Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: Imperial stout bitterness in a lighter package. It was nearly a black IPA. It’s definitely still a stout, but if you like black IPAs, you should try it.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a very dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with a large, tan head that mostly but slowly diminished leaving excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate roast malt and chocolate milk; moderate pine hops; tobacco; and hints of caramel. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderate to heavily bitter with an average to long duration. There was roasted malt, coffee, chocolate milk, bitter chocolate, coffee beans, pine hops and citrus rind hops, tobacco, a little citrus fruit, grapefruit and caramel malt. The medium body was creamy with sort of soft and slightly metallic finish. Ratman197 (14834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2013
16 oz can courtesy of Doodler (thanks Scott) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, pine, earthiness and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, pine and light earthiness with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasty pine finish. alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Pretty black but slightly reddish when held up to a bright light, with a decent head and sheets of thin but glass-coating lace.
Smell is more like that of a heavier imperial stout, heavy with syrupy dark fruits, some coffee and chocolate, some molasses and brown sugar, some roasted, some burnt characteristics. The taste somewhat follows but it’s not as strong tasting as it is smelling. I would say that for me the taste is more appealing, actually. It’s more balanced on taste; the aroma is kinda on the too sweet, too much dark fruit side.
Drink wise it’s very nice, a good stout that’s something of a meal, but isn’t overpowering. I am a big fan of stouts in the 6%-ish range, and this one is pretty good. Overall I don’t think it’s world class, but I’d certainly drink it again, and may have to try some of their other beers that I haven’t tried yet. reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Simple stout, but good. A bit too bitter for the style, as there is not malt middle to squash it. I love bitter, but this seems almost out of place. That being said, I like it, and I’m sticking with it. Pith (160) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Pours dark opaque brown-black mahogany with large coffee color head, foamy. Aroma- caramel malt and ryeish grass to hay hops. Taste is rye grass hop start, sweet mocha. Middle- smooth, bitter grassy end and long finish. I like the mix of malt and hops. Bitter finish long-lasting.
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Solid atout. Drank from can so really can’t talk about the pour or head. Visibly brown from lip if can. Nice hoppy aroma. Almost light enough to call it a black ipa coffee stout. Coffee and hipping come through prediminantly on the palate. ttoadee (1491) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Dark brown, amber hints, thin toffee head. Nose is dark roasted malt, subtle pine and alcohol. Bittersweet in the truest sense. Middle is cacao and pine cones. Bitter, drying, piney hops out the back. Good. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Can. Chocolate malt and piney hops aroma... smells like a black IPA. Black brown with a huge thick, creamy tan head. Chocolate, roasty malt, and subtle piney hops flavor.... tastes like a black IPA. Medium body, soft carbonation. Smells, looks, tastes, and drinks like a black IPA. joshwoodward (575) - - MAY 30, 2013
Drank from pint can. Delicious, if a little on the light flavored side. Creamy and milky. Jabic (588) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Ar: Char, some highly roasted caramel, and earthy hops.
Ap: Black with dark brown highlights on the edges - medium light tan head with good retention and a web of lacing.
T: Dark caramel and raisins - heavy cocoa and char - medium-high bitterness, fairly clean - cherry and molasses, with roast bitterness on the finish.
P: Medium body, with high carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel - finish is dry.
O: A heavily roasted stout - on the dry side, with a big grip of bitterness - solid.