Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Thanks to Nathan for the bomber! Poured highly-viscous inky black with an easily-resuscitated cap of garnet-tinted brown head. The aroma picked up roasted baker’s chocolate, coffee, and smoked molasses, accented by vanilla and toasty oak.. warmth brought out cherry vinegar and lactic notes.. quite intriguing. The flavor showcased more of the sourness in the form of cherry dust, vinegar, milky notes, and oak, and it really worked well.. sweeter chocolates, molassess, anise, and coffee malts at the core, basically in that order of prevalence..sour finish was well-balanced against the malts and was certainly memorable. Heavier-bodied with ideal low-to-moderate bitterness on the palate.. the sourness actually made it near-refreshing.. the booze factor was nowhere to be found until well after the drink. This was excellent. cheap (5858) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Doughy aroma. Big black thick viscous gentle pour like used 60w HD shovelhead oil. Looks delicious and appetizing, not much if any dark tan heead around the inside edge of the glass. First taste is creamy dark thick milk stout, no hint of the 12% that lurks within, covers the alky flavors well with complexities. Tho bitter, the smedium bitterness is part of the flavors instead of overiding. Nice thin lacing as I tilt the glass. Coffee, chocolate dark, some lactose, I swear. Very good tingly between the gums and tongue carbonation and its welcomed. Finish is a mild to medium remunder of ruder impy stouts, it has good manners. Overall good imp stout experience for a change. Lasting charred wood in mouth linger for many minutes after the session, but acceptable. Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to ewestern. Better than I expected with a pretty damn good flavor. Completely black in color, lack of a strong aroma, but flavor is solid. Has the usual stout flavors of chocolate, coffee, and sweet malts, but also a little tart and fruity. I like it and look forward to rating it again. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Opaque dark brown body with a lasting medium brown head and a few spots of lace here and there. Licorice, burnt toast and nutmeg are first noticed in the aroma. As I delve deeper I pick up some oddities such as cinnamon and vinegar. Definitely out of the ordinary, but the aromas work together. Light bodied for an impy, drinks down as easy as you want it to. Rubbery aftertaste provides a very noticed and detracting flaw. Flavor mirrors the aroma, but some mild chocolate and roasted malt flavors come forward. Plenty of black licorice and some star anise to add to the spices. Really an odd brew, I’ll be thinking about this one for a while. Would revisit again, but preferably on tap or at a local festival. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(22oz bomber, thanks to bu11zeye) Pours opaque black with dark tan head. Nose is smoky, bacon, cherry, spicy cinnamon. Taste is almost chewy with the spicy cinnamon and burnt toast becoming evident. The over carbonation dances on the tongue. Head retains well, but the palette stays too long.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Is that vinegar and black olives I smell? Why yes, and it is fabulous. Lots of guts in the this beer. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Aroma of black olive and balsamic vinegar. Tastes like the same. A bit thin and acidic. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2009
22. Thanks, Riverside! Pours black with slight rubied highlights. Headless. Laceless. Smoky, roasty nose. Creamy, biggish body. Roasty dark earthy mid-palate. Some odd baking/roasting spice notes in there that are very tough to place. Longish roasty finish. Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Enjoyed at the brewpub in a nonic glass. The beer pours a jet black, with a tan head. A nitrogentated tap allows for a splendid level of smoothness. Creamy caramel notes come through in the nose and palate. The flavors are surprisingly refined and subtle, given the beer high alcohol level. the finish is medium-dry. A bit more body would have been welcome, but overall, a well-crafted beer. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a tan head. aroma of cinnamon and dark roast. flavor was cinnamon, burnt paper, and ginger. light body with high carbonation. interesting but i found it very good.