PhillyCraft (7714) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2017 SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in early September 2009.
**Appearance**: Deep brown and slightly viscous. A tall, light-brown head is creamy and sticks around for a while, slowly fading to a thick ring. Leaves massive laces on the glass.
**Nose**: A hint of grapes or cherry at first, quickly, and then chocolate and a roastiness. As it warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced and I get some vanilla and some oak.
**Mouthfeel**: Medium-to-full bodied and silky smooth. There’s not a lot of bite, but again I can tell there were hops in this fresh. It’s very clean drinking.
**Taste**: Chocolate and toasted malts, then that fades to mostly the chocolate aftertaste. A slight hint of cherry or grapes around the edges. A touch of vanilla and smoke as it warms.
**Overall**: This beer is phenomenal. It tastes like a mellow, slighly-chocolate porter. It’s smooth and very well balanced. It’s roasted malt is not too sweet at all. I love this one. It’s my favorite of the series (and I still have three more to go.)
**Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes phenomenal. I don’t have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I can’t say how it would have differed, but I see no reason to think it would be any better than this one. It is pure awesomeness.
Backlog, Draft, pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small to medium head. Aroma and flavor of raisin, vanilla bean, chocolate, oak, plum, and banana. Some licorice and other spice as it sits in the glass. Bitter finish on a medium to fuller body. luttonm (6634) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Bottle at Portland tasting. Soapy light ring, dark balsamic and cola. Light oxidation and red fruit. Bitter, chalky cocoa. Fruity oxidized body. Medium sweet. Light soy, molasses. Fair. nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle, finally rating this one this time. Dark brown with a medium khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, orange, anise, oak, herbal notes. Sweet on the flavor, chocolatey with vanilla and citrus, slight Belgian-ish yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Pretty good. bnokk (539) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Drinken in 2017.
licorice and deep notes.
NOTES- smells much better than it tastes. kyzr (1593) - Montana, USA - DEC 14, 2016
Dark brown pour with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and touch of burnt coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, hint of chocolate and espresso.
bubblehouse (1554) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2016
The bottle was 7 years old but all things considering I think it held up really well. cfrancis (3535) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
Nice surprise this is. After sitting on it so long. Pours black with a moderate brown froth. Aroma is soft nuances, vanilla, spice, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is velvet mouthfeel, big vanilla and spice hide the roastiness and just smooth everything out. Dry palate, I really like this. Hoprider (726) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Pours almost black with a semi dense beige head. One finger foam N: Dusty vintage bookstore, light phenols, light licorice. T: mild roast, light to medium sweetness. Belgian yeast again, light licorice, medium roasted malts. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and weak burnt. A flavor of roasted malt, weak coffee and burnt.DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head.
4.0 S: Nose on this is quite impressive. Semi-sweet tangerine peel, oak, chocolate. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Caramel and lots of spiciness.
3.5 T: Like the nose, but not as impressive.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good here.
3.5 D: Good enough. This tastes like palate fatigue.
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DavoleBomb, Jan 17, 2015