dalekliz (922) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Growler Julian brought to Woodshop Quad, thanks Julian! Pours a deep black with a tan head. Rich aroma, burnt toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Big taste, of toasted malt, a lot of coffee and chocolate. Lingering toast and coffee flavors. Really great imperial stout. ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Tap at Solana Beach. I will say two things: it was only my third of the night (behind two light hitters) and I didn’t finish it. I found this overdone. Color is black and texture is quite thick, but in a viscous syrup way, not a mighty brew way - no head. Coffee flavor seems well done, but is sharp and doesn’t combine well with the alcohol which is also hot: sort of kills the finish and mutates whatever good aroma it had. A mighty homebrew to be sure, but not a top 100 beer. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Out of a growler from Julian, this one was outstanding. Rich in the nose and flavor, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Creamy on the palate. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2008
On tap at PP Solana Beach. Poured a very dark brown/black color with a small, light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, oaky wood, coffee and caramel. Very easy drinking for 11 percent. A nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with some caramel and vanilla notes. For me, it was a good, but not great version of the style. Still, I enjoyed it alot. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
On tap at the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Poured a dark black color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of roast, lighter espresso, chocolate, and vanilla, Tastes of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, caramle, and some espresso. The espresso - coffee was there, but for some reason, I wished there was more in there -I am a sucker for coffee in my beers-.
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 A truly great beer from Julian. Roasty, lots of coffee flavor, a tinge of sweetness with a nice chocolatey finish. Had it at the 2008 Strong Ale fest
ReRate 29May2008, had this on draft at Beachwood today, It was stunning. Upped the rating fm 4.2 to 4.5 hapjydeuce (1000) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival and on tap at Pizza Port a while back. By far the highlight of the Pro-Am table! Pitch black in color with some dark maroon head. Awesome roasty smoke and espresso aroma. Sweet flavors of more dark roasted espresso, molasses, black licorice and smoky caramel. Great thick and sticky body; really heavy, really strong, and really dark, just how I like ’em. I probably had 6 samplers of this stuff with jarspag. This beer belonged with the other big boys in the competition. Hats off here! Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Black - brown head. Burned, coffee, lots of coffee, espresso, high hoppy, vinous, alcoholic, smooth body, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar. Nice - lovely. 0110x011 (20) - Dana Point, California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Pours a perfect pitch black with a thick, foamy, latte brown head. Huge coffee nose, with earth and leather behind it. Flavor is huge roasty coffee goodness. A bit of dark fruit comes around with the earthy notes. Smooth as silk and creamy as hell. One is enough, but that one is spectacular.
This stuff is on par with any imperial stout I’ve had. If it were bottled, it would be legendary.
DuffMan (10267) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2008
GABF 2008. Oily black pour, thick dark brown head. Heady aroma of French roast coffee beans, charred raisin bread, and a hard-to-pin-down vegetal quality that may simply be part of the whole coffee thing. Chewy, heavy mouthfeel, silky smooth. Explosive rich quality coffee bean flavour backed by shovels of burnt malt, bitter chocolate, and ending with an interesting herbal dry finish. Outstanding.