darbeer75 (1112) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Aroma: malty, coffee notes; Appearance: black with tan head; large bubbles dissipate fairly quickly; Taste: unexpectedly sour for a stout and not in a pleasant way, although it does mellow after sitting for awhile; some Belgian yeasty undertones; Palate: medium body with a bitter/sour finish; Overall: very disappointing; would not buy again. mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Somewhere in NOVA probably a total wine: pours dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, tree, and roast and yeast. Taste is pretty sweet and creamy. Not particulary roasty or bitter. Alcohol is well covered though it can certainly be felt. Kind of fruity actually like a BSA. Gets you a bit crunk. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle 750 ml Theydon_Bois (21429) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
Aroma: deep vinous with noticeable barrel tartness to it. Whiff of heat on top. Plum, molasses and dark caramel.
Look: poured as dark brown with initial large foamy tanned cap. Receded quickly into light fizzy fizz.
Body and Palate: heavy with average carbonation. Mid plus finish. Thad thin on walls.
Taste: front id straight prune spread, barrel walls with tannin notes behind. Mellow sipping darkness with short burst of vodka.
Bottle thanks to James, 30/12/15.
Black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is dark fruits, toffee, light menthol, spice, jammy berry fruit, light chocolate.
Taste comprises rich dark fruits, spice, dates, toffee, yeast esters, nana, light chocolate.
Full bodied, prickly carbonation but aids the drinkability, light warming booze in the close.
Ok ... more a Belgian strong for me, an adequate one at that. Low end for an impy. BeerViking (5127) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2015
750ml bottle, pours black with a tan crema. Tart treacley nose with hints of old wine. Roasty and lambic-tart, with undertones of candy sugar and coffee, light oaky notes and a burnt bitterness. As if you crossed a stout with a black lambic.
Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2015
750ml bottle 12/2/15 (Sam’s Club-Box of 3)-38° in Snifter-Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, oak, and spices. This full bodied brew is a bit light for a stout as I wonder if it should have been a different style. ganache (6088) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2015
25.4oz bottle, corked and caged. Nose sweet and syrupy. heavy oak, spicy, molasses, maple syrup. Pours dark brown with ruby-brown highlights, but pitch in the glass with a large and fizzy-foamy tan head. Taste lightly tart (!), sweet, medium bitterness, strong wood, cherry gaining, red berry as well; very very light chocolate and coffee, spice and vanillin. Molasses, very classy maltiness with medium depth, very faint but still-fresh citrus. Esters still strong here, plum gains as well, even getting some tropical fruits to blend so nicely with the wood. Roast is subdued. Overall character begs if its been Bretted and back-sweetened or just infected; touch leathery, and with spicy/scratchy cherry character, reminds more of a Flanders Red than a stout (a really pleasant surprise for my personal taste). Medium body, crisp and invigorating, alcohol well-integrated, dry finish with occasional hint of metal, overall a pleasure to drink. Nice surprise for the holiday! [2015.11.26: 3.7] Aggiebob (1386) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a big frothy tan head. Aroma is malty, while the flavor is dark fruit (grapes and plum) caramel and spices. It is a little boosey at the end but very good. dfearnley (2379) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle to pint glass
Soy, molasses, blackberries, lime, light malts, chocolate. Not quite opaque brown with a thin creamy tan head. Taste is chocolate, yeast, sour blackberries, malt, ginger, pepper, and earth. AWISLguy (3419) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Corked and caged 750ml bottle from Breeze Thru, cellar aged 15 months served a bit colder than cellar temp. Black pour with a bit of a brown head that rapidly dissippated. Surprised so little head in a corked bottle. Aroma has choco-caramel and grapes. Light molasses further down the glass. Taste is of cocoa, sweet caramel and solid grape with a tangy spice presence. Some possible coffee down in the glass. Medium to full bodied with some alcohol. Finishes tangy sweetly fruity, with some length. No clue if the aging was a positive or not. Grapey? The tangy yeast was a net negative. 13.4