Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a snifter. Appearance is close to black with a short mocha head and some legs. Nose is a lot of roasted malt as well as some light smoke. Chocolate, vanilla, and some roast. Taste is overly smoked and roasty. Chocolate and coffee fall into the background. The roast and smoke work together well in the background. Drinks fairly well, but the taste is just a little too far in a single direction.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2010 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I drank this from a 22oz bomber, bottle # 2236, into an Orval glass.
The beer pours black with a very light tan head that only rises a quarter of the inch, but is gone right away. The lacing is light.
The aroms is on the lighter side but very nice and balanced. It starts off very malty, super great sweet notes of chocolate with a light hoppy finish.
The taste is pretty nice. It starts off a little sweet then has a very strong bitter coffee finish. This would be great if it was a little more complex and had a little sweeter start.
The feel is on the lighter side, with a lasting bitter finish. There is a weird metallic finish that comes several seconds later.
The drinkability is ok. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle Date 022310; Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
This pours from the bottle with a black color and a brown head. The aroma has a smooth roast character to it as well as hint of licorice and big, aromatic chocolate like notes.
The flavor is more roast focused than the aroma would suggest and it even gets a bit burnt and acidic from the huge roasted grain expression found in this beer; I wouldn’t quite call it harsh though, but it definitely lingers quite a bit on the palate. There is an astringency that lingers on the tongue, and this can be a bit too much at times. This doesn’t quite have the malt and sweet / rich character to hold up to the ample roast character that makes up the dominant character of this beer. In the end, the aroma had me thinking this beer was going to be more tasty and balanced than it actually ended up being; certainly not anywhere close to being a bad beer, but I definitely was wishing for more malt lushness to balance out the somewhat too overwhelming roast character
Sampled at brewvival 2011. Very good and roasty and chocolate and tasty. A little hot on the abv but with with a smooth coconut oil finish. Good stuff. douglas88 (9192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to Joe at RBWG, the last brew of the night. Pours a totally black color with a medium tan head. A smooth fruity and chocolate nose, some light hops. The flavor is a creamy rich roasted malt and coffee beer, lots of chocolate and light metallic hops. Enjoyable and well done.
Sledutah (7527) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Smokepot23 at RBWG 2011, thanks larrewl (4) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2011 does not count
Appearance: Black with a small tan head and light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruits and light smoke
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate and ashy
Appearance: clear deep dark black brown color with small brown head.
Aroma: big roasty malt with caramel, dark chocolate, fruit
Flavor: heavy rich roasted malts, bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee well balanced with caramel sweetness.
One of my favorite imperial stouts. mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Had multiple samples, both 2009 and 2010 @ Brewvival. Black pour without a head. Thin film. The aroma was full of big roasted dark malt, decent bitter chocolate impression as well. Flavors were also heavily roasted with light notes of chocolate and coffee throughout. Dry as a bone, bitter finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full, carbonation light. Decent stuff for sure.
Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
Second rate, from a bottle. Viscous black pour with a thin mocha head. Aroma was gorgeous. Tons of rich dark cocoa, roasted malt, vanilla sweetness and black licorice. Outstanding. Flavors were heavily roasted and dry as a bone. Nice licorice or anise kicker along with a light hit of booze. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy, full, medium carbonation. Sure does make a difference being able to sit down and rate a beer rather than from notes @ a beer fest...
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. In aroma, a nice lightly smokey chocolate, peaty and oily. In mouth, a nice lighter bodied Imperial Stout, with sweet chocolate, light peat, light alcohol, not bad but not imperial. Shared with Orlando crew, Jan 6 2011. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle, from Charleston Beer exchange, bottle 2/23/10. Consumed 9/7/10. good aroma, malty, smoke, soy sauce, chocolate, Minor licorice. Blackish brown color, good head that faded quick, spotty lace. Bitter flavors. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Good, wasn’t as rich as I wanted it to be. Scores on armoma flirting between 6’s and 7’s.