phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2017 Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 Blind RIS experiment [Sample 12 of 20, 4/27/2015]
Poured by Summer. Normal dark brown, good clarity, small ring of tan head that sticks around; minimal lacing. First pass at the aroma is pleasing chocolate - very much on the chocolatey side. But I’m not willing to accept one adjective, so I just keep on sniffing and sniffing. Given enough time, I can add light roast and an alcohol bite. Mellow nose I guess. Fuck it, time for me to put this in my mouth. Taste brings more bitter roast coffee than expected. Lightly sweet chocolate (think: bakers chocolate spiked with the smallest dash of caramel). Palate: Medium body, chalky texture that verges on being a little too thin; average carbonation. Lasting finish is chalky, dry, roasty bitter with just enough sweetness to remain tolerable, but not enough to make it all that pleasurable. Overall: I had high hopes when I first smelled this, but by the end it goes into the "meh" pile.
Guess: Not Ten Fiddy, not Mikkeller, not Raspy, not Evil Twin, Not Expy. Not Storm King. Probably not Narwhal. So I guess one of the others.
Would pay: not much. A tad too boring to want to repeat, even though there’s nothing exactly "wrong" with it.
(3/19/2013) Draft at Fremont.
Appearance: Jet black, tan foamy head.
Aroma: Sweet, milky, chocolate and roast.
Taste: Chocolate, sweet with some roasted bitterness but for the most part the sweetness comes through.
Palate: Extremely smooth and creamy, chewy. Soft carb, fully body.
Overall: I’ve had this several times. It’s solid and tasty, but never really leaves much of an impression on me.
12 oz. can from poisoneddwarf - thanks again! Pours an opaque, deep, dark, basically black color with a finger of tan head that settles into a film and ring, leaving trailing lace in the glass. Notes of roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt sugars, tobacco, earth, and a bit of ash. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, roasty, earthy, barely sweet mouthfeel. Nice sipping imperial stout. mbgrayson (774) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 25, 2017
Pours a very dark brown, with tan head. Aroma of malt and oatmeal. Taste is rich, deep, and smooth. This is a fine example of an imperial oatmeal stout. Thumbs up! jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2017
Draft at growler guys. Dark brown pour with a creamy tan cap. Roast and sweet aroma, a little smoke. Very creamy mouthfeel , flavor of roast and sweet oatmeal stout. Bittersweet dark chocolate. Lingering toasty flavor. GTAEgeek (2218) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2017
On tap at First Draft. Pitch black, with a medium, beige, creamy head. The aroma is burnt toast, sorghum, rye, molasses, and spruce. Sweet and roasted, with a sharp, almost unpleasant bitterness. Heavy body, very sticky, sharp, chewy, and thick. This is overly roasted for my tastes, and it comes off as dank or off. Still, a solid stout. kathouse (1893) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - APR 8, 2017
Very deep brown with a minimal tan foam. Flavor of this one is deep bitter chocolate and smoke. Body is good and the finish is dark and dry.
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2017
Bottle @ RateBeer Best 2017 Bottle Share. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate caramel finish. Fatehunter (2567) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body.
Aroma is rich chocolate, with a licorice top, roasted malt, a little burnt blended in.
Taste is a wonderful play of roasted malt, coffee, pine bitter and chocolate.
Texture is super smooth.
Superb. JStax (6504) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2017
12 ounce can poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a thick black with a khaki head of foam. Good head retention. The aroma has notes of molasses and rich toffee. Subtle smoke, and a bit of roast peak through upon sipping. Sweet yet roasty. Thick mouthfeel. Big body and medium carbonation. douglas88 (9188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Somehow I have not rated the regular version. Bomber at ABV. Pours a pitch black color with a medium beige head. Big coffee and roast aromas. Rich but very smooth, sweet coffee, some vanilla, nutty, solid dark roasted malts, anise. Good. IndianaRed (4627) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2017
can, deep dark black, dark tan dense head. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Smooth slick palate. Lingering roast bitter bite. very good.