otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Appearance: black with a miniscule head; top heavy draft pour. Small bubbly collar. Swirls with nothing much else.
Cybercat (6331) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Nose: tart and a bit bright; play off each other. Prunes, plums, and dates along with black root. More tartness leads into licorice with sour milk nipping at the back. As she warms up the nose really opens up with more sour followed by dry earthy black chocolates. Black earth, potting soil.
Palate: very clean mouthfeel; thin but not detrimentally so. Lots of sour lactose character which bleeds into and taints wonderfully all her dark fruits, pitted, and also complimentarily tart. Yeasty Belgian influence thanks to the Belgian yeast strain used. Burnt wood and earth late in the finish along with slightly charred baker’s chocolate. Tartness big in the middle; dries top of tongue while sides of tongue and cheeks tingle. Plum skins and grape skins. Just as the nose, her palate sours up as she warms up. Little apparent carbonation; not flat, just clean and well attenuated. Barnyard and horsey underneath.
Final Thoughts: very good. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I got was fantastic. Reminded me of the Madrugada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin, another soured stout. Brisk, refreshing, and thirst inducing. I could drink her on a regular basis and never grow tired.
Pours out an oily dark brown, nearly black, with a thick and fairy persistent beige head. Aroma is strong and smoky with definite tones of roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and molasses. Lip-smacking, mouth-filling flavor has the typical coffee and unsweet chocolate tones of a good Imperial Stout plus hints of molasses and caramel and even just a shade of hops and a touch of sweetness. Texture is silky smooth and just a little tingly, not quite as thick as most stouts. DarkSong (383) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
1 Pint 6 ounce bottle. Pours a inky black with a large cappuccino colored head. It has the aroma of chocolate and espresso with a little yeast. This is a fantastic beer. It has a nice thick texture that seems to coat the mouth and throat. It tastes of chocolate, smoke, vanilla, licorice and espresso. I absolutely loved this beer. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010
22oz - Black, tan creamy head. Roasted baker’s chocolate and mild coffee aromas are well layered over notes of vanilla oatmeal cream cake, plum and dark currant throughout. Intense roasted bittersweet cocoa-coffee flavors are well balanced on a dark vanilla berry and warm golden raisin backdrop. Kiss of hop bitterness rounds this to near perfection. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, bittersweet finish. One of the best Terrapin side projects I have encountered... Gachupines (1252) - USA - MAR 10, 2010
Black appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma isn’t overpowering, some chocolate, slight coffee. Taste is surprisingly smooth for an imperial stout which might be due to the Belgian influence. Overall flavor is rich dark chocolate with a fairly bittersweet finish. Not overbearing but still fairly flavorful, would find this again if it wasn’t a one-off.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, maybe a hint of cherry, graham cracker, dough. Flavor continues to have that touch of dough from the yeast, but (fortunately imo) does not go crazy on Belgian yeast overload, as anticipated by a general lack of phenols and esters in the nose. The chocolate notes continue to hold a dark line with the feeling of cocoa powder as well. Sweet due to the style, but for the style/strength, quite dry and drinkable. Not terribly complex, but otherwise really nice effort at whatever sort of stout you want to call it. TonyDiUlio (679) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Shared with nick. Pour is a thick black with brown head than lasts as a thin cover on top of the beer. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted wheat and malts. Flavor is smooth bodies toasty dark chocolate. Malts and dark cherry in the followthrough. Nice brew. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown nearly black with a nice amount of tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dried fruit and alcohol. Taste is sweet, chocolate, dried fruit and some Belgian yeast taste. Good mouthfeel. This is a tasty beer. I will need to get more.