DragonStout (1416) - 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 (2850) - 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 (1492) - 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. Suttree (6392) - 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 (1826) - 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 (5878) - Denver, 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. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 2008 12oz Bottle. An imperial stout fermented with Belgian yeast and made with Pomegranate juice from Florida, eh?
A filtered pour produces a dark black-brown oil, with a bright ruby corner and swirling head in chestnut heartwood. Noses tends classically to a standard Imperial Stout malt profile, touched with a kiss of red fruit. A touch of cigar and some salt. Flavor is surprisingly well-integrated and un-confused. I’m surprised at how well the juice works. It weaves in with the tannic grain qualities and some of the natural malt sugar tanginess. Balance this with a good roast character and a well-integrated alcohol level and this isn’t a bad beer, really. Certainly straying from the typical form, but maintaining quality and character. Finishes on a wooden dryness over a bit of aril pith. Nice. Thanks Dave! slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Bottle. Aroma is roasty with chocolate acidity. Black with a bubbly thin brown head. Good thickness with chocolate and coffee, very light on pomegranate. Smoky/roasty finish. Sharp palate but with a decent thickness.
2008 Vintage (rated 12/2010). Nose is mellow chocolate and coffee with soft fruit notes and smoke. Pitch black with no head. Flavor is well-married chocolate and pomegranate with a roasted coffee finish. Nicely balanced, soft and silky in the mouth. Highly recommended for aging.
Numerical rating applies to fresh bottle with 3 points added to overall for aging potential. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Deep chocolate aroma with a nice full mouthfeel. The finish and late palate really give that sweet pommegranite. Great balance all thorugh. Had it at the Tampa Beer Festival. ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
I really like this beer. Not quite sure what it is. The aroma smells like one of those quarter whiskey barrels you can buy at the hardware store, but the taste, the taste is exceptional. A really, really good beer.