bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, the purplish black liquid raised a one-finger milk chocolate colored head that faded to adequate but not lavish lacing. I’m a big fan of Victory, but usually am not keen on double stouts, so I was keen to sample this legendary beer. It turns out that my love of brewery proved the better indicator, as I found this beer highly satisfactory. A pleasant dose of grassy, tree bark-ish hops dominates the nose, and these palate-cleansing agents return in the beer’s finish. In between, you get espresso, baker’s chocolate, roasted nut skins, and a bit of browned flour. The palate proves surprisingly light for a double stout, meaning that you can still see your toes over your belly after you finish one. If you can still see the refrigerator, you might as well go get another.
TheKernOwl (182) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like a v v hoppy balsamic reduction (no bad thing) initially. Later the hops came to the fore; they are like those in Guinness, turned up to 17. When warmed up it had a bit more of the Imperial about it (with a little fish sauce). Overall a sort of Black IPA-stout cross; for me, maybe slightly too hoppy to relax into di riddim?
Gleewall (2) - - AUG 27, 2016 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like Victory’s Golden Monkey, this ones’s ABV sneaks up on you. Subtle flavors balance out without obvious comparisons to foodstuff--how I like IMHO.
metalspice (636) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Helt svart med lavt brunt skum. Knekk, karamell, kaffe og vanilje i duften. Knekk og kaffe dominerer smaken. Myk munnfølelse, burde Vært litt tykkere.
Tjeerd (201) - GERMANY - AUG 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black beer with small head. Malty-smoky-coffee aroma an taste. High abv dominates taste imo. Mouthfeel reaonable, aftertaste quite ok.
Maarten1993 (935) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank with Marijn, Bram and Lennart in the Stone brewery bar (awesome place!) in Berlin. "Tuinbonen" taste? Complex taste, hop vs stout. Slightly coffee as well. Not bad. Bitter.
lovesexy (9) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Beerhive, Edinburgh. Initial aroma is chocolate/caramel; roasted malt. The rich hop profile comes to the fore once in the glass. Pours jet black with a thick, light brown head. This being the first US stout I’ve had, the big American hop presence instantly sets it apart from traditional Irish/British stouts. Doesn’t have quite the chocolate/malt character I was anticipating (especially after the initial aroma). There is some coffee-like bitterness on the back end. Certainly a complex beer, and one that’s probably best enjoyed slowly.
minihame2 (451) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a foamy tan head. Malty aroma with syrup, sweetness, raisins. Slightly bitter taste, roasted malts, lasting aftertaste, Smooth mouthfeel, rich body, soft, creamy, medium carbonation. Solid effort.
Msdrbeat (447) - East Lansing, USA - JUL 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Victory Brewing. Pouts pitch black. Chocolate booze aroma. Carbonation is higher than I expected. Mouthfeel is average.
jasonbenali (123) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with thick lacing and off-white to tan head.
Aroma is citrus, roast coffee, dark chocolate and mint. Taste has cream, salt, burnt sweetness and a long bitter finish with full body. Nice bit of alcohol to end.
Seriously strong flavours and interesting hybrid of black IPA and imperial stout, even if I’ve had better imperial stouts.
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Heavily roasted aromas, cacao, coffe and floral hops. Roasted taste, coffee, cacao. Bitter and roasted finish. Roasted aromas/taste are a bit dominant. Solid.