jandd1983 (4604) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2017 thetomG (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Sampled at gregwilsonstl's house. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The taste was similar to the aroma with more roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee with medium carbonation and a nice aftertaste. Not bad for a 2009 vintage.
Nice. vyvvy (6734) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2017
It pours dark brown with an off white head. The aroma has soy sauce, heavy roast and dark roast.. It has medium body with mild carbonation. The taste is soured, funky and of..... But it's 2009. Sure better fresh and such, but won't have that opportunity Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Sampled at Gregwilsonstl’s tasting. Almost black with just a little tan foam. Glad to get a shot at this. ‘09 version. Dark malts with raspberries. Earth and tobacco. Chocolate under that. A lot going on and I am not sure all of it is intended. Still, it has held up well. gregwilsonstl (2664) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2017 Oxidized. Dark black. Good but not great. This was probably amazing in 2009. Tasted at my Plants and Animals Bottle share. Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2017
Bottle split at RB Best Encomium share, Santa Rosa, 30/01/16 - Big Thanks to Moe Juck aka Wald Bizzard for hooking me up with this juant! 2009 vintage.
Pitch black with a well presented tan head.
Nose is rich dark malts, light soy xauce, tangy dark fruits, chocolate dipped raisins.
Taste comprises red berry notes, chocolate, burnt toffee, roast malts, molasses, black forest gateaux, raspberry tang, earthy.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming boost in the close.
Solid well rounded impy but a touch past its best now I imagine.
mR_fr0g (13515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017
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 (8494) - 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 (2703) - 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 (15237) - 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 (4549) - 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.