CP (124) - USA - JAN 28, 2008
Had a bomber of this and liked it for a while. I soon became tired of it about halfway through as the flavor didn’t really develop. Definitely not a traditional oatmeal stout. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Pours jet black and thick, with a thin brown head that fades pretty quickly. Not a huge nose on this one. Roasty, dark malts and a bit of chocolate/coffee.
Tastes of chocolate up front, coffee on the finish. Toasty, roasty throughout.
Thickish but smooth. Nice carbonation. Great Imperial Stout, you might get sick of all that flavor after a while, but it’s good. gunnfryd (14899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is smoked, fruit, coffee, chocolate. Flavour is smoked, fruit, coffee, cacao, chocolate, hop. Very nice balanced beer in the upper class. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head. Superb aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt and toasted bread. Excellent flavor of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toasted bread and bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and moderate carbonation. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, light coffee, chocolate-bitter. Poured a swirling black with a nice dark tan cap. Flavor is nice meld of oatmeal, roasted malts and chocolate but more toward the oatmeal side. Palate is well matched, a tad on the hot side but well matched bitterness really absorbs it. Well done, I’m glad the Frog hopped to PA.
bassbuckeye (81) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Intense!!! Dark with tofee head. Taste roasted coffee and chocolate with some fruity and herbal tones. I could go on... yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle. Gosh, it looks good, with it’s black body without any carbonation, at least none visible, and a brown lid on top. Mocha, chocolate, a pleasant sweetness and some fruityness and some alochol as well as hops in the aroma. A lovely blend. The flavor doesn’t reach the same level of close-to-perfection, with it’s roastyness and alcohol, as well as bitterness, coffee and chocolate, but it’s damn good anyway. It has a warming touch from the alcohol, it’s full-bodied, and has a finish with the same fine flavors as it starts with. A wonderful, balanced beer leaving you with the desire for more. (071123) Thprovider (24) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
22 oz bottle from Rozi’s wine house in lakewood OH. Pours a rich, thick black with a small chocolate brown head. Great aroma of espresso, toffee, dark chocolate and complex mid palate with a bit of fruit. Finish is bitter and gets better as it warms up. All in all, a great value for the an Imperial stout, I will definitely be getting more of this. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2008
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with DeuceDeuceOU. Pours a dense black with a luscious, bubbly chocolate brown head. Gorgeous looking brew. The aroma is outstanding with lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and prunes. The flavor is also very good, but not quite as complex as the aroma with plenty of roasted malt, but less coffee and chocolate, and no prune flavor or any other dark fruits. As the beer warms, a light tobacco flavor emerges. Luscious and full-bodied with a silky, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent! Ernest (7698) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, blackberry, light note of smoke.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
A bit boozy and ordinary, but solid and clean overall. Nice aroma and good flavor balance for the style. Not exciting or unique, but you could do a lot worse in this all-too-overrated genre. Wins mainly by playing it safe.