JB84 (652) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
Cask at Old Toad Rochester. Pour dark black thin tan head good lace. Aroma chocolate, coffee, big roast, cereal grain espresso, cocoa , and hints of booze. Taste warm, roasty, bakers chocolate, cocoa, espresso, strong coffee, cereal grain. MF full creamy smooth body. Awesome stuff happy to try it on cask. deyholla (12589) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a light brown heads that dissipates completely. Aroma is full of roasted malts and has some coffee notes with a hint of smoke as well. Flavor begins with roasted malts and is joined with coffee and bitter chocolate as well as a good amount of smoke. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bomber; thanks Dad! Pours black, opaque, with a 2-finger frothy dark brown head. A little lacing remains as the head recedes. Aromas of cocoa, slightly sweet roasted malt, alcohol, and mild nuttiness. The flavor is bitter roasted cocoa, vanilla, bitter alcohol, chocolate, and biscotti. Medium carbonation and dry, with a medium to full body. Good stuff; a nice, bitter imperial.  SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
poured from a bottle into a snifter
very dark brown almost black, a nice thin head forms, decent carbonation. a little lacing on the edges and some swirls of foam sit on top all the way down.
Smells of malt, dark roast, licquorice some fig and raisin and quite a bit of alcohol. smells decent enough, a little high on roast and alcohol
taste is extremely bitter roast, burnt, lots of alcohol. i dont’ really get much but this heavy bitterness and burnt/roasty flavor. dissapointing, wish it tasted more like it smelled
mouthfeel was a bit thin, has a little stickiness but its not thick/syrupy/creamy like most RIS’ are.
drinkability is almost drainpour. hard to finish. too much alcohol and bitter astringency.
i tried to pair this up with a raspberry mascarpone dessert i made and it was a failure, this beer is way too bitter for that. use it in place of coffee after hammering out a big piece of pie or rich chocolate cake.
will not get this beer again. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
I’ve gotten several bottles of this in trades so I’m not sure how old this bottle is.
Pours a solid black with a big fluffy tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of chocolate syrup, a bit of perfume, some brown sugar, carob powder, a touch of alcohol. Taste hits with chocolate syrup mixed with hops. The hops push their way through the middle battling with some alcohol and dried dark fruit and winning, only to succumb to the roasted malt finish. Very complex taste, it seems I picked up something new with every sip, very nice! Mouthfeel is oily and resinous, body is medium at best, carbonation is a bit high. Very nice complex tasting stout. Lower the carbonation and up the body and I’d drink this every day.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a snifter.
4.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of hybrid frothy/creamy head. Good retention and plentiful lacing.
4.0 S: A lot of roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, touch of blackstrap molasses, sweet caramel maltiness. Very nice.
4.0 T: Biggest flavor is a burntness, which I incidentally didn’t detect in the nose. Loads of roasted barley, black coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate. The sweetness in the nose does not manifest in the taste which is too bad, because I like a good battle between roasty and sweet in RISs.
3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive and further takes away from what isn’t very creamy to begin with. Other than that no problems.
4.0 D: Love the roastiness, but a bit too dry for me. Would prefer a thicker body as well. Still, a pretty good brew.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-23-2010 03:58:44 NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours black with a little head that lingers. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Nice full bodied mouthfeel that follows the nose. Ends with a sharp hops bitter with a little dryness. Alcohol is well hidden in this one. Not as robust as I would like it but pretty tasty none the less. Brandman (2964) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2010
Black body, tanned head. Some ash, liqourice and burnt malts in aroma. Way too dry and not in balance. It is ok, but something is missing. Ron (4262) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010
I got this from Da and Erica(my kids) for my B-day present. Wow, the foam on this kept coming after the pour was done. Stayed high and thick for a long time. Poured motor oil black. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate. Flavors of coffee, and sweet chocolate malt. Smooth drinking stout with great flavor. alexsdad06 (11232) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with an above average sized tan head. The aroma is dry roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate and an earthy quality. The flavor has more roasted dark malts and hints of coffee, but develops a dry bitterness that takes away from the other flavors, namely the sweetness. The chocolate in the nose can’t stand up to the growing bitterness. Medium plus bodied and good, but nothing that stands out as great.