johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle says 2008 on it, consumed May 2010. Received in trade from KarrHeel03, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black color with just the faintest of garnet highlights when held to the light. Tightly bubbled khaki head recedes slowly into the abyss. Smells of sweet perfume and chocolate and tart dark fruits, a little smoke and a hint of wet dog. Really a lot going on here. Taste is is kind of what I expected based on the aroma. Starts off with some tart fruits. I imagine pomegranate, raisins, plums, tart cherries dipped in chocolate. This melts into a bit of roasted grains, and leaves a roasted coffee chocolate finish. Medium to thick body, medium level of carbonation, creamy syrupy mouthfeel. This one is definitely different, but I think it works pretty well. The darker roasts seem homogenized perfectly with dark fruits. I wonder what this is like fresh. tgncc (3144) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Via trade with Dchmela. The aroma is like pomegranates covered in dark chocolate, roasty, fruity, nice. The appearance is deep black, tan head. The flavor is pomegranate, dark ripe fruit, dark chocolate. Medium to medium/thick in body. The finish is piney and citrus hops. Very little Belgian yeast signature. Very nice. Thanks, Dave. Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Deep malty richness with dark fruity subtle notes. This is a sipper. Thick black with huge cocoa head, truly beautiful in the glass. Booze in the nose. Very enjoyable. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Thanx to Bob gordash for sharing this at Redlight.Pours a gloomy black color with a small khaki head.The nose has chocolate all over it.the flavor was definately interesting. At 1st the chocolate slams into you and after that its little brother, the pommegrante comes by and kicks you some more.Well balanced beer, getting all the flavors intended.Also there was some vinous grape notes, wine like here.The finish had some tanginess to it.Well done. PhillyBeer2112 (2919) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Ditto to Dragonstout, thanks to Bob for sharing his brand new beer. A strong Belgian style stout of sorts. Neat stuff. Nearly opaque black, light creamy head. Nice aroma with mild roast and a frruity funky Belgian carnival. Chocolate, meaty roasted plums (what?), chocolate covered cherries but thats probably the pomegranate. Lightly vinous. Clean chocolate and roast flavors with pom in the background. Pretty well built, almost a dessert beer. A touch of acrid husky dark gains in the finish. Plenty of complexity here, really nice.
juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Thanks to Bob Gordash, the brewer, for sharing this up at Redlight. This one poured a deep black color with a thin tan colored head that elft spotty lacing around the glass. The aroma is very interesting on this one with a lot of chocolate and a touch of roasted malts on the nose. Another whiff of the beer brings out some belgian yeast characters and a hint of the pomegranate. The flavor follows suit with the dark and milk chocolate flavors rushing forward with a small amount of roastiness and then promptly followed by fresh pomegranate. The pomegranate and chocolate came together beautifully and with great balance between the two. The mouthfeel was medium bodied that was almost creamy with some vinous quality to it. The finish was chocolate covered pomegranate with a touch of hops in there. This was really nicely done, and I am glad I got to try this. I can’t wait until he bottles this in April. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2008
draft @ redlight redlight. Its officially in, and on draft! Chocolatey malts and dark fruits come off the nose, blueberries, black raspberries, roasty aromas. Pours dark dark brown, black, with purplish reddish tints on the outside when held to the light, with a thin tan head. Good chocolate malt flavors, roasted malts, dark fruit, pomegranate, a lot of hop flavor coming through too, seems pretty hoppy, with a carmalelly dry finish. Very good! Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Nice surprise here. I didn’t really like the regular Holy Mackeral Golden, so I suppose I didn’t think would be very good, either. Plus, "Belgian style stout with pomegranate" seems to be a nice way of saying "Trainwreck". Well, this was really good - the stout-y flavors are there, but the pomegranate seems to play off the natural fruit notes that would be there anyway. Coffee notes mix well with fruity notes, and some subtle red wine notes brighten up the finish. Really nice, I hope to see this in bottles. At the Raleigh WBF. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2008
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House on 6/21/08. Pours a dark black color with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet, dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, brandy, and wood. Flavor is very much the same: chocolate, toffee, malt, candy sugar, coffee. Sweet coffee finish. Nice imperial stout. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Thanks to mcbackus for this one - pitch black pour with a thin ring of tan lace - the aroma is an interesting mix of tart, earthy pomegranate, roasted malt, chocolate, and very light oak - smooth, creamy mouthfeel - the flavor is much like the aroma - tart, almost sour up front, with earthy fruit skins (cherry, raspberry) - coffee bitterness follows, and then some vanilla sweetness, burnt sugars, tobacco - tartness and a touch of wood in the finish - the alcohol is completely masked - a unique and tasty brew.