Brigadier (3830) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2018
500 ml bottle (?)
ajnepple (7718) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Digging some oldies from the cellar I stumbled across this. It felt like a good time to pare down the Hoppin' Frog backlog so as soon as things calmed down around the house I grabbed my favorite glass to discover what happens when two continents collide in one big imperial stout.
Aroma / Appearance - The oily black base is almost exactly what you would expect from the style - especially one with Hoppin' Frog's genes inside it. As the dense mocha head slowly melts it releases a mixture of cocoa, smoke, and ash. There's no subtlety here - you know what you are getting without a single sip.
Flavor / Palate - Roasted malts, dry peat, and rich chocolate slowly create layers of oily deposits around the mouth. Chewy cheesecake bites crawl through that to a mild bitter finish. This falls just short of the brilliance of BORIS but is otherwise everything you would expect from the parties involved. I wish I'd opened it sooner.
On tap at the Mellow Mushroom - Coralville. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted grain, cocoa, chocolate malt, mild earth and light coffee. Similar flavor, adding mild bitterness and mild sweetness with a lingering roasted malt finish. Nice. mikeyo1 (889) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2017
Bottle @ home. Cellared for three years until best before date. It's black with th a medium beige head. Aroma has loads of dusty hops, cocoa, licorice, prunes, roasted malts, coffee. Taste is very bitter with roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, red fruits, prunes, lemon zes. Bitter almost sour finish. Medium body with short to average duration. Sammy (13233) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2017
On tap at the Griffon Gastropub. Very bitter, and then very coconut from barreling. Some hops in the finish. Not a great drinker. Svesse (9222) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2017
(Bottle) Pitch black colour with frothy, beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with notes of dark chocolate, liquorice, black rye bread, roasted nuts, prunes, blackberries, a touch of treacle and hints of smoke. Malty, roasted taste with dark chocolate, black rye bread, liquorice, black coffee, prunes, treacle, tobacco and a balanced cacao bitterness in a roasty and slightly vinous finish. More than medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Quite powerful and a bit one-dimensional, but really tasty. Very nice.
Panzuriel (2476) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Appearance: Rich Inky Brown. Half a finger of mocha bubbles.
Nose: Deeply roasted malt, hints of cocoa. Definite hop presence. Touch of pine
Taste: Chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malt, hints of pine.
Body: Fuller with satiny mouthfeel.
Parting thoughts: A very chocolate stout. The hops are definitely something that sets this apart. They blend well with the chocolate bitters.
OminouSC2 (1047) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
A bit too much Amager, not enough Hoppin’ Frog. A mix between the hop and the malt makes me wonder if it’s a Black IPA, Stout or Imperial stout I’m drinking. Aroma is nice with lot of complexity but falls short on taste/finish. polo_marco (333) - milton, Vermont, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Smells of roasted malts with a slight winey boozy scent at the end. Super rich black color with no head. Really nice smooth roasted malts flavor with slight wine taste with wood like dry finish. Full body with exreamly light carbonation. Love the feel of the beer but not a fan of that winey taste not my thing. But still not a bad brew. Arve_Christian (5245) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2016
On bottle. Pitch black color, good brownish foam. HIgh aroma intensity; cocoa, hops, choclate, malt, dark toffee and some leather. Full body & complexity. Good bitterness and balance. Very enjoyable wombat23 (2187) - Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2016
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle. Pours brown-black with a dark tan head. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice with coffee notes. Flavor is similar to the nose and quite rich. There is a good amount of hops bitterness, but it doesn’t clash with roasted/chocolate/coffee flavors and adds a nice extra dimension. Medium-bodied. Could probably be classified as a stout. Excellent.