wlajwl (6141) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2017
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is dry dark malts, dark fruit and a hint of fruit sweetnesss. The flavor is coffee, dark/roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, mild fruit sweetness and an acidic/slightly warming finish.
Obfuscate (539) - Minneapolis, - FEB 12, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt oak, toffee, anise, boozy, slight dark chocolate. Wife really liked it.
badgerben (5005) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with a medium head. Sweet chocolate and toffee aroma. Bittersweet chocolate flavor. Fairly roasty, a bit grainy. Minerally. Heavy carbonation. Hint of a sweet finish, but enough hop bite to round it off.
Atom (2256) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with a large khaki head. Over all dry aroma, musky leather, chocolate, dark molasses. Taste is very dry and bitter, roasted chocolate malt, bitter coffee. Very bitter which I like, I’d revisit after aging 3 months on a ship.
MNAle (146) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, nearly black, with a 1/4 inch tan head, receding fairly quickly to just a thin rim leaving some lacing dripping down the side. Aroma hints of smoky rum, but you need to let it warm a bit for this to come through. Nutty bread aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Thick and creamy on the tongue. Initial taste smoke, roasted coffee, bread / grain. Soft malt body. Nice barrel presence, but in the background. Just enough bittering to provide balance. This is nicely done.
nuplastikk (5955) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. 8.5% is going pretty far, especially for a brewery like Schell, so I suppose the Imperial Stout categorization is semi-justified. However, the brewer’s intention was clearly a Caribbean Stout or Sweet Stout as we call them around here, so categorizing it otherwise is asinine Chalky, lacks much depth. Raisin, thin slick chocolate. Mild, restrained fruity yeast tones. Not unlike stuff you might find on the islands. I’m sure it would go over well there. Respectable enough. OK.
CanIHave4Beers (4153) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in the living room
Pours black with a small but well retained head.
The aroma is sweet & chocolate forward with some espresso & dark fruit.
The flavor is pretty sweet but nicely balanced with roasty bitterness. It’s got lots of dark fruit & a touch of ashiness. All around pretty delicious
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2017
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355ml bottle. Dark brown pour, tna head.aroma is fruits and grains, barnyardy roasted malt, coconut. Flavor is sweet cocoa and coconut, very fuckin sweet especially for the non-sky high abv.