johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pours a solid black color with a stingy tan head that dissipates to a ring on top. Smells like a foreign extra stout at first whiff. Restrained roasted grains, caramel and brown sugar, a hint of wintergreen, slightly herbal and earthy aromas. Really not smelling like an Imperial stout at this point. Taste is sugary with that herbal earthy flavor to it. It’s kind of a mix of wintergreen and anise wrapped up in chocolate and coffee. Finish is fairly dry with a long lingering wintergreen and sweet roasty stickiness coating my mouth. Medium to thick body with a low to moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet sticky mouthfeel. I love how this is different and kind of outside the box, but I also hate the flavor the birch sap gives it. The herbal wintergreen flavor just doesn’t agree with me or my sense of stout. Glad I got to try it, probably one and done for this guy.
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22 oz bottle. Got this as part of a trade from my man Sebowski - thanks! Pours nice pitch black and leaves an almost-film on the sides of the glass. Smells strongly of sugar - sugarcane, something like that. It’s probably the syrup in it. I don’t taste a ton of the honey, but that’s not a bad thing. A really sweet finish to it, but it’s really, really good. I like this one a lot, goes down very easy. Sledutah (7979) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Smoked salmon and roasted malts
Taste: Roasted malts, smokey and some mid sweetness
Very nice and enjoyable.
On tap. Nose is strong and sweet. Dark roast, molasses, burnt notes, maple, brown sugar, sweet residual sugars, and a touch of smoke. Nice. Pours black, tan head, thick and viscuous as well. Flavor starts with roast and burnt notes, moves through a long sweet stage with molasses, brown sugar, and honey, finishes with a slightly salty sweet smokey notes and more roast to balance and finish. Some warming alcoholic heat, big bodied beer. Big all around. Lots of flavor, lots of body. A solid brew. blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
bottle, thanks to fiveacestx in trade, pours black with tan foam ring, whiskey and wood aroma with a hoppy sweet licorice, coffee and dark chocolate flavor, medium thin body and finish
douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle thanks to SuperDave- you are the man, but you knew that! Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is sweet maple syrup (OK, birch syrup but I don’t know what that is), some smoke and caramel. A very sweet version of a Stout with the honey and syrup, light smoke, caramel, not much roast or dark fruit. The flavors get dominated by the sweet mix which is a bit of a shame, but it still is a very nice and interesting beer with one hell of a label. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bomber pours a nice and dark mahogany with mocha head leaving behind spotty lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malts, a bit of burnt malts, a sense of honey, molasses and a soft smoky rauch-ness. Behind those notes I get spicy hops and spicy black licorice. The taste starts with sweet molasses, dark roasted malts and a thicket of spicy hops and black licorice. To midway a smooth modest rauch like smokiness billows up to the surface. This has a nice smooth mouth fell. magdalar (535) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2011
Draught. Pours black with a dissipating white head.
Smells of roast and some sweetness.
Tastes of roasted coffee and smoke with a medium bitterness that doesn’t seem to fit well. Body is medium to full. Carbonation is soft. Texture is syrupy. Finishes astringent. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Nearly black in color with a finger of tan head. Smells quite heavy on the smoke and roasted malts. A bit of dark chocolate in there, maybe some oatmeal, molasses, and toffee. The flavor is a bit on the bitter side with a heavy roast and smoke flavor. A bit of molasses, coffee, and burnt sugar, maybe some licorice. Medium to full in body with medium carbonation. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle from Total Wine in Sac. Compared to most Alaskan beers I’ve tried, this is far from thin. It tows the line of a sweet, imperial stout rather well. The only thing I didn’t get was the lingering bitterness in the tongue. Otherwise, the mouthfeel and flavor was excellent.