Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours not quite opaque, a brown/black beer with a firm mocha-colored head. Aroma is a ton of roasty dark malt, pumpernickel bready, almost thick enough to chew.
Taste is a bold combination of dark-roast malts, dark volcanic-soil coffee and, if possible, "unsweetened" sorghum. Flavors of peat and campfire smoke along with just a bit of a sour, unmashed, lactic, milky element. Some dry cocoa/chocolate arrives later. Finish is bitter--not hoppy bitter, but bitter like raw grain.
Mouthfeel is moderately thick but not heavy, still quite quaffable. It’s a complex flavor profile (brewer says he used eight different malts, including unmalted barley and wheat) that’s deep and rich. No alcohol heat (somewhere around 6% ABV), not anywhere near the Imperial realm but a good style model that is a wonderful alternative to yawning Guinness clones. May be the best this young brewer has produced.
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee, light smoke and leather.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for this 22oz handbottle (courtesy of Jamie the brewmaster) early 2009 vintage. Pours an imposing dark brown body with nice tan head, lacing and legs. Aromas of fresh coffee, cream and roastiness. Flavor is fresh coffee, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol and a very nice, dry, long coffee bitter finish. Medium to full mouthfeel and body.
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz handbottle courtesy of Jamie the brewmaster early 2009 vintage) Dark brown pour with light tan head. Nose of dark chocolate and dry cocoa. Taste of semi-sweet chocolate, cream, cola, nutty, and roasted malts. Medium body with a creamy finish. I drank the most of this during the tasting, really enjoyable and one of the best foreign stouts I’ve had.
bu11zeye (12593) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz hand bottled by Jamie, Early 2009 vintage, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, nuts, earth, some burnt grains, caramel, and cocoa with a dry, bitter finish.
bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 dark brown to black pour. heavy chocolate and coffee smell followed by taste very bitter bakingvcoco all the way from start to finish . very solid brew
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the covey with Ibrew2or3 and mar. poured black with a beige head. aroma of chocolate syrup, dark roast, and fudge. flavor was choc syrup, dark roast, and fudge with a nice slick body.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Covey brewpub pouring up deep mahogany with rutty to brown edges and thin tan head. The aroma is pretty full with black licorice and some caramel and then moving swiftly into malts that are burnt to almost charred. The taste is much the same with licorice, roasty burnt to charred malts and the tasty modest additions of chocolate, chicory and coffee.
mar (5170) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the brewpub. deep brown almost black with a cream head. roasted malts and chocolate on the nose. nice on the palate with flavors of thick roasted malts and lots of chocolate. great easy finish.
blutt59 (6442) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap, black color with some reddish brown highlights, aroma of chocolate and coffee, flavors of chocolate and lots of roast nuts, coffee, nutmeg and vanilla
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was quite an enjoyable beer for me. Pours black with a nice tan colored head. Aroma is big, roasty and chocolate. Flavor is quite choclaty, dry, with lots of roasted nuts. Palate was lightly oily and slick. Yummy! Growlerable.