SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
A-Body appears thick, viscous, and black, but some ruby red shines through when held up to the light. Pours with a small fizzy creme brulee colored head that fades pretty quickly into a thin collar.
S- Nose is very interesting, quite complex, and balance. Able to pick up alcohol, a good dose of herbal hops, some grassy hops, herbal tea, a hint of chocolate, and anise.
T- Upfront is a bit of sweetness with chocolate, sugar, and a hint of vanilla. A hefty roasted malt backbone backs it up. The flavors remain pretty consistent for the finish-but herbal hops rush in as well as alcohol astringency and heat.
P- Medium to heavy syrupy body with low carbonation.
O- This is a very good hoppy, well balanced stout overall. I love to have a good, hoppy stout. Good balance overall but at this point the hops are only slightly faded but its still pretty boozy leaving the question- to age or not to age?
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-24-2010 20:16:51 MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle thanks to beerad666 (BA)!cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Sepia with a cream ring for a head. Black ipa-esque nose despite a 2/19/10 bottle date. This is due to the heavy citrus quality, but then some faint malt couples to create a sweeter, richer experience, like orange marmalade. With warmth the nose grows a tea note, less citrus. Flavor is more balanced than the nose, light hop but heavy roasted malt and chocolate with faint alcohol, all blending nicely into one beer. The sticky body highlights the taste’s sweetness, and it does become a bit much, but the balance that emerges with warmth, particularly in the flavor, is definitely appreciated. Definitely unique in the use of hops, I appreciated the flavor most for its unique balance among imperial stouts.
A-pours a black liquid with a thinner tan colored head, no lace or retention.
S-the nose is pretty much all hops, there is a hit of roasted malt and dark chocolate up front but very faint, floral citrussy hops take over and dominate.
T-the taste is more towards a stout. roasted malts with notes of bitter chocolate, a good bit of molasses and anise. the back adds those floral and citrusy hops with a touch of bitterness but no where near as strong as the nose.
M-very smooth on the palate, full bodied and syrupy. slightly dry in the back with a low amount of carbonation.
D-the nose was so hoppy but the taste is much more balanced. great hop profile in the back to balance a nice amount of roasted malts. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Dark brown to black in color, very dark look, with a light tan decent head. The smell is malts, dark roasty, alcohol, some pine, and good. The taste is alcohol, pine, roasty, malts, and good. jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2010
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a very small head. Aroma strong of hops, roasted malts, and coffee. Initially you taste malts, with hints of chocolate and coffee. But then the hops dominates the finish, and it is a huge contrast to what you would expect from a stout. This is the hoppiest stout I’ve tasted, and although the combination isn’t perfect, it works really well.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2010
dark black pour with a medium tan head.
aroma definitely presents some woody hop. chocolate, some darkish red wine tones.
flavour has roasted malt chocolate, toffee/molasses, strong (for me) licorice, vanilla cream. woody bitterness to the finish.
Very interesting. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
This poured a pitch black color with a medium beige head. Aroma was alcohol, medium to dark chocolate, and lighter hops notes. Flavor was a good amount of alcohol, lots of deeply roasted malts, some chocolate, and the dry hopping is there, but not as much as I was hoping for. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle pours thick black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet and light with lots of sweet chocolate and coffee with dark red fruit. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Pours pitch black with a fully receding mocha head. Notes of intense chocolate, hop resins, grapefruit, roast, red wine, licorice, pepper, vanilla and cola. Full to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Very nice and quite hoppy. I enjoyed this one fresh, but I’m sure it will be even better in a few months. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Rating #1500! 22 oz bottle. I’ve had this on tap and in the bottle and for some reason this tastes a little better out of the bottle. Pours a thick black with a medium sized creamy beige head that laces into spots. That aroma is all roast, that bourbon county stout base, and hops. There’s a rich chocolate malty aroma there that’s sweet and undeniably (if you look close enough) that bourbon county stout base. Full creamy body. Sweet chocolate and malt is balanced with those bitter hops and roast. Strong citrus/floral bitterness from that massive amount of hops makes this great. My only real complaint is as it warms and oxidizes in my glass that sweetness starts to take foot. But overall a superb beer. Maybe the best variation of BCS. Excellent