dchmela (3062) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Thick black pour with a thick dark tan creamy head. Chocolate malt, tobacco, roasted grain and anise in the aroma. Taste is smooth chocolate malt, dark fruit, roasted grain and a touch of hop bite. Not overly thick and much more drinkable than most complex stouts. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Suttree’s Nothing else to do in Mid-February Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. So maybe the beer got better as the night went on, or maybe I drank myself into rating easier. Anyway, this beer was nice. Dark brown, toward black with a milk chocolate dark tan head. Aroma is very roasty, chocolate, coffee. Taste is roast, chocolates, dark chocolate, coffee, brash hops. Suttree (6360) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Black, with a brown head. Nice aroma - a mix of raisin, rum some more fruity notes. Flavor is one of those deals where you could just try to list everything and end up with a laundry list, but suffice it to say that there is a nice blend of coffee, several dark fruits, and a nice hop bite. very tasty brew. hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a large, frothy, well-tanned head. Excellent retention. The bouquet releases notes of blackstrap molasses, pouch tobacco, dark chocolate, licorice and earthy, pungent hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The flavor presents everything a terrific imperial stout should – blackstrap molasses, carbon, bittersweet dark chocolate, pouch tobacco and Cuban espresso. Hearty, rich, heavy. Lengthy, bittersweet, burnt finish. This beer really does have all the characteristics of an imperial stout… a world class imperial stout. Cybercat (5743) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Strong aroma is oily and smoky with overtones of miso and yeast and hints of caramel and molasses. It pours like motor oil, coming out a warm chocolaty sable with a very thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor is strongly of molasses with a strong and pleasantly surprising hoppy component and undertones of fine roast coffee and unsweet chocolate as well as a caramel hint. There is also an odd rubbery tone that I usually find with wheat beers. Texture is fairly smooth and not all that tingly, and the finish is both smoky and hop-bitter, an interesting combination.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Bottle from the Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a deep coffee / cola browns with a creamy tan head, some spotty lacing left on the tulip. Nose starts off bursting with fresh pine, then gives way to deep roasted malts, coffee, and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Very hoppy and roasty on the palate with a good amount of cocoa on the back end. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2010
(500ml bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a tall creamy tan head. Aroma of ash, roasted grain, pine, grass, grapefruit, cocoa, anise, and cedar. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, grass, chocolate, and caramel with a bitter finish. SpringsLicker (3616) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Nearly opaque black brew with a tall, lasting dark tan head.
Roast malt makes up the aroma.
Roast bitterness with little hop bitterness or flavor.
Rich smooth and full bodied. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
50cl bottle courtesy of illidurit. I’m excited that we finally have this available locally because Beer Here is rocking it. I was a big fan of Mörke pumpernickel porter, but this is probably just as good. I went into this expecting a black IPA, but found a very nice hoppy stout, with all the necessary malt richness to carry the generous hop bill. Pours solid black with a tan head. The aroma is solid chocolate-filled orange as David already suggested below, with some caramel and light smoke. Very malty smelling, with that nice orange hop fruitiness. The flavor is dark chocolate and roasty with a bitter hoppy edge and a dry finish. Medium bodied with a smooth texture. Really tasty stuff, and as much a hoppy stout as anything. wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Very good, a little different than usual. Tastes like a hoppy porter. Starts with heavy, chocolate malts and then a good dose of hops kick in for a lightly bitter finish. Full bodied. Porter like aroma.