hallinghansen (3411) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2012
Trade from ?, sorry about that. Pours black with a medium light brown head. Aroma is hops, coffee, fruit, Flavor is chocolate, lots of hops, roasted malt, fresh coffee beans. bitter fruit. Quite interesting. hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
I got this at the Sushi Bar in McCall, Idaho. It poured a used motor oil black and thickness and raised a big dark tan head and left very thick lacing rings behind. The nose is heavily roasted malts with coffee, smoke and pine and citrus hops in abundance. The mouthfeel is bold and the body is very full and rich. The flavor is simply potent, a big rush of burnt malts and lots of hops. The high alcohol is well hidden, always a plus, and the bitter finish keeps you enjoying this to the last drop A simply superb brew Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours jet black and viscous with a nice light brown head. Aroma is resiny hops and a bittered chocolate. Taste is really roasty and ashy which i love. The hop presence is huge but the beer is huge enough to handle it. Loved it. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Beer #1100, Bomber thanks to Suzy bottoms, huge piney aroma, roasted Malts, some Danish Malts in there. Delicious roasty hoppy flavors. A huge win. jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with coffee brown head. Nose/taste of Dutch cocoa, hops, black licorice, vanilla and chocolate malt. Dryish chocolate resinous pine finish. Medium body.
MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Distinctive hop, malt, and smoke aroma from the neck. Pours very dark with superb finely bubbled tan/brown head. This is a really long-lasting thick head, clinging to the glass. I always get excited when I see this! No light passing through this one...Aroma of pine & hops. I also get kinda of a faint green olive aroma as well. 5 Minutes later, still a 1/2" head on it. Tastes of burnt smoked grain. Almost in the genre of Alaskan Smoked Porter, but with a lot more bitter hops. BUT, the hops are not over-powering. Whew! When I see 100 IBUs on a stout, I get a bit worried. Pleasantly surprised that this beer is fairly well balanced and I would assume it will age very nicely. Medium to full bodied, rich in flavor with a lingering hop bitterness. There are the usual notes of chocolate, coffee, and salt, but the most present flavor is the charred malt & hops. Tasted @ 58F from the bottle. mbgrayson (799) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Pours blackish brown, opaque, with tan head. Rich aroma of chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste is the same only hoppier, and richer. Not a bad twist on imperial stout. Thumbs up. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle from Grape Expectations, Anchorage. Shared with badnewsbeers. Opaque brown-black body, thick puffy tan to light brown head. Inky nose with roasted malts, coffee, plum, and chocolate, balanced by bitter, piny hops and charred sugars. Dry, charred body with coffee beans, bitter roast, and piny, harsh bitter hops. Persistent bitter hoppy finish. Light plumminess and soy also present, but the beer is predominantly hoppy and bitter. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to BlackSwan) near black pour with no light passing through and a ring of deep tan bubbles. Nose of dark chocolate, olive, salty, and hoppy. Taste is very hoppy, bitter, cocoa, candied hops, thick creamy body with an herbal finish. Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
Nicely done RIS, gotten in trade. Black hough not thick it is very smooth. Dry more like an imperial Irish stout, but with good bitter finish. Ageing did this wonders. A nice measure of chocolate, little coffee. Balance towards bitter, almost too bitter, very little malt of taste.