bolthead101 (7) - Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Immediately I am able to detect the unmistakable aroma of hops. If there are any other underlying scents, they are quickly subdued by the smell of hops. It has a black hole like appearance with a lingering, somewhat substantial, tan froth. I am no fan of hoppy beers, but this stout is quite pleasant. Unfortunately, as with the aroma, the taste of hops permeates it drowning all else. It has a full body with oily texture and a bitter, hoppy finish. Overall, I find it to be a very good beer. I would’ve rated it significantly higher had I been a hop fan.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Aroma is rich roasted malt and light coffee and chocolate. taste is full bodied roast with a slick finish, good one!
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where and how: bottle 355 ml Grape and Gourmet
Aroma where is this softness coming from? Mild fruity tones with paired soft alcohol warmth, coco nibs , vanilla and quality chocolate. Touch of mungo beans. Solid!
Top: lighter white cap, nice ring on edge. Minimalistic.
Base: dark brown into black.
Palate : full bodied with medium plus carbonation, tad frisky.
Taste: Softness of aroma transferred into flavor. Gummy like, soft with mild vanilla to it. Mild dark roast with mild prickly heat form booze.
Other notes I have been tasting beers for almost 15 years and yet I find such gems that make me wonder how they were done...this one if one of those.
thornecb (5273) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Dark fruit and chocolate aromas. Hot with chocolate and dark pit fruit front to back. Lasting espresso finish.
Luvystypotables (1448) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, no head great dark brown colour. Bitter taste of coffee, and dark chocolate. Creamy feel with a bitter palate.
stevoj (3530) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and viscous black/ruby stout. Small creamy silk beige head, lacing coats the glass. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, burnt toast, wet wood. Taste is smooth with a kick of roast grain bitterness on the finish. Velvety mouth feel and lingering finish. A sipper, and a keeper.
italarican (1539) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Big, roasty, surprisingly heavy of dark fruit. Coffee and chocolate cocoa goodness with nice dark fruit for depth.
bth122 (1427) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a thick dark black with medium head. Aroma is roasted malt, bitter chocolate and slight coffee; pretty much like the deScription above. Heavy bodied. Creamy texture. Slight warming alcohol. There is a bitter hop finish. A big, complex, tasty full-flavored beer.
HellesBunny666 (243) - Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Warming. Taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel, licorice, peanut butter.
Emeister84 (1891) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of purple grapes, peanut butter, roasted chocolate malt. Black with a lasting, minimal, bubbly, beige ring of head foam. Dry, flavors reflect the aromas. Full bodied, chewy, perceptibly strong, lingering bitter roast.