ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a nicely dark brown-to-borderline pitch black color. The head is a three finger khaki shade. While the retention is good, it doesn’t leave much lacing on the glass.
S: This beer offers up a mix of sweetness (chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits) and savoriness (soy, faint oxidation, maybe even a musty presence?) to pervades my nose. After a bit, its roasty character will pop up like weeds. Nice complexity to be found here, even if not every note works perfectly.
T: If the aroma dictated a slightly sweet, chocolaty stout, then the flavor profile dictates a roasty, licorice-forward one. Licorice opens up the palate before it fades into a faintly roasted coffee expression in the midtaste/finish. A distant aftertaste of char and umami qualities alongside an appearance of chocolate, smoke, and prunes after many sips give it an overall depth that is very good, but not elite. I’m not a huge fan of how this one finishes in general, but everything up to that point is rock solid.
M: I’d say it’s a bit too thin and devoid of creaminess on the onset. The texture will eventually froth up giving a good counteraction to the roasted malts. This one really needs a drier finish to allow the savory/roasted qualities to shine through more vividly.
O: Likable, but at the same time, a bit aimless and meandering in its complexity. It comes across undecided whether it wants to be big, roasty, and dry or sweet, fruity, and chocolaty, and ergo doesn’t really do either facet fabulously. This is a good off-the-shelf RIS that has the misfortune of competing with MANY great ones (such as Old Rasputin).
Jorn69 (486) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@ Ölprovning på Havregatan 7 mars 2014. Rostade toner, en del choklad, medelfyllig, något tunn i smaken.
VictorStr (897) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromen av vanilj och chocklad. Smaken lite mer citrus, kanske lite lätt i kroppen.
Beerhunter111 (3200) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig süß nach Schokolade, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch.
chinchill (1263) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours dark, reddish mahogany with a small tan head.
A robust stout with a solid dark malt base. Hints of coffee and plums and cherries in the surprisingly fruity aroma. Light spicy hops and smoke come out more in the taste; which is rendered less fruity, but even mor complex, than the aroma. Excellent level of mild bitterness overall, despite a somewhat sweet start. The flavor lingers a good while in the dark malt aftertaste. Other than a hint of sherry in the taste and, more so, the aroma, the 8% alcohol is well hidden.
Feel: remarkably smooth and creamy. Full bodied. Slightly dry finish.
O: Excellent RIS. Richly flavored and very well balanced. No burnt notes and just a hint of smoke despite the ample, dark roasted malts.
ModeEngage (105) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
http://imgur.com/khu0LTQ - Bottle. Pours opaque black with thin tan head. Smells of oak, butter chocolate, and toasted malt. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of booze, maple, light smoke, and chocolate.
NikkTwist (1341) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Glossy black pour with some beige foam that mostly disappeared. Slightly smokey dark fruit. Charcoal grilled fruit skewers. Also notable amounts of chocolate caramel and cold coffee. Tootsie Rolls. Liquorice. Vanilla beans. Molasses. Leatherette. Coffee liquor. Full, dark, shiny and delicious!
Ed5388 (1615) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2oz sample at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Pours black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla.
ectotherm (12) - farmington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Drank it both from a bottle and from the brewery in the same outing. A very nice experience. Great color but the lacing? If you can find it please have a few with your mates.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a foamy latte head. Nose is sweet and creamy with vanilla notes and chocolate custard, and lightly roasted malts with a touch of toast. Flavor is bittersweet with lots of earthy roast but with ample sweet chewy chocolate tones, Boston Creme, toast, and a bit of earthy burnt tones on the finish. Quite lovely.
Beese (940) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Poured black with a tight tan head. Somewhat sweet aroma of coffee, molasses and vanilla. Good thick mouth feel. Flavours of chocolate, banana, fudge and dark fruit. Roasted malt bitterness on the finish with some smooth coffee and black treacle.