BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Courtesy of Ratman. Thanks a ton. Pours flat. Weak aroma with nice vanilla notes. Nicely attenuated. Nice balance between sweet, bitter, and roastiness. Enjoyable, but probably past peak. Thanks again to Ratman as I had given up hope of trying this one. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
’06 GABF RB tasting Thanks Degarth! Dark chocolate, fruit, and roasty aroma. Flavor is roasty, bitter, with some warming alcohol. Lingering finish. A bit hot. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle in trade from Degarth, thanks Joe.
Shared with Hellomynameis. This might have not aged as well as I thought or maybe I stored it improperly. It was rather thin and soylike. Still had some nice properties but mostly had gone to shit. ABUSEDGOAT (2796) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Draft sample at City Beer in SF. Black with a tan head, some lacing and retention. Aroma is darker fruits, chocolate, licorice, light roast, very low hops. Medium to heavy body, somewhat sweet and still a bit hot. Reminded me sorta of Stone RIS which is good for ratings, but not for me. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
187 ml bottle, via STEPHENDR. Pours an oily black body under a minimal covering of dark brown head that ran to a thin ring. The nose is extremely heavy roast with milk chocolate, chalky dryness, coffee, light alcohol vapors, and maybe a touch of smoke. Flavor is much the same, heavy roast with a chalky ashy earthiness, licorice, some dry yeast, and very light alcohol for an 11%+ beer. A little hint of oxidation on the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with great soft fizzy carbonation. It leaves a nice oily slick finish that coats the cheeks. This was a pretty damn good beer, except for the serving size!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
7oz nip bottle, thanks to DaveCooks, I believe!! Poured clear, very deep brown and damn near still.. with just mild traces of head forming a light ring.. medium-viscosity. The aroma picked up thick and syrupy (if smells can have that kind of texture) well-roasted dark chocolates, molasses, tar, and a bit of coffee with old, but still relevant pine notes accented by alcohol warmth as a final impression. The flavor began with syrupy, well-roasted dark chocolate and molasses with a sharp alcohol bite.. chocolate again across the middle with dark fruit, coffee bitterness, and molasses surrounding.. warm, boozy chocolate and nougat finish. Very lightly-carbonated on the palate.. wish it had a bit more.. warm throughout and sharp with the alcohol presence. This was a good beer, but it fell short of expectations. hopdog (12864) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Rate beer rating #3,500. Nip sized bottle acquired in trade with tever (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a small sized tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roast, vanilla, with some dark fruits. Chocolaty goodness. Tastes of roast, chocolate, dark fruits, and a nice coffee bitter finish. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice smooth body. I wish this was a bigger sized bottle!. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Poured very dark brown with a thin hint of a head that dissappeared very quickly. Chocolate and some roasted malts with a very familiar scent that I just can’t place. Thin body that went a long way to dissapointing. The flavor is consequently lacking. There’s some roast and chocolate maybe a touch of vanilla. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
This Imperial Stout pours a deep eclipse black color from a 7oz bottle. Small sized tan foamy head, quickly dissipating. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, touch of vanilla. The hops are earthy and herbal. Very smooth tasting, mellow stout. Some bottle aging has mellowed the malts and added a touch of oxidation that somehow works well. Very smooth tasting. There is a complex mix of flavors going on here, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, dark fruit and vanilla. It hides the 11.4% alcohol
extremely well, glad its in a small bottle. Nice beer that has aged well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with some bitter overtones or is it bitter with some sweetness.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Deep, dark mahogany body. Wispy, almost non-existent film at the top that left virtually no lacing behind. One whiff indicates that this is a special beer. The aroma is nothing short of intoxicating. Chocolate, dark roasted caramel, nougat, and molasses meld together almost flawlessly in the nose. The flavor, while solid, is not quite as impressive. The chocolate and nougat flavors lay the groundwork, while hints of dry roasted coffee and light soy sauce provide highlights. Mild hops add nice balance. The body is just on the heavy side of medium, smooth, and somewhat viscous. The mouthfeel was solid, though slightly flat, with a bit of oxidation noticable. Very nice beer that I feel might have been a little past its prime. Thanks Jason! I enjoyed it.