Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2012
On tap at Drake’s Barrel House pouring up very dark with mocha head and leaving behind a full sheet of lacing. The aroma offers up chocolate, dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a faint bacon sense that might only be my imagination conjuring up a bit of smokiness. The taste delivers bold dark roasted malts, sweet malts, some black strap molasses and then flowing into a mix of dark roasted coffee and burnt malts. Into the finish the modest ABV influence causes it to warm a tad and then there might be slivers of smoky bacon noticed from time to time. This is a really bold roasty brew where I’m struggling to find some influence from smoked malts. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Sampled at the Drake’s Barrel House on 2/18/2012 and at Beer Revolution on 2/4/12 (as Scorched Earth). This Imperial Stout pours am eclipse black color from the tap. Medium sized tan foamy head with decent lacing and nice retention. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, smoky and roasty. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, smoky and roasty. The hops are earthy and herbal. Lots of burnt/roasty malt with mild smoke. Decent carbonation. The smoke works well with the roasty malts. Mouthfeel s full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
On tap at Beer Revolution as Moscow’s Burning. My GF preferred this over Dire Straits (beer and probably the band). Pours with a black hued body with a small brown head. Minimal lacing in the snifter. Aromas are quite smokey, chocolate, dry, roast, bready, coffee, jerky and roast. Flavors are ashy, boozy, cigarette, campfire, alcohol, chocolate, leather, roast. Long duration. Thinner body sadly, boozy, medium bubbles. Drinkable for the intensity. 12 oz was more than perfect. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
On tap at the Beer Revolution Anniversary. Pours a very dark brown with a small light chocolate head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is smoky meat, some chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste follows with smoked meat, light chocolate, and roastiness. The finish has a bit of bitterness and is quite smoky. Quite dry overall. Light bodied for an imperial stout with low carbonation. Overall, this was quite an enjoyable beer.