The_Osprey (9999) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2018 MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best stouts, ever. Everything I want from a big RIS: bitter chocolate, licorice, coffee, roast, minimal carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Just great.
February 2018 - Friday bottleshare at Partizan Brewery. Huge thanks to Scoopy for this big want. As 'Deschutes The Abyss', 2010 bottling, black wax. Pours an opaque black, foamy brown head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is nice with bourbon, fudgey, coconut and vanilla. Nice stuff. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste shows some age up front, some papery oxidation, some salad leaves and wafer biscuit. Then starts showing signs of former glory – woody, chocolate brownies, bourbon and tobacco. Flavour starts dodgy but ends well and leaves a nice linger. Oxidation maybe not so noticeable over time. Clearly an excellent beer when relatively fresh. (9-4-6-4-16=3.9) Bricktop86 (1003) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 18, 2018
On tap black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter. Iznogud (5072) - CROATIA - FEB 3, 2018
Bottle, 650 ml, from Park Plaza Liquor & Deli, Prescott. Shared with Max and JFK10000. Black with medium beige head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, pine, smooth as hell, fantastic strong bitter finish. Wood. Low carbonation. Complex, but easy drinkable. Medium to full bodied. mR_fr0g (14427) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2018
Bottle shared at at the partizan rot box tasting. Many thanks. 2010. A dark black brown coloured pour with a loose dirty tan head. Aroma is nutty brown malts, mint, aged, bourbon, soy. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, sticky brown sugars, marshmallow, woody brown, bourbon cherry,. Woody. Palate is medium sweet, tangy, rounded, medium full, harsh woody finish. Aged finish. Lingeting dark choc finish. cruik (62) - - FEB 1, 2018
Pours a deep, rich black with a dark tan head. Smell is boozy with raisin and coffee. Taste is biscuit, dark fruits, and cream. The surprising bitterness takes over with a cayenne bite. Well-balanced and the alcohol is well-covered.
Cimbasso (1099) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2018
Sampled on draught at Pub 365 in Las Vegas. Extraordinarily rich and complex flavours. Vanilla, bourbon, molasses, leather, cigar ash, dried cherries and caramelised fruit with a long lasting bitterness. A great beer, made with huge attention to detail. It doesn’t get much better than this. jsporrer (1181) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2018
Pours a pitch black with a big thick foamy brown head. Thick oily texture with lots of lacing. Boozy aroma with roasted malts, licorice, and woody note. Thick and creamy full mouth feel. Lots of dark malts, charred wood, molasses, and some spices. Smooth warm finish with long lasting lingering aftertaste. Doesn't taste as boozy as it smells. Very bold flavors with a hefty body. Smooth and very enjoyable. Better than I expected. PintTeam6 (2) - - JAN 7, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2018 Black like soy sauce with a thick caramel head. Creamy mouth feel. More metallic flavor then I prefer. Not as sweet as I expected. MaBeer1972 (2233) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2018
Bomber bottle from Winco. Poured into a snifter. Jet black with a thick dark tan head and lace. Rich roasty aromas. Flavor is intense. Dark chocolate, oak, sweet molasses and licorice. Bit of woody vanilla. Earthy spice bitterness balances it well. Body is heavy. Alcohol is well masked. Opens up nicely after it warms a while. Ron (4326) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Bottle I received from Ben and then shared with Ben, Erica and Dan. beautiful pour of an intensely black, thick liquid with a thick brownish tan head. Huge aroma of massive roastiness, molasses, peat, brandy and burnt sugar. Velvety intense flavors - burnt toast, molasses, coffee, chocolate, cherrywood. Long lasting burnt toast finish.