DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2008
22 oz. bottle on 10/27/2008. Pours out a thick, opaque black, producing a slowly building , large, creamy tan head and abundant sheeting lace. Espresso and dark chocolate dominate the aroma, with some underlying notes of vanilla and spice. Full body with medium carbonation, creamy and smooth mouthfeel, and wonderfully rich. Excellent depth of flavor with treacle sweetness, roasted malt flavors lend balance, and a very soft spicy bitterness at the finish. This is a top drawer stout, not surprising from this brewer, who rarely disappoints. Skyview (5942) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled from 22-oz bomber and shared during Surly D-Day. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a light tan head that slowly dissipates to a tan ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla and some oak. Taste is full bodied, light carbonation, with flavors of dark chocolate, toasted dark malt, some light vanilla, with some light citrus zest. Finish has a mild metallic texture from the extra alcohol with a nice chocolate aftertaste that slowly disappears. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 #995 22 oz bottle from BevMo: The color is the darkest of browns with a generous light brown cocoa froth head. Dark chocolate, coffee, malted milk nose. Flavor starts rich dark chocolate and coffee with a dry coffee bitter finish and a bitter dark chccolate aftertaste. Full body is rich and creamy with lively carbonation. How is this not an Imperial stout? Rather Rasputin like. Skinnyviking (9550) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Draught. High creamy and lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Mild coffee choccolate aroma. Powerfull coffee choccolate flavor with a touch of oak. Low carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste. joergen (27984) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008.
Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Roasted aroma of bourbon, vanilla and coffee.
Roasted flavour of bourbon, oak and vanilla.
Suttree (6361) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2008 Pours black, thick brown head. Nice ’’souty’’ aroma - chocolate, coffee, etc. Very rich flavor, very smooth. Subtle dark chocolate mix with coffee and a touch of dryness in the finish. Probably a bit more than the some of it’s parts - no one component stands out, but solid as a whole. LilBeerDoctor (3904) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a luscious thick brown head the color of a chocolate milkshake. Aroma of rich sweet malt, roast, and coffee. Flavor of nice coffee and roast with some wheaty, bitter hops in the finish. Nice stout, approaching an imperial stout with iits strong mouthfeel. Rich, not particularly flavorful, but still a good drink. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of bitter coffee grinds, cocoa, sweet alcohol. Flavor has some dried fruit notes with heaps of chocolate, and bitterness mingling nicely with these sweeter aspects, though the sweeter side wins out at the finish. Full bodied. Nice one, albeit not mindblowing. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Dark brown/Black, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, little dark fruits, little alcohol, little nutty, dry. DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2008
Aroma of rich coffee and dark chocolate, darkest brown, pours a slight toffee head. Flavour is a full roasted malt, dark chocolate too. Full bodied, bitter as hell. Fabulous! Thanks Torontoblue.