dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
OTown Throwdown tasting. Brownish black pour with a small tan head. Chocolate malt, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Thick chocolate malt, roasted grain taste, very smooth. Really good. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours pitch black, with a small, light brown head. Smells of thick, rich, roasty malts, chocolate and caramel notes, and raisins. The flavor is very sweet, with quite an alcohol presence linked to it. Lots of thick molasses and syrupy malts join forces with the powerful chocolate, to give this beer a very thick consistency and rich mouthfeel. This was much better than I had hoped for from this brewery. Very nice brew. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle. Dark, opaque pour with a thin tan head. Coffee, chocolate, hops, banana in the nose. Sweet smelling. Bitter hoppiness, round finish. Acrid smokiness and fairly tannic. Minimally boozy but warming in the chest. Sweet again. Tasty but not well balanced. Silky but oily palate. joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
dark brown pour coffee alchohol caramel and vanilla aroma.
roast, molasses, licorice vanilla coffee in the flavor everything comes thru nicely in this brew nicely done PhillyBeer2112 (2924) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Throwdown. I like this alot. Smooth malty and with alot of roast and sweet caramel chocolates. Full bodied. Luscious is a good word here. Dark brown/black color.
Sammy (13013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
At Mondiale 2008. Dark wth crowning bubbly head. Lots of small bubbles. Some roast and coffee, a bit drying. The taste is a cross between a roasted stout and a dry Irish stout. Licorice is significant. Medium plus mouthfeel, a bit creamy. A sipper, good ingrediants but not very drinkable. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason! Pours a dark, slightly oily chocolate-brown color; medium-tan head with patchy lacing. Chewy milk chocolate, nougats, and roasted malts in the aroma; chewy, soft, chocolate-forward stuff. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, and lots of charred / slightly burnt malts; not terribly astringent, mostly chocolate and nougat; just not really worth the alcohol. Medium finish: chocolate, roast, and some nuttiness. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2008
(22oz bottle, thanks jasonp) Minimal tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee/roast, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, alcohol, some chocolate, earthy/grapefruit. Sticky, medium-full body. Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Bière #17 au Mondial 08 (29/5/08), bouteille. Brune brulée, très peu de collet. Arome de chocolat malté, un peu de café mocha sucré. Goût de choco-café sucré, une touche de caramel, bien malté. tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2008
I keep swearing I will not give New Holland another chance after repeatedly being disappointed with their brews. However, this is their highest rated beer (albeit imperial stout), so I thought I’d give it a try. Well, for a bigfoot vertical tasting, we decided to try a few impy stouts side by side after the main event. 2007 Darklord and Nogne Dark Horizon belong in a league of their own, however, Night Tripper has a better flavor and overall balance than either Old Rasputin (a beer which has gone downhill for me), and Victory Storm King, which I need to rerate, because, next to Night Tripper, it is almost undrinkable. This was a pleasnat surprise. Nice complexity with coffee, along with caramel toffee, vanilla beans, balanced with some light hops. Definitely middle of the road within the imperial stout category, which is a good thing.