kappldav123 (5816) - GERMANY - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle looks complex, but good. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Roasty-malty aroma. Starts intense malty, strong, quite alcoholic. Intense coffee notes. Finish a bit milder, but still quite unbalanced. Not my favourite.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Baller Stout pours a molasses brown color with a cherry tint and a small tan cap.
The aroma ranges from sweet to bitter, with molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, figs, raisins, cherries, and a bit of alcohol in the nose.
Each sip has a nice complexity to it as well. The dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark roasted malts all come through first with a sweet molasses presence. The flavor mellows out a little bit, allowing for some fruit notes to come through before mellowing out with a espresso bitterness. A little bit of alcohol coats each sip as well.
The effect of the blending has definitely given this a smooth mouthfeel. There is a slightly sweet and stick beginning, but the sweetness lets up before the sip progresses too far. The carbonation is creamy and smooth. The body ends up on the full side, but not as full as 13.8% would have me believe.
Given that I have had each of these beers previously, it was not a shock that I enjoyed the blend of all four. It does seem like blending them took out some of the defining characteristics of each beer, however, which is unfortunate. It simply cannot be as good with all of the idiosyncrasies blended out.
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the finale of an awesome rating hosted by Daknole. Black pour, brown head. A very interesting beer with some chocolate, roast and some caramel malts. Taste is similar with a little dark chocolate sweetness. Awesome, so happy to try this.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours new moon black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is a hearty fusion of molasses, licorice, leather and espresso. Full-bodied and lightly chewy with tingly carbonation. The carbonic flavor offers lots of roasty, black malt and charcoal bitterness accompanied by a healthy dose of ethanol. Finishes acrid and burnt. This beer is not as killer as the four individual imperial stouts blended in its construction (well, maybe Black Albert), but it’s a quality, enjoyable brew nonetheless. Bottle courtesy of a great trader whose ratebeer handle just happens to be KickInChalice!
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber thanks to pepsiedcan, thanks Andy! Pours black with a decent light brown head and some nice lacing, the aroma has a ton of chocolate and caramel, the roasted malt comes through as well, the flavor has a very rich front end with an awesome amount of chocolate and a sweet finish, not overally sweet by any means, the perfect amount. The 13% is very well hidden, nice.
asheft (2897) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle at Danish Invasion tasting with cgarviuk and fonefan--thanks, fellas!]
Nicely balanced hops and sweet dark malt aroma that is not roasty but with dried fruits. Almost opaque black under a tan ring. Sweet and bitter balanced flavour with assertive hops flavour and a nice vanilla. Complex. Medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter chocolate finish.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick and foamy tan cap. Nose is chocolate, raisin, caramel and vanilla with a touch of roast. Creamy, oily with heat and a sharp tang. Taste is molasses, anise, bitter chocolate, grapefruit, espresso powder and gin. It’s not hard for me to like an in-your-face brew. Tastes like this blend had some added hopping or is that the Darkness.
mcberko (12432) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma is very complex with dark chocolate cake, light roast, chocolate liqueur, caramel and light licorice - oh man is this rich. Flavour does not disappoint, bringing out the best of all 4 blended beers, with deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, some liqueur and caramel. Amazingly complex, rich, deeply layered, with the perfect amount of sweetness, balanced beautifully by the roasted notes and some noticeable hop character. Pretty much no burn from the near-14% ABV. Absolutely gorgeous. This is seriously one of the best impies I’ve ever tried.
hayduke (4460) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This came in a snifter at the LOCAL BEER Bar in Eureka, CA courtesy of Darren the proprietor. It was tasted side by side with the Dark Lord 2012 which I brought.
Poured black in color with a tab head and moderate lacing rings. Nose of roasted malts withe earth tones, and lots of chocolate and floral hops. Some booze in the aroma. Medium body and an alcoholic mouthfeel. The flavor is kind of disjointed, with chocolate and coffee, and again a lot of floral hops . The finish moves to bitterness with a continuation of the chocolate and coffee, Very intriguing beer but despite the great beers involved, each individual beer is better than the combination. The whole is less than the sum of its parts.
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at CBC’s First Birthday Party. Cheers to Ken for busting this out! Deep brown in color with no head. The nose is rotten cherries cooked in brown sugar, some heavy malty roastiness and boozy chocolate dessert. The taste is intense chocolate cake and booze. Deep accents of woody vanilla and spice. Intense, full. Viscous. Quite good!