thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011mR_fr0g (11914) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017
Dark brown and (surprisingly) even a little bit transparent around the edges... spotty lacing left around the glass.
Smell is a bit subdued (pretty much the same aromas that you’d expect out of any good RIS), but the flavor is almost completely unique - and in a really really fantastic & complex way. Dark fruits, raisins, molasses, licorice, etc... all layered upon one another but blending together extremely well - The port aging changes this one into something that stands apart from almost any other big stout I’ve tried. Each sip is a pleasure unto itself. Amazing stuff.
While this is clearly thinner than others in the style, it is certainly not too thin by any means - the overall mouthfeel and carbonation seem spot-on for this particular beer. Quite lovely.
HIGHLY recommended and definitely worthy of the hype. GREAT beer.
Bottle shared at Ratebeer awards show. 30/01/2016. Huge thanks! 2009 bottle. A clear depp black / brown coloured pour with reddy hues and a reluctant tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate malts, rih, jammy fruits, strawberry. Flavour is composed of brown sugars, dark choc, fruits esters, strawberry, tangy raspberry. Palate is full sticky sweet, full bodies, moderate carbonation. .. Very well balanced and drinkable for such a big beer. BuckeyeBoy (7543) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 26, 2016
2010 bottle thanks to Toby. Pours out a black topped with a small tan head. Nose is rich roast malts cocoa some plum and coffee. Taste is more of the heavy roast malts chocolate cocoa some vanilla and that coffee. We did this with kabert and black Albert aswell all 3. Slipstream (2612) - USA - MAY 13, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2016 Thanks to my cousin. We’ve been wanting to try this for a while - it has been in the cellar for 6 years. Lots if grain/bread in the flavor. A little sharp and spicy, with amber-like notes and molasses. Impressive but overrated sorry to say (I think this was the #1 brew at Beer Advocate for a while, but we know how good their ratings are, don’t we?). DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! 2009 bottle. Black. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some oxidation. Still really good. VsXsV (4420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, raw sugar, coffee, light vanilla, light bourbon and dried fruit. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light sour with notes of raw sugar, apples, light wood and bourbon. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice but probably too old.
djd07 (14369) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, chocolate, wood. Thick mouth, chewy, chocolate, roast, nice sweetness, very nice. thepatrickman (1307) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2015
2011 bomber, shared over Christmas. I finally got a chance to try this one after a long wait and a lot of trading. This is really complex, with a surprisingly large amount of malt flavor and sweetness that provides a lot caramel and fruit notes. Surprisingly, though, they never overpower the chocolate and roasted flavors from the darker malts, and everything pulls together extremely well. Big, balanced, and still exceptional, even after 4 years. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2015
12 oz bottle shared by Dan. Pours a dark brown black. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, light cocoa powder. Alcohol. Taste is sweet with a slight alcohol taste. Great for its age. charule (2257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Dan. Poured black with thin tan head. Aroma very dark fruits salty. Light carb med bod. Taste mellow sweet light choc malty dark fruit. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle: 2010 vintage. Dark, oily black pour with a fine-bubbled, leathery tan head that forms & dissipates just as quick. Aroma has a nice chocolate & roasted malt base with light hints of coffee & burnt toffee. However there are mild signs of infection. Faint cherry skin, must, wet dog, & some old cotton blanket lie in the periphery. Uh-oh. Surprisingly enough, those do not show up on the palate, & there really isn’t any apparent tartness in the flavor. Roast, coffee, chocolate malt, a touch of woodsy smoke, some licorice, with a slightly bitter & ashy finish. Strange how the nose showed infection while the flavor didn’t. In any case, the flavor wasn’t anything spectacular, either. Pretty standard for a stout. Good, but maybe a touch overrated.