Cybercat (5962) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pours a deep, warm, opaque sable with a fine bubbled butter tan head. Rich, sweet, mocha aroma is more chocolate than coffee and rather sweet, and has a smoky undertone and a hint of brown sugar. Rich, chocolaty flavor has undertones of fine coffee and molasses. It is somewhat sweet but far from cloying. Texture is smooth yet fizzy and lively. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
Draft at 5 Seasons West. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is thick and complex - some dark grain character, but not much coffee but instead molasses, dark fruit, plum wine, spices, and dark but heavily sweetened chocolate. Despite the server saying the beer is not wood or barrel aged, there is an aroma that seems distinctly woody/oaky. The flavor is strong and very flavorful - lots of complexity blending lots of funky fruit, earthy and floral hops, dark chocolate, very subtle acidity/tartness, intense dark fruit, and intense woodiness. The finish is remarkably smooth for a strong beer that is so intensely flavored. Mouthfeel is full and frothy with subtle touches of acidity tickling around the tongue. Overall, a very strongly flavored stout - intense and complex with a wide myriad of flavors. Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Tap at brewpub. Poured dark, almost black with dark brown head. Aroma is not the typical roasted malt I expect from imperial stouts. This one had a bit of dark fruit to accompany the roasted malt. Taste was similarly roasty with dark fruit, some bitterness, and some sourness. Not sure if all of these tastes were intentional. Either way, it was unique. Overall, an okay brew. jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2010
on tap-pours a disappearing brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-anise/molasses. Taste is sweet dark malt-anise/molasses, sharp hops bite, wood. Alcohol. Occasional. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Serving: Draft at the brewpub.
It pours an inky black with a small tan "head". Really nothing more than a ring around the glass. The nose is roasty with a bit of Belgian yeast and dark fruit at play. The taste is an intriguing mix of fruit (apple, banana, fig, maybe a touch of grape) and a light roastiness. I also found some flint appearing as the beer warmed. Medium in body, kind of where you expect to find it. The finish is roasty, but not lingering. Overall an intriguing take on the style. I think there really needs to be some sort of Belgian Stout category after having this brew. Well made!
NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours pretty black with a dark head. Looks like it will be a heavy and roasty ale. The aroma leans more towards vinous with hints of plums and fruity esters. There is a barely sour note along with some hops. This is not very heavy on the palate, especially considering the style. Also Thor is not very roasty. There are suggestions of chocolate, fruit, bread, and weak hops in the flavor. I was a little underwhelmed by this, though it certainly is not a bad beer. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Draft at Westside. Big, roasty, imp stout with some burnt toast undertones. Reminds me of Boris. Really nice. aracauna (3632) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Lighter in body than many imperial stouts because of the yeast strain used for the beer, but good roast and hops. I was lucky to get to try this side by side with the Cowboy Thor, which was a little better. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
ChainGangGuy (4908) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Date: November 25, 2009
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: big roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate, touch of sweet fruity esters
Flavor: rich dark and fruity flavor, roasted malts and well balanced by the big fruity esters, touch of bitter dark chocolate, sweet licorice
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Appearance: Near black body with a thin layering of light beige-colored foam. Why, it’s downright inky.
Smell: An array of roasted malts all lovingly dunked in cold coffee, dark caramel, and bittersweet chocolate ganache. It’s particularly aromatic in terms of yeast derived spicy phenols and fruity esters. Also, some background wafts of alcohol.
Taste: Richly roasty malts with strong coffee tones and a lesser taste of bittersweet chocolate squares. A second or two in, a wave of dark caramel sweetness washes in. The Trappist yeast used has definitely imparted a very spicy, very estery quality to the beer, lending fruit flavors of juicy muscadines and crisp, tart pears as well as subtle tastes of white pepper, licorice powder, and, heck, maybe even a lil’ pinch of Chinese Five Spice. The finish is all at once drying, roasty, and warming, with a bit of that spiciness lingering into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Personally, I’ve never been overly enamored with the mixture of Russian Imperial Stout and phenolic, estery Belgian yeast flavors, but this is still pretty good.