fiulijn (21558) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2016 ghawener (1615) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - AUG 21, 2009
2016-02-19, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Black color with brown creamy head. Mild aroma of roasted nuts. Robust flavor of roasted nuts, some rye bread, light tobacco and vanilla, nice alcohol warmth; good body strength, moderately sweet, and a bit over carbonated. Also, a bit too much acidity from the roasted malts.
2012-10-16, draught at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Pitch black color with creamy head. The aroma of roasted malt is mild, and has some cheesy yeast too. Good body strength, rich chocolate flavor, strong bitterness. Very good one.
2009-06-12, bottle, blind tasting at Papsø’s, 6-3-8-4-15=36
Black color; medium creamy head. Roasted malt aroma, strangely metallic. Good body, strong roasted malt flavor but supported by some sweetness, still overall the flavor is dry; it has some roasted nuts too; it gets rounder and sweeter later. Quite good but not impressive.
Bottle: Drank with casta, sealed the first craft brew deal. This brew is oily, heavy, soupy, full of flavor and aroma. Easy to drink but potent; a full meal. Food Pairing: El Unico from Buffalo Wings. mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Aroma: Dark roast grains, pecans.
Appearance: Dark brown to black, 1 finger light brown head.
Flavor: Sweet dark malt with molasses and caramel, followed by a quenching strong bitterness that lingers slightly.
Palate: Nice lively carbonation
Overall: Enjoyable. stantheman (1133) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 Right up there with the really good stouts. Thick medium brown head. Coffee and chocolate notes that are probably just very well roasted barley. Nice finish. Very pleasant overall.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
April 18, 2015 on tap at John B Pub in Coquitlam. Still a great impy stout. I don’t have an Old Rasputin available at the moment for a side by side comparison, but I doubt it is the equal of that venerable brew. Damn good, though!
pitch black with tan head. crystal malt to the nose with earthy hops notes. very thick mouthfeel though with a decent carbonaion. moderate hop bitterness before a lot of earthy english hop notes before a crystal malt note with a little chocolate and a little roasted malt. some residual sweetness, but not overwhelming, wtih some yeasty esters. an interesting stout, not a commonly made version, being an english-style stout, it almost tastes like an enlarged brown porter. the hops provide some depth, but overall are somewhat distracting for the style, they greatly overtake the malt. an enjoyable and interestng version
phaleslu (11059) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines, 2009 vintage. Pours an oily, opaque dark brown with a finger-thick tan head that leaves a little film and a ring around the glass’ inner edge. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts, coffee, milk chocolate candy, cream, and caramel. A little smoked wood rounds it out. The flavor disappoints, though, with some metallic, dirt, wet ash, and rust notes that detract from the chocolate and coffee base. Medium-full bodied, with a gritty mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Would be a lot better with a smoother mouthfeel and without those unwelcome notes murkying the flavor. Still good, but not as good as advertised. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
2008 vintage sampled in May 2010. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate and smoke. The flavor is pretty heavy on the chocolate with some roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a little too thin for me and is a tad bit watery. Medium carbonation. Ron (4322) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Bottle. Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasty, caramel, vanilla with a good punch of coffee and chocolate. Rich malty and roast flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Borresteijn (7690) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2010
66cl Bottle at UDRBM. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of vodka, hard roasted malts, sherry, chocolate. Flavour is plain chocolate, earthy liquorice root, hard roasted malts, light sherry like alcohol, hard roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied. harrisoni (19854) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Black, thick beige head. Sour stout aorma. Good espresso flavour and slightly harsh choc on the swallow. Some sour. But good sweetness too. Bizarre.