Oakes (19010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2007
Looks beautiful - jet black, loose tan head. Aroma is rich black malts, lots of grapefruit hops...reminiscent of St A. Sweetish flavour, but again with lots of citrusy hops, along with silky chocolate, light Vietnamese coffee. Gets a bit thin as it warms, but that’s about the only fault I could find. A lot like St A, only "foreign"-strength and obviously not made with Ringwood. Tmoney99 (15034) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Poured dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasted with heavy lacing. Moderate complex roasted malt and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium hoppy bitter finish of moderate duration.
Drinkable, but out of balance.
22oz botttle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, earthy and some pine. Tastes of chocolate, roast, some coffee, and a lighter earthiness. alexsdad06 (10947) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. The aroma has weak roasted malts and a strong hop presence. The flavor shows slightly more roast than in the nose, but is still very hoppy with a hint of dark fruits. Hoppy stouts are not my thing. Lighter side of medium bodied. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Rating #25 for this beer.
JoeMcPhee (9580) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
Source: Brewfest, GABF
black, fine tan head,
sweet chocolate aroma with a touch of roasted,
thin but creamy body,
rich chocolate and roasted flavor, nice sweetness, light bitterness, well balanced,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Dark black beer, thin tan head. The aroma is lovely, rich piny hops over some black licorice, cocoa and dark bitter chocolate. Flavour is quite piny with a touch of peppery alcohol. As it warms the cocoa and dark malts really open up from behind the spicy/piny hoppiness. Lingering roastiness on the back. It’s kind of on the border of regular and imperial stout, but it’s quite tasty regardless of what you call it. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 13/10/2007 BuckeyeBoy (8568) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Hoppy aroma. Small tan head. Black strong in alcohol and fruity with some dryness in a crisp and bitter finish.
On Tap at BrewPub. Pours out a pitch black topped with a cream tan head. Aroma of roast malt and light hops. Tast pretty nice. I was looking for something a little thicker. Not bad after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Draft at Brouwer’s. Solid adamantine black with a thick, sudsy tan head. Plenty of rich cereal and a bit of chocolate on the nose, along with a whiff of hop that leans toward the citric. Enormous grainy soft mouthfeel, really delectable right from the attack and that holds up through the mid-palate. Soft carb, plenty of rich roasty dark malt flavor and then a nice splash of bitter hop on the finish. Delicious. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Thanks to Brandon for hooking me up with this bomber! Poured clear, deep brown with a medium cap of creamy, well-retained tan head. The aroma picked up an array of nicely-roasted black malts with dark chocolate, licorice, and black patent represented.. maybe a splash of earthy and herbal hoppage, but it was malty overall. The flavor lost a little specific character from the malts (mostly black patent with lesser coffee and dark chocolate), but the hops played a greater role (earth, pine, and citrus were well-blended in here).. finished with great balance between the roasty malts and hop bouquet. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. balance was great, and this was easy as could be to drink. I’d love to have a keg of this handy at the house.