WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nose of chocolate and dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Beautiful black pour with a wonderful brown head. Good lacing. Created great hopes and expectations. Taste disappointing. Chocolate and coffee and malts, sure, but a gaping hole where the hops should be. Not unpleasant but surprising hints of anise. Mouth / palate falls way short of expectations created by the gorgeous pour. Almost dead, almost flat. Looked great, smelled fine, but the dead mouth and the incomplete flavor profile made this seriously disappointing. I poured this glass out. Will probably toss the rest of the bottle. Not worth the alcohol ... I’ll drink somebody else’s IPA or Stout or something I can taste.
superspak (4581) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 12/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity/earthy/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast bitterness and yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, light pepper, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity/earthy/spicy yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity/earthy/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
cards04 (2630) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice imperial stout. Thanks northopfrye. Very dark chocolate aromas. Maybe some maple syrup. Dark roast all over the place. Boozy. Nice.
northropfrye (3214) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body brown head which fade and a touch of lacing. Tart lactose dark roast cherry. Taste is roast, a touch of booze, sweet malts, bubblegum. A bit thin but not a bad imperial stout.
Quick3Beers (890) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a burnt brown from a bottle. Aroma of dark chocolate, flavor is oddly rich, like leather or meat. A little weird, but okay I guess.
bluejacket74 (1815) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled December 2014, bottle count of 1600, 10% ABV. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around a little while. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit (cherry, plum), chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit (plum, figs), molasses, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick and syrupy with low/moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good brew, I wouldn’t mind trying it again in the future. $9.99 a bomber.
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is sweet chocolate, no soy sauce, smooth chocolate/coffee finish. High (10%) ABV is hidden. $10.99 for a 22oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH
welikesnow (1) - - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I had high hopes for this beer, having never tried anything from White Birch. I paid $9 for a bomber at the brewery, which was one of their cheaper offerings.
Alcohol flavors really dominate this beer, as does a syrupy sweetness, two things can really ruin a beer for me. I also detected a somewhat sour or metallic aftertaste that, while slight, was off-putting.
I do not find any redeeming qualities in this beer, but I could see some folks thinking it’s "OK". Certainly not worth my $9.
vtafro (6567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Backlog) Bottle. Black silky pour with brown head. Some roasted tones, silkier chocolate aromas. Milk chocolate, nutty malt and roasted flavors.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Feb 2011, so there’s a little bit of time on it. This beer has changed drastically from when I opened a bottle about two years ago. It has become a remarkably smooth, well-rounded experience. The nose is full of chocolate and mild coffee and soft Belgian yeast notes, the sharp coppery edge is gone entirely. The beer is full-bodied, the carbonation seems to have settled down a bit - it is very creamy and has serious presence to it. It seems thicker. The flavor is perfect. Balanced rich dark chocolate without the bitter bite in the finish, lightly roasted coffee, a bit of breadiness and this great earthy finish that you keep expecting to become a bit drier and more bitter, but it doesn’t. There’s still a bit of tobacco smoke to the finish, but it is very, very subdued. It’s like a Belgian version of a Ten Fidy or a Stone IRS. I didn’t like it when I first had it, but this stout has certainly grown up a great deal and really come into its own. "Indulgence Ale" is the perfect name for it. If you’re sitting on a bottle, I think it is time to give it a try so you can experience a cellaring underdog.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, moyen de chocolat noir , léger de café avec des notes de chocolat au lait et de crème brûlée (faibles notes lactiques) ainsi qu’avec des traces de tabac, de cendre, de houblon herbeux et de fruits (petits fruits foncés). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’avec une texture légèrement sirupeuse et aux notes crémeuses. Léger goût de malt fumé (fumée de tabac, traces de tourbe et de fumée de bois) avec des notes de chocolat au lait (faibles notes lactiques) ainsi que des traces fruitées (fruits foncés), d’anis et de crème brûlée lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti, un moyen goût de chocolat noir avec des traces de de mélasse sucrée et de cendres puis en finale un léger goût de café se développe avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux ainsi que des notes d’alcool réchauffantes. Post-goût long-moyen, légèrement amer de rôti, de chocolat noir, léger de café avec des notes d’alcool et de houblon herbeux.