Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Samples poured from a growler and later swilled from it on the streets of Washington D.C., classy-style. Thick blackpour; film of brown cream. Ashy coffee ground aroma with rich vanilla and plenty of full roasted malt; brown sugar. Plenty of black malt bitterness. A lovely taste of coffee ice cream and singed caramel leads; underneath a kind of cool, quiet fruitiness of an apple, canteloupe and berry character with hints of dry holly and juniper. Nuanced and full, though just slightly thin and unpleasantly milky in the mouth. Finishes while still cool on a glint of plastic and vanilla tinted astringency; as it warms and softens its bite, the beefy tones of roast meat and cinnamon gather strength, softly fading into rich maple warmth at the end. Well done. Thanks for sharing, Ken! MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Ratebeer Winter Gathering.
A: Pours a nice deep black with a nice darker shade of brown head. Lite retention with some spots of lace.
S: Aromas of deep roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted malt, and earth.
T: Very roasted borderline bitter. Lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Earthy but not smokey.
M: Medium in body, a bit thin for the style. Good carbonation. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Growler from flacoalto - thanks man!!! This is one beautiful stout with a blackness and hazy, mystic look that is really cool. Aroma has a heavy dark chocolate/coffee mix with some currant and a very intense nose that has some alcohol, but not too much. Flavor is a powerful roasty, dark-chocolate mix that combines the cocoa with some heavily roasted coffee and dark fruits. Alcohol is present, but it warms rather than taking away from the wonderful flavor. Mouthfeel was nearly a 5, but this is a well put together Imperial Stout no matter how you look at it. Awesome brew. juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Courtesy Dragonsout. This one was handbottled and poured a nice black color with a thin tan head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was really nice of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and some caramel. The flavor folwed suit with the dark chocolate and coffee bitterness up front with the roasted malts and caramel flavors coming in next. The flavor on this one is really good. The roastiness, chocolate, and coffee blend together just right. This was medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that was very smooth going down with a nice warming feeling and bitter finish. This was really easy to drink as it had the right amount of roastiness mixed in with the chocolate and coffee. I’m glad I got to try this treat. Thanks again Brian. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Courtesy SoLan. Sampled from growler. Black pour, thin, short-lived tan head. Little roast, chocolate, licorice, molasses. Roasty and alcoholic taste is the feature here. No significant licorice in the taste. Not complex, but pretty damn tasty anyways.
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown, almost black with a beige head. Pleasant chocolate roastiness with a hint of cereal in the nose. Flavor is very roasty/chocolatey with caramel, cherries, plum/raisin and a level of soil/earthiness. Pretty sweet. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Good stuff overall. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Growler courtesy of hellbilly at Bockys pad.
Pours a nice dark brownish black with a decent sized brown head. Aroma is malt, hops, barley, molasses. Flavor is hops, barley, coffee, chocolate malt. Alcohol is well hidden and beer has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Great stout, thanks Josh! DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Handbottle from cbkschubert. Poured a nice black color with a small almost virtually not there head.Poured kind of thin but the carbonation held up.A nice chocolate and roasted nose.A smooth texture, almost creamy going down.Flavor is roasty, chocolate and some caramel. The finish was warming and slightly bitter.Thanx Craig. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Hand bottled from cbkshubert. BIG THANKYOU!This poured big black body, tight tan head,. lots of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Taste was full body, coffee, and loads of chocolate. Vanilla lingers after the swallow. Loved this. Can only imagine how great this is fresh. A new major fav. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Growler thanks to hellbilly. Had this after Dark Lord, and have to say that it is actually better and deserving of its title as AZ’s best beer. Pours black with a nice brown head. Smells and tastes of balanced flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark cocoa with a note citrusy hops at the back of the palate. Disguises the alcohol content so well you could actually session this. Time in a barrel would make this ridiculous.