Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2010
12 oz bottle served in a snifter produced a two finger tan head that trailed of to nothing. The body of the brew was black as night.
I got some strange aroma I couldn’t put my finger on when this brew was cold. But as it warmed that subsided and I got some nice sweet molasses. The flavor was mostly roasted malts with a touch of molasses sweetness and some licorice. The feel in my mouth was medium to full with light carbonation.
The 12 oz bottle was easy to finish and the 11.5% alcohol really didn’t show in the flavor or the aroma so it drank well. A good stout I drink it again
bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
12 ounce bottle, says 11.5% ABV on the label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with a half inch brown head what went away quickly. There’s also a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and some licorice. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. There’s also some dark fruit and charred malt noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick and coating, and also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it’s smooth and goes down easy. Also, the high ABV isn’t noticable in the aroma or taste at all. Overall I think this is a good enough brew. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle from my want’s list thanks to St. Fun. Fun indeed! Thick, syrupy pour with a huge, creamy dark brown head. Completely, inky black body. Aroma of chocolate, earth, bananas, calvados/apple brandy, toffee. Taste is a bit odd, cocoa powder, cola, smoke, apple brandy (up front), burnt brown sugar. A lot going on, but not all of it is nice nor harmonious. Syrupy mouthfeel, alcohol is well hidden though. Odd beer. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours midnight black, as thick as mud, with a dark mocha, thin head. Aroma of butterscotch, chocolate, caramelized butter, with a slight earthy undertone. Insanely thick and buttery mouthfeel. Very light carb. Very sweet rich molasses flavor with a great bitter chocolate finish. Good pairing with some nice 80% cacao. Overall, not too complex flavor, but ABV is hidden very well and this is quite drinkable. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
12oz bottle, labeled 11.5% ABV, courtesy of ogglethorp, poured into a tulip.
This is a really gorgeous looking beer. It’s pitch black, like an oil slick, with absolutely no light passing through. There’s a huge mocha head that shows good retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing down the side.
The aroma is fairly distant and is mostly dark roasted malts with lots of bitter chocolate and hints of licorice.
The taste is interesting for an impy stout. It’s got the big roasted malt backbone with some coffee and chocolate thrown in. But the taste seems very watered down and the licorice is still in there as well.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very thick with decent carbonation. It’s dry and roasty in the finish.
This beer certainly looks the part of a world-class stout but the taste doesn’t quite live up to the look. It’s a bit watery and the taste it does have is fairly one dimensional - roasted black malts.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours black and oily giving up a brief brown haze. Nose is grape, licorice, alcohol and coffee. Silky, almost full body with a tingle. Some stickiness around the lips. Taste is chocolate, plum preserves, blueberry and espresso. Finishes with bitter grass and peanut. Strange one. jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2009
12 oz bottle that I bought for $1.69 at Palmers in Clintonville, OH. Pours a very thick dark black and has one of the tannest heads I’ve seen. The smell is very dark, lots of dark chocolate, coffee, and fruit. The taste is incredibly thick and rich, lots of chocolate, roasted coffee, sweet malt, and faint dark fruit. Extremely easy to drink, as there is very little alcohol presence. Very smooth and creamy body, vanilla cream mouthfeel, and deep rich chocolate, coffe bittersweetnes. AWESOME beer. ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Black beer with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Raisins and chocolate hit the nose, but the aroma seems faint to me. Dark fruit flavors, I can’t quite pick it out, not plums or figs, but close. Chocolate and a hint of coffee. Warms nicely. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. I feel bad because I know i sent a few of the bombers out in trades before but hopefully i just got a bad bottle or something. Aroma doesnt smell that bad at all but the flavor and palate were pretty bad. I really could not stomach it all. It tastes like one of my homebrews but from the bottom of the carboy with some sludge and protein left in it. I really wanted to like this one. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours extremely black with a dark brown, well retained head. Excellent aroma. Deep chocolate notes, chocolate cake, vanilla, fruitiness, coffee and cherry. Just a really nice nose. Flavor is toasty, chocolate milk, slightly burnt, molasses. Creamy though a bit on the thin side. Pretty damn good actually. This was a surprise. Pretty underrated in my opinion.