JoeMcPhee (9598) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Deep brown beer with a little bit of orangey highlights as well. Thin off-white head. The nose is a little bit spicy and fairly fruity. Lots of dates and dried fruit and raisin in addition to a soft, treacly rummy flavour. A little bit of clove and soft toasted nut/malt flavour. Really chewy and fruity with a nice ginger and white pepper character along with a little bit of corianderish spice. Some blackberry and a bit of molasses and burnt sugar character. It has a lot of soft herbal character up front with a touch of spicy alcohol on the finish. It’s got some similarities to Pannepot but it’s it’s own beast. Warming brings up some nice spicy character with a lighter sort of pepper and nutmeg character. Really lovely brew. kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Pours a dark brown to black with a medium tan head. Bit of citrus hop aroma, but mostly malts. big body and odd grapefruity flavors with a dark malty flavor. very dry with a sharp, crisp finish. very unique brew cheekybaby (12) - - OCT 20, 2012
Nice and creamy head of beer. Very complex tastes with a strong yet mellow note of bourbon. Prokroustis (745) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - OCT 12, 2012
Dark murky brown body with an off white head. Excellent hoppy and spicy aroma with lemon, pine, honey and caramel. Spicy, herbal flavour with caramel and cereal and a strong bitter finish. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Bottle, although I’ve definitely had this already. Deep brown to black pour with tan head. Spice, herbal, earthy, fruity and darker malt aromas. Flavor has fruit, malt darker eaters, earthy tones and spices, I remember liking this better last time.
thornecb (6096) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2012
edit for consistency: found my backlog, gave it the same rating in europe.
Pours hazy deep amber into a Sam glass. Tan micro head with excellent retention tophats and craters. Sweet caramel and nut aromas. Sweet chocolate and caramel upfront turning to a sweet hot chocolate and brine finish. jrob21 (3841) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours cloudy amber almost brown with a big tan head that fades after a bit. Very smooth drink with a lot of dark fruit working in the flavor. Yeast, wheat, baked bread, banana all in there as well. Aroma has some nuttiness and toffee. I did not know what to expect with this but am pleasantly surprised at the complexity and delicacy that this beer accomplishes. Many flavors melding together in a complementary way that keeps you entertained. Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle alexsdad06 (10978) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
To make up for the mess that was a half baked pale lager I cracked open this nice Belgian strong ale. One of those somewhat spendy releases at $5.99 it was a good beer to throw in every once in a while as a reminder of what skilled brewers can do. I can’t wait to try my next Stillwater "import".
Aroma / Appearance - The deep brown body bordered on having a black corona. The head was like drizzling pieces of melted chocolate over the top. Hopped up hot chocolate, dark malts, flat cola, and muddy earth were well balanced. It wasn’t as bright as I was expecting but still fit well.
Flavor / Palate - Chewy mouthfuls of bakers chocolate, resin, and flat cola build with each sip. The dry finish hangs in the back of the throat gaining momentum. By the end it is hard to ignore the strength even though the alcohol itself is well masked. I may not be buying many more soon until the cellar is under control but with beers like this Stillwater has a long future.
Bottled. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a large khaki colored head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, mild coffee, sweet chocolate, mixed berries, herbal, floral and liquor notes. The flavor has dark, roasted malts with mild coffee, cocoa powder, toffee, peppery spice, yeast, ripe berries, lightly acidic, and alcohol. The finish is fruity, moderately dry with lasting warmth. The heat can sometimes be distracting, however I find all of these beers interesting and well worth a try. blipp (9794) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Draft. Pours amber with a thin beige head. Fruity aroma with spicy yeasty and a hint of tartness. The flavor is like old fruity that’s about to rot, light spicy yeast, and lightly toasted malts. Decent.