BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a black body and a small tan head. Aromas of raisins, toffee, lightly sour, shampoo, vinous. Flavors of leather, raisins, chalky, cocoa, chocolate, ashy, dirty. Light bubbles, some oak. Off. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2011
very dark brown, thin cream ring. Nose is a dusty oatmeal, oxidized, a peppery soy sauce. Flavor is heavy chocolate, light oxidation, more sugar than malt quality surviving. Full bodied, though that adds to cloying sweetness. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Thanks to ChrisPro for sending this in Blind BIF #4. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pour yields a near-black beer with a thin off-white head that subsides pretty quickly and leaves some bubbles on top. Thin collar around the edge as well. The nose has quite a bit of chocolate with a bit of black licorice lingering in the background. There is a bit of roast there as well. Some dark fruits come through as it warms up. Slightly metallic in the after-scent. The taste is slightly metallic with some slight anise and a bit of bitter chocolate. Moderate roast in the background and the finish. Body is medium with low carbonation. Some alcohol is present. Drinkability is okay. Nothing too impressive, but drinkable enough.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-17-2011 brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
A: The pour is a dark brown color, almost black, with a large tan head.
S: Roasted malts and dark chocolate with a decent amount of coffee. Perhaps a touch acidic on the nose, but good earthy hop notes too. A moderate sweetness of toffee and molasses.
T: The flavor is very much similar to the aroma. Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, and some dark chocolate. Mildly bitter with a little earthiness and a little bit of sweetness.
M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the high end of medium.
O: A fairly unremarkable beer but not bad. Probably wouldn’t care to have it again. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
651mL thanks to Thorpe429. Sorry dude, we drank it without you. Much love! The pour is a deep cola red, looking almost black with a medium, tan, sheen, creamy head. Aroma is olives, cardboard, cinnamon, moving to richer chocolate, cloves, flank steak, fat. Taste is chalky, powdery, ashy, bitter. Moves thankfully to piney hops, burnt cherries. Actually, I don’t mind this one. Easy to enjoy. Hides the abv very well.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
Opaque dark brown pour with a light tan head. Lots of cocoa and chocolate on the nose. Some roasty notes. Lightly sweet and fruity with berry notes. Bitter roast flavor. Some chocolate. Lightly tart. Very bitter finish. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to Thorpe: Pours an oily opaque with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a lightly sweet toasted dark caramel malty nose with a touch of milk chocolate. Starts with a light malty sweetness with some peppery bitterness and spice before a drier roasty finish. Has a touch of oaky complexity with some warming alcohol. An interesting imperial stout, but could use a little more body and complexity. BeerandBlues2 (13326) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy and bubbly tan head, medium-long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), average hops (herbal, earthy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of oak, raisins, prune, smoke, and peat. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, chocolate), average hops (herbal, earthy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of oak, raisins, prune, smoke, and peat. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry finish. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2011
Big and roasty chocolate nose with light coffee, some molasses and a bit of dark fruit. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, lots of milk chocolate, slightly chalky, some molasses and brown sugar. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle via Jtclockwork. Dark brown pour, brown whispy head. Nose has elements of brownies with a little oaky vapors around the edges..but nicely displayed chocolate character from the malt. The flavors are smooth enough...there’s a small element of the oak there...it probably could use a little more sweetness to bring out the malt flavors a touch more as nothing really seems to stick to the palate..not overly bitter either...kind of uneventful...get a little alcohol in the palate, other than that it’s fairly medium bodied. No major faults, I suppose...but doesn’t really do much for me either.