Arayaga2 (1819) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a brown crema head. Aroma is grapey with gentle roast and additional vinous notes.. Taste is the same and spicy with peppery roast notes, hops and carbonation. Alcohol is a bit hot into the finish, but it still goes down smooth and viscous. $8/750
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Tiny" is a nice name for this giant. Not only was the bottle 1 PINT 9.4 OZ, but the ABV is 11.8%. It went down smooth and creamy, but I was definitely breathing alcohol fumes after each sip. Yum. Sweet, malty, and toasty.
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to thejon375 for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Nose is roast, malt, licorice, and earth. Flavor is about the same with a medium body and a sense of insecurity. It is somewhere between Old Heathen and Thirteen.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell of figs, sweet dark fruits. Belgian candy mixed with a sweet roasted malted-ness. This is one sweet stout. Not in a chocolaty way, but it has a supreme dark fruit sweetness that embodies it flavor.
Travlr (13679) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Clear dark brown, no head or lacing. Aroma of chocolate/cocoa. Taste is smooth cocoa with a smoke edge. Straightforward.
DialSquare (3028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big corked bottle from Market Square. Deep black pour with a huge foamy tan head - very sturdy. Aroma of sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, nuts and berries. Taste is a sweet mash of the same backed up with booze, earthy hops and spices. Definitely comes through with some wine-like vibes. Heat is definitely noticeable, but doesn’t detract. Texture is a fantastic silky medium to thick - knife and fork stuff. Overall, a lot going on - a bit muddled - but still very enjoyable sipper. Need to age one.
nimbleprop (5290) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours a watery, opaque black with zero head. Nose is sweet, brown sugar, nuts, dark toasted bread, light coffee. Flavor is sweet, very malty, coffee, lots of coffee, light black cherry, cola. Finish is very astringent and dry.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml Bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aromas are roasty malts, sweet, caramel and dark fruit. Flavor is licorice at first, followed by roasty malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits and roasty as well. Can tell the high ABV since its quite boozy. Full bodied and not bad except for the high alcohol flavors.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750caged&corked. Dark, boozy nose. Truly fuzzy (yet slick), slightly bitter, while backed the whole time in a chocolate coco roast-ish tip’o da tongue tingle. Boozy no doubt, but really subdued. This bottle was very affordable, like $6.50; but these guys lack a regular solid Stout(ish?)offering... go Big Balls & make This That beer. This, in a 6er would be a staple in my fridge.
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a huge cap of dense, darker beige head.. looked great, but a little too much head. The aroma picked up a sweet kick of raisiny fruits, burnt molasses, and dry-roasted darker chocolates.. dry, dusty yeast laced throughout, with a recurring theme of dark fruit.. vanilla, toffee, and biscuits provided additional sweetness.. this was a little heavy on the sweets, but it sure as hell masked the alcohol! The flavor found burnt molasses, dark chocolate, and raisins at the core.. definite dusty Belgian-inspired yeast laced throughout, along with an alcohol presence that was certainly bigger than the nose.. greener coffee and earthy bitterness too.. building heat through the swallow, finishing kind of like a rough port (but with more chocolate and molasses). Heavier-bodied and quite sweet on the palate.. velvety, rolling carbonation as promised, but the warmth just became too much.. spicy, with a very long tailing impression to it.. this has a chance to become very good in the cellar, if the hops and boozage mellow out.