MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by HopBear...thanks Barry! Of the Gold, Blue and Black, the black is the last of the three
madvike (2733) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by HopBear...thanks Barry! - Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is soured dark malt, milky with a chocolately note. A bit of heat, but not a ton. Taste is about the same, with a bit more milkiness showing through, with an odd cherry taste. The oak shows a bit, with some charred roastiness and coffee showing through. Vanilla. Nice thick body with a silkiness. This just didn’t work for me.
cpetrone84 (1380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a black liquid with dense brown head. The nose is woody, roasted malts, light notes of booze, dry and ashy with some chocolate sprinkled in. The flavor has wood and booze up front, ashy malts, notes of cherries and a bit of sweet malt in the back. Medium body and assertive, balanced carbonation. Tastes almost slightly infected with an off cherry sweetness.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pour is onyx with 4 fingers of milkshake quality foam on top; the head left a beautiful show of lacing and lasted the duration of the whole 750ml! Nose is chocolate, vanilla, nugget, oak, figs, roasted malt, and a light undetermined spice. Taste is spot on, delivered in a smooth, decadent fashion, with the hops and roasted malt taking a bit of authority over the sweeter notes to balance to perfection. This is truly an amazing imperial stout, and I’ve enjoyed this more than any other offering I’ve encountered from Troegs. Pity this was a one shot deal!
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have been waiting for this beer to come out for years. A 750ml bottle shared with friends, poured into a few taster glasses.
A - Pours jet black with a gigantic three finger dark brown head, dissipating down to thin film, leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass. Very active looking in the glass.
S - I seem to be picking up way more hops than most people. The spicy, earthy, hops really jumped out at me when we opened the first bottle. Plenty of oak mixes well with a bit of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and some licorice. Dark and earthy but still pretty well balanced. Pretty good.
T - Starts off with some earthy, spicy, hops warming your pallet for the rest of the flavors. They are quickly enveloped into the darker, heavier, heart of this beer. Where did all that 11% ABV go?!? Flavors are similar to the nose with the tons of oak with a bit of chocolate and vanilla sweetness sneaking in toward the end. Finish is not as I was expecting, with a light lingering roasted sweetness. A bit too much oak for my tastes. I wish more of the chocolate and vanilla came thru. Not the best I have ever had, but nowhere near the worst.
M - Heavy body and flavor with above average carbonation. Some of the bottles I have tried have been nice and creamy in the feel, others have been quite over carbonated and prickly on the pallet. It seems to be hit or miss.
O - Not too bad. I have had samples from four different bottles now and all have been decent but far from great. It is not overly sweet like some of the other BA stouts I have had recently but the large oak character is a bit overwhelming.
Beerman6686 (4351) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a dark dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was mainly roast, light chocolate, and lots of metal. Flvor was very astringent and metallic, with some roast and dark chocolate. Only plus about this one was the alcohol was hidden very well.
boFNjackson (4137) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured jet black with a thin head. Lots of barrel character here with vanilla sweetness, oak, ash, toasted-burnt sweetness, and roasted malt. Nicely sweet with some alcohol heat but I wouldn’t say it was bitter.
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aorma or roasted malt, coffee, a hinto chocolate, and nice abv. Sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, an abv warmth, and a good malt bitter. Medium/full bodied with good carbonation.
Pinball (10846) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø tasting.
very dark, small head
aroma is roasted malts, caramel, dry.
flavor is roastedmalts, caramel, good alc. burn. very good
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark black colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.