grounds. Flavor is nice, sweet, slightly peppery, dark toast, lightly nutty. Finish is slightly chalky but otherwise medium bodied.
Butters (3559) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber shared with scottyp and curly. Pours a great rich near black with good brown head with a reddish hue. This one is a little unusual. Sweet, but roasty, a slightly tart cherry yeast quality. Pretty enjoyable, but not my favorite.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: SP 09 Dark Side
Date: December 22, 2009
Source: Taco Mac, Prado
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, rings of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, lots of roasted character, sweet caramel, dark chocolate
Body: rich creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, roasted malt, nice fruity esters with a touch of dark fruits, light bitterness
Name: SP 09 Dark Side
Date: November 02, 2011
Source: tmac woodstock
Appearance: black, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet dark fruit aroma
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, lots of dark fruit esters, heavy roasted
Overall: the fruity esters are coming out with more dark fruit character as it ages
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark black, foamy brown head. Not a huge aroma. Flavor is initially smoky, which caught me a little off guard. Underneath is chocolate, soy sauce, nuttiness, some licorice. A touch of sweet banana and hops on the finish. Interesting beer, pretty nice on a cold winter night.
Cybercat (2765) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out an oily dark brown, nearly black, with a thick and fairy persistent beige head. Aroma is strong and smoky with definite tones of roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses. Lip-smacking, mouth-filling flavor has the typical coffee and unsweet chocolate tones of a good Imperial Stout plus hints of molasses and caramel and even just a shade of hops and a touch of sweetness. Texture is silky smooth and just a little tingly, not quite as thick as most stouts.
unclemattie (3899) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, gold foil. Imperial Stout-Belgian Yeast... Awesome. Pours jet black. light brown head. Just the way an Imperial Stout should look. Not an once of light passing through. Aromas of licorice, burnt coffee, lots of roast, vanilla bean, and a touch of nuttiness. Flavor is very sweet, a lot of sugar is left. What that tells me is with proper aging this is gonna grow up to be big and tasty. Finishes with a good amount of roasted flavors. Very roasty with a good amount of fruity esters. There is a definite Belgian yeast character there. Also my !st beer of 2010! Happy New Year.
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too thick of a pour, rather thin with a little tan head to it. Puts out a malty, roasted chocolate aroma. The flavor does a great job balancing the belgian yeast and its chocolate tones and has an overall roasty, warm mouthfeel.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body was dark and opaque, and the head was one finger thick and khaki. The looks were typical for and Imperial Stout, but the smell was not very roasty, and was mostly like brown sugar and coffee, with some vanilla, and hazelnut aromas mixed in. The taste was sweet and sticky, and reminded me of black strap molasses the most. There were other flavors hinted at by the smell, but to me they were drowned out by the primary sweetness. The beer felt rich and soft in the mouth, and the aftertaste lingered on. Not sure what about this is exactly Belgian, but I liked the overall result. I wish it was just a tad drier though, so that some of the other flavors could come through.
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is interesting. The Belgian-style yeast is apparent. Thereís a lingering sweetness in the flavor, but the beer isnít all that sweet until then. The roast is there, but itís unable to stand out among the sweeter aromas created by the yeast. Could probably use a little age.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured deep dark brown, almost black and a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, coffee, candi sugar. Taste is chocolate, fruit, sweet candied malt and sugar, light yeast, some light hop bitterness. Finish has some tartness, hop bitterness, and more fruit. Body isnít huge like other imperial stouts, medium body with nice soft carbonation. Overall, a nice hybrid stout.