BenH (3436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle. Black with tan head. Rich roasty aroma, some pine, chocolate and coffee. Taste has lots of peat smoke, some chocolate, licorice. Heavy body, sweet with a clean finish. Very nice. Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2012
In bottle, thanks Sev! Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair tan head. Aroma of pine, chocolate, roasty malt, soy sauce and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Mildly bitter with lingering soy sauce, chocolate and roasty malt again. A smoky ash linger also. cgarvieuk (25728) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2012
bottle at bens ... deep black ... thin tan head ... big meaty chocolate roast malt nose ... dark chocolate ... mellow roast ... big vine fruits ... heavy roast ... little charcoal ... little meaty ... quite a sweet finish HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
A solid if unspectacular take on the RIS style. As others have noted, it lacks sophistication, being in your face with roasted malt character and a fairly high amount of resinous hop bitterness. For the 8 dollar price tag, a not unreasonable beer (though I’d prefer Smuttynose and a few others, or obviously Expo Stout). JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2012
Small, beige-brown head over virtually black beer. Coffee, cacao & USA-hops... ehh, good! Dry hoparoma, intense roasting aromas, green herbs, and hot metal slug. Sweetish and very roasted-bitter, carbonation and roasted grains lending a point of acidity. Roasted coffeebeans. Finish shows some alcoholic sweetness, and obvious alcoholwarming. Viscously slick & oily - but lacking aftertaste. A bomb, certainly, and equally unsubtle - lacking complexity.
Theydon_Bois (20460) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2012
On tap at TJ’s Everyday, Paoli, PA - 25/05/12.
Solid black colouration with a medium mocha head.
Roasted malt nose with an alcohol whiff, not too much else.
Roasted malts in the taste, slightly charred and burnt a lot of booze in there!
Medium to full bodied, more carbonation that I’d have expected.
Alcohol isn’t balanced enough for me, all booze and malt!
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Prisco’s. The appearance is a deep flat black. The flavors and aromas are rich roasty and smoky malts, lots of dry dark fruits, and some cocoa additions. A full, slightly drying mouth. Very enjoyable IRS. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a completely pitch black color that never yields to the light. The head is a two finger mocha color with pretty poor retention and lacing.
S: Roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, licorice, chocolate, wood, subtle smoke, and a little booze come together in the scent. Nothing out of the ordinary, but executed nicely.
T: The first thing I notice is how well attenuated this one is. It’s not very sweet (at all) yet the booze presence is only moderate. The initial sip is heavy on roasty notes, which temporarily gives way to flavors of anise seed and coffee. The finish is fairly boozy (to the point where it burns slightly at times), but overall it has surprising drinkability for a 12.5% RIS. Faint hints of dark fruit can be tasted, and the presence of soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate, and smoke pop after several sips. General flavor is savory rather than sweet, with solid complexity and balance.
M: Here’s where things disappoint slightly. I like how the big roasty presence gives it solid dryness overall, but it’s lacking in body for a big stout. The dryness combined with the alcohol presence gives a nice mouthwatering sensation, though. The booze warms the body nicely, making it a great winter brew (how I wish it was still January...) While it could use a more delicate persona, I can’t find much fault in its general drinkability. Low carbonation.
O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It bears a passing resemblance to Yeti, which is always a great thing in my mind. It’s a very big beer, but it’s never too bloated for its own good. Even still, it’s best to share this mutha with friends. It’s kind of expensive - I paid $11 for a bottle - but I’d say it’s worth it if you’re looking for a night-capping sipper to share with others. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2012
22oz bottle (2/2012): pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel malty nose with some ashy roasted coffee. Starts with good fullness and rich roasty espresso with some dark chocolate and a touch of phenols before a drier roasty bittersweet finish. Could be a little cleaner, but has good complexity. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting @ De Molen. Aroma is huge sharp roast, some silty notes, chocolate, liquorice and more. Flavour is huge dry bitter roast, liquorice, chocolate, not that hoppy, more a ashy bitter malt. Some alcohol.