j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Accidentally had copied the wrong rating from my own files, so here’s the correct one:
Bottle at the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Big roast and a touch of coffee. Thin to medium bodied, very roasty, finishing with a nice long bitterness.
pineypower (2305) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of mocha, roast, chocolate and burnt brown sugar. Taste is straight forward coffee and espresso, chocolate, slight roast and an earthy note. I really don’t like coffee or espresso and this beer leaned way to far to that side for me to have enjoyed it. I appreciate what went into it, but I didn’t care for it.
BelgianBeerGal (2864) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle. Opaque, dark brown pour with a khaki head and decent lacing. Espresso notes in the flavour plus some bourbon vanilla. Big coffee in the flavour and finish. The coffee might be a little overpowering in the flavour but really nice in the finish.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottles from goryshkewych and treyrab, thanks George and Trey. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Sweet roasty aroma, some dark fruits as well, smells alot stronger than 6%. Flavor wasn’t up to par with the aroma, still some nice roastiness, coffee is pretty upfront too. Not too shabby.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz from educators BIF, thanks dashirey. Pours dark brown with small dark tan head. Nose is roasted malt, spice, earth, chicory, and a twinge of sweetness. Flavor is espresso, roasted malt, some vanilla, and defintie coffee bitterness that lingers around past the finish. Medium-bodied and very coffee flavored. Decent Imp Stout.
kramer (4346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, via BA ffejherb. Pours a hazy dark brown, almost black, body with a small light brown head, light lacing. The nose is roasty and laced with coffee and dark chocolate notes. Nice coffee forward flavor, burnt day-old coffee, over a roasty and chocolaty malt base with a bit of yeastiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, a pretty darn good beer, one of my favorites from the Scratch series that I’ve had.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle a few nights ago. Pours a black body with a tan head. Hints of coffee, chocolate, oats, and lactose. Earthy and coffee bitterness a bit cloying.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from drinkandrive--thanks! Clear dark brown with a one finger tan head in my Duvel tulip, and the head is better retaining than other beers, so I dunno what the description’s talking ’bout. Roasty coffee beans, clean roasted malts, and some sweet caramel make up the aroma. Flavor follows suit pretty well without turning into the burnt ashy roast that makes me mad about a lot of stouts. The espresso is a little more restrained, though--but it doesn’t bother me because there’s some dark chocolate and caramel that blend really well with the roasted malts. Silky smooth Semi-dry finish with bitterness at a 3. Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Very nice stout.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by kramer: Pours a mostly opaque black with a thin, stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel and roasty coffee with a touch of dark chocolate. Body starts with good viscosity and mild sweetness well-balanced with roasty coffee and dark chocolate flavor. A good coffee stout.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The dark, chocolate colored body glows with a chestnut hue at the edges when backlit. A small, frothy, beige colored head shows nice retention, leaving delicate, organic looking splotches of lacing in its wake. The aroma is a little quirky. What seems like a fialry straightforward, roasty, coffee, cocoa, and oatmeal profile is clouded by notes of celery. Yes....celery. I’ve never smelled anything like this in a stout before, and celery is far from my favorite vegetable, so I think you can tell how I feel about it. There’s also a weird, completely out of place note of mint leaves that clashes quite abruptly with the earthen hop notes. Flavors, unfortunately, show more of the same. It would be a pretty nice brew if the vegetal, celery component wasn’t there, as the cocoa-coffee roast and smooth, vanilla laden oatmeal are all present. I just can’t get past the celery-mint, however. Medium bodied and balanced on the tongue, the palate neither impresses or offends. This beer is straight up weird. There’s not much more to say.