dphoxie (115) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
big bottle aged a bit in my cellar: pours like a big bad stout,smells and tastes the same. overall I got a lot of heat from the booze - even with some age on this bottle. lots of malty-sweetness, and not much Imperial Stout roast. I enjoyed it,overall; even though it seemed to be a little lacking in most "grading" categories.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is boozy and sweet with chocolate, cedar chips and peated/roasted malts. Taste of dark roasted malts, chocolate, mild oak, vanilla and a boozy finish.
Beergeek23322 (2024) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/25/2010. From bottle. Roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee aromas. Black with a tan head. Good balance and flavors throughout. A little bit too much alcohol burn on the finish.
Rpitteng (15) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
And pop goes the cork. Right away, the scent of cabernet rushes out of the bottle. I have to recheck the bottle to make sure itís beer. Pours dark with a perfectly brown thin head. Nose has to search behind the wine to find dark roasted malt and tobacco. Taste is intense. Thereís so much going on. Sparkling Red wine then pure dark and bitter chocolate then burnt toast then tobacco. Finishes just like a bitter stout. Very different, this might take some getting used to.
RonPopeil (1) - USA - OCT 26, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bout is scheduled for one fall. In the beer corner hailing from Easton PA by way of The Friendly Greek in Lancaster PA, we have "Tiny" a "Belgian Style Imperial Stout".
The cork was a bit of a wrestle but superior human technologies prevailed. This leads to our next realization. Virtually no carbonation at all. This thing didnít even attempt to form a head. Queue bankrupt sound a la Wheel of Fortune.
The "Battle of Pennsylvania", a battle for the ages, has begun as these two foes square off for the first time in history.
The challenger pulled no punches and began itís barrage of roasted grain and dark caramel grain in the nose with a slight "vinous" wine like character towards the end which seems to linger for awhile. Hints of Cabernet or similar dry red wine, tobacco, smoke, grape like fruit. Strong alcohol aroma buried in the wine ] character takes over as the glass warms.
The first sip is a right hook straight to the palette. Mild roasted flavors akin to roasted barley crossed with a hint of espresso rush to the forefront. Roast fades as quickly as it came where the salty veteran from PA drops an uppercut leading into a strong "vinous" or wine like character which dominates the middle of the tasting. In the finish Iím reminded slightly of chewing tobacco as a slight raisin or prune like sweetness develops around a tobacco sort of flavor. Feels oily in the mouth which is also similar to chewing tobacco. A soft jab of roast returns at the very end alluding to a much needed bitter note. As the glass warms the roasted flavors fall to the background allowing that wine like character to run the show. Finishes with a bitter smokey flavor akin to a nice Nicaraguan Cigar "Padron".
By the tenth round the challenger had appeared to run out of gas. While quite enjoyable on itís own this guy screams of cigar beer to me. Tobacco flavors and roast could provide suitable analogs while the wine like body could remind some of a quality red wine that would also work well as a smoke companion. As for food, Iím not sure this would be easily matched without getting a bit restauranty. Maybe a steak grilled with coffee grounds matched with a reduction of red wine, onions, mushrooms and peppercorn possibly finished with truffle. Really want the earthy thing going on. Dark chocolate deserts would possibly work as well as the possibility of a smokey cheese with some sharpness to it if such a thing could be found.
ryanscourt (555) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black, brown fluffy head that fades. Smell of vinegar. Roasted spicy finish. Fairly dry and bitter. Strong, but goes down easy.
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with beige head. The aroma is sour roast. Light roast smokiness and light dry finish.
ajnepple (1672) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GABF 2013. Brown/black with tan head. Roasted malt, earthy bitterness, medium sweetness, light chocolate and coffee.
MrHangover (2141) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ GABF 13. Pours a pitch black beer with a small beige head on top. Aroma of licorice, molasses and slightly boozy. Some fruit in there as well. Flavour is very sweet and fruity. Long lasting, sticky sweet aftertaste. Decent brew, but Iíve had better impyís.
troupos40 (65) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with medium tan head. Aromas of chocolate and toffee. Nice balance on the palate, slightly bitter, with dry mouth feel. Overall a nice offering, the almost 12% alcohol is hidden nicely.