jcos (1747) - Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Ben by June 9th, 2013.
Appearance: Pours black with red head.
Aroma: Aroma of roast and faint coffee.
Taste: Licorice, faint roast, faint coffee.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: Solid IRS. A lot of licorice, not as much roast or coffee in it. Solid.
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from growler. Pitch black in color with a thick marshmallowy mocha colored head. Tons of thick sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and mil chocolate. Taste just like the nose. Roasted malts, bitter coffee, and sweet milk chocolate. Very well balanced. Rich an full bodied. Bittersweet finish.
mike5326 (1328) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Poured from a chilled bottle. Midnight black with a small head. Good stout taste although somewhat acidic at first.
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer from a great brewer. Black as night with a high alochol aroma and some chocolate sweetness. Taste was bold coffee and chocolate with a kick. Blended nicely as it wasnt too chewy. Fantastic.
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle->snifter. Black with small light brown head. Aroma is subtle, with chocolate, coffee, ash. Taste is bittersweet, with licorice, molasses, roast coffee, smoke. Slick mouthfeel. Very good.
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2015 Appearance: viscous near-black pour, one finger of thick, creamy tan head with a hint of purple, syrupy lacing. Aroma: one of the best-smelling beers I’ve ever sniffed--bitter dark chocolate, syrupy caramel, a surprising (for an RIS) treacly note, toasty brown bread, some piney, herbal hops, espresso. Taste: bittersweet dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, resinous, slightly dank hops, a bit of mint, burnt black bread, soy sauce. Finish: bitter, syrupy finish with lingering roast and pine character. Notes: Typical and excellent RIS. Only thing that was missing was a prominent licorice note. Very good. Alcohol well-hidden, so the palate was excellent as well (and not overly syrupy like some versions of the style).
PorterPounder (6535) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Augusta, Ga - Rooster’s Beak Restaurant - 12 oz bottle - Black tar pour with a medium thick khaki head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. Aroma offers brief hints of chocolate and bitter coffee but could be a bit more pronounced. Flavor has some hints of licorice, horehound candy, bittersweet chocolate, some eggy notes and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is leaning to the thick side. Pretty solid stout - improves greatly as it warms..
UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another bottle muled back from my trip to ATL. Pours deep black, tan head. Nose is of chocolate and lit charcoal. Taste has the same amoke element, black licorice, and slight coffee roast. Body is burly.
r464 (2130) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Very dark with a large brown head. Roasty malt, char, cocoa, and coffee. Smooth with a nice finish, a bit of fruit sweetness. Very nice.
AdamChandler (3920) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Acquired in a trade, 375ML 2012 vintage
A - Pours midnight black, viscous, no head.
S - licorice and roasted espresso beans
T - Very creamy finish, nice sweetness throughout, lots of roasted barley, sort of peaty with a hint of chocolate.
M - Thick but not boozy or oily
O - A very standard RIS. No flavor really stands out, baseline, would be interesting to put the thick viscous RIS in a bourbon barrel.