hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2011 dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
caramel, nuts, butterscotch, brown, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, coconut, not disgusting but not apealing to me, light body, oily feel, 15 degrees today, would rate higher summer time.
Draft… Tar black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. So-so retention. The aroma is a melange of chocolate, sorghum molasses, espresso, licorice and a trace of acetaldehyde. Full-bodied and mildly silken with busy carbonation. The acrid flavor furnishes tons of singed malt and scorched coffee, but not as much chocolate as hinted at by the aroma. The alcohol component is a bit aggressive. Finishes burnt and boozy with an unwelcome suggestion of acetaldehyde - but certainly not enough to ruin the overall drinking experience. If I’d walked in a week later and ordered a snifter of this, the acetaldehyde probably would have not been present. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
growler courtesy of mike... Pours a deeper shade of stouty black coloration with less intense edges and topped with a thin to medium creamy light beige head... Aroma is a bit yeasty with moderate chocolate notes. Somewhat boozy and phenolic... Flavors follow suit with cocoa, Belgian yeast, and chocolate. Smooth but a touch boozy even with the light fluffy mouthfeel. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
On tap at brewpub
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
A slightly better alternative to the beefed up Bean Me Up I think the success of this beer is that it was planned to be big from the start. Instead of trying to amp up an existing recipe the brewers started with 9% or 10% in mind. As a result this one stands up to other local releases such as the Brew Kettle’s Tungaska quite well.
Aroma / Appearance - The murky black body swirls mysteriously around the glass with occasional signs of carbonation popping up from time to time. The tan head is what you would expect for an imperial stout. Chocolate, anise, malt, and trace amounts of vanilla sparkle. Chewy like a truffle the difference here is far less coffee than the Imperial Bean Me Up.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy vanilla, chocolate, and malt feel like drinking a thick Oreo shake spiked with alcohol. The oatmeal transition leaves a refreshing amount of warmth on the palate. Without being cloying or suffocating this beer leaves it mark. However even for 10% it is far less aggressive than some of its kin. Pace yourself well and you will still have room for another pint even after a full pour.
Sample at the brewpub on 8/29/11. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Chocolate, vanilla and roast in the nose along with banana-ish Belgian esters. Banana and chocolate flavor with some vanilla before a roasty finish.