jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of totoropanda. Thanks Daniel. Pours a dark black with small tan chocolate head with good retention and some light lacing. The aroma is roasty with dark chocolate and lots of oak as well as a mineral note. A little bit of brown sugar and alcohol as well. The taste is sweet and oaky, very oaky with lots of roasty dark chocolate. The finish is oaky and astringent with bitter dark chocolate. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not that great. Way too much oak and quite astringent.
Art (2207) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by charule. Pours a dark brown with a slight brown head. Aromas of dark fruits and oak. Big rich beer. Flavorful but not my cup of tea.
charule (1555) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to stakem. Poured black with thick tan head. Aroma of oak cabinets dark fruits. Light carb med bod. Oaky wood choc dry fig taste. Grows on ya
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, solid Imperial stout. black pour, somewhat flat. dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, wood notes. good flavor, good mouthfeel. nice
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: An enormously sweet big stout with a moderate oak presence. For those with a serious sweet tooth.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed with some age on it.
The look: Black body topped by a very large tan head with good retention.
In long: Nose is rich sweet black stuff (molasses, vanilla extract, etc.) along with roasted oak. Pleasant mouthfeel that offers the expected 11% brew super-full body but also a generous active carbonation, far from syrupy texture this beer is actually quite lively in mouth. Taste is monstrously sweet, the brutal sweetness of this thing is of Southern Tier or Cigar City proportion. Burnt vanilla cake, vanilla extract, distant chocolate, black liquorice, oak, ink, salty soy sauce, and a ton of sugars. An excessive sweetness without the richness sensation of good uber-sweet beers, sugars and more sugars. Nothing “bad” here, just really not my thing. I paid good money for this disappointing beer but I wasn’t able to feel any anger or sadness because Trent Reznor felt it all on the Downward Spiral album.
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Not a gusher, but based on the very prickly carbonation it may have been an off bottle (which makes me really want to try another since other than the feel it was pretty damn good). Hard to get over the pin-prick carbonation, but the aroma and flavor have a healthy dose of vanilla atop a chocolate and roasted malt background. only hints at 11%. hope to try again."
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near black with a thin beige head. The nose is roasted malt and a strange funkiness. The taste is coffee, roasted malt and light chocolate. OK.
Ataraxia (413) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark fruit, anise, wood, chocolate, leather, and coffee grounds. Bittersweet, a little bit of umami. Lively, smooth, full bodied, but a little thinner than expected. Black, opaque, thin tan head.
Plovmand (6913) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet roasted with hoppy and chocolate notes. Later notes of oak and vanilla. The flavor is sweet black roasted with chocolate and oak notes. Light woody with some coffee and nutty notes. Great.
burg326 (4533) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark black color with aromas if roast, chocolate, some musk, light vanilla, light wood and some earth. Flavors followed suit with some light dryness, sold beer overall.
pushkinwow (2227) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle via IP trade with orangesol. Black with a frothy mocha head. Roasted malt, coffee, some "attic" musk but in a good way that seems to mellow and yet enhance and balance things at the same time, dry chocolate, smooth, some oak, hint of vanilla bean skin but not too sweet. Moderate carbonation and body, chocolate, slightly chalky with a bit of lactose, although I haven’t had it before seems to be slightly past its prime but still tasty.