22 oz bottle I got from hopsleeroy I believe. Really need to start writing down who sends me what. Pretty sure it was hopsleeroy. Well, I am whore for Double Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served this one up in your standard shaker pint.
A: Pours a really nice deep, oily black. This beer allows no light through whatsover. This is pitch, frickin black. Can't see through it because no light gets through it, so no idea about carbonation movement. It did pour a really nice finger of mocha colored head. Sadly, the head didn't hold out long enough. You know the type, quit long before you wanted. Dipped down a chunky ring that tries to lay down some lace, but it really doesn't have the stick. It does try to hard so that I was I gave it a 4.
S: Smell is quite nice. Lots of really nice and sweet ass malty goodness. The malts smell of rich caramel and sugary goodness. This beer smells of chocolate, but not just any chocolate. I am talking a really rich, milk chocolately fudge characteristic. This is pretty nice, but smells incredibly sweet. Not getting any balancing notes like hops or what not. This smells great though, smells like dessert and I am glad I saved it for such occassion.
T: Taste mirrors the smell pretty well. Lots of damned malt coming through. There is a nice roast on it but there is not a burnt quality. Really nice malt character. Talking malt shop type malt. Malt balls and caramel. Then come that chocolately goodness. A really nice and rich milk chocolate comes out. Not getting much by way of bitter dark chocolate. Mostly just some sweet and very present milky goodness. There is a bit of piney hops presence in here, but all this sweetness easily bitch slaps it into an after thought.
M: Full bodied beer through and through. Nice and chewy, this beer is heavy. It has a touch more heat to it than the ABV suggests, but thats what I want from my stouts. I need my stouts to have a warming quality, and this one comes through. Carbonation is just enough to give this a slight tingle and decent crispness. Aftertaste is nice with a really nice lingering chocolate layer on the palate.
D: Well, this is absolutely a dessert beer because it does have a nice sweetness to it. As a dessert beer, it does have drinkability for that category. I think this beer is absolutely good, hence the straight 4's, but it is a bit one dimensional via all this sweetness. With that said, it sits well with a bit of weight and satisfies. Will drink again given the chance. Another fine brew by Green Flash.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-14-2009 05:20:39
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours a midnight black color with some ruby brown highlights around the edges. A darker colored tan head with bigger bubbles. Good retention and lacing through the tasting but did hide around the edge. Not as viscous as would have expected for a double stout.
The nose is limited for style but still good. A good malt aroma with noticeable roast and astringency. Some coffee and hints of chocolate aroma as well. Would have like a bit more depth from the malt. The hops really come out with more of an earthy and spicy aroma. Reminds me of Target. Mostly clean yeast but some lighter fusel notes.
The taste is similar but not as astringent. The malt comes out more versus the nose and leaves a bitter chocolate type of taste. Some sweeter crystal malt flavors up font but finishes a bit dry. Hints of coffee and a wood-aged vanilla note on the back end. The hops really come out, a bit too much for style. Some herbal and fruity notes. Some yeasty notes as well on the back end but not over the top.
The body is moderate and a bit lacking for style. Carbonation is a bit much which brings out a the bitterness and astringency. Overall there are some good notes, with the chocolate and roast but I am looking for a bit more depth overall. Still very drinkable.
Served In: Pint Glass
A black mass in a glass. Double tall foamy topping of dark tanned froth all thick and lush saying hello and sticking around for a conversation of lacing the glass with heavy amounts of sheeting with some broken edges.
Aroma is somwhat lighter then I would have thought, but what is there is clean and mildly so with a mere chocolatey presence and creamy tanged coffee tint. Slight burntness and some green juicy hops. Picks up a welcome biggerness as it warms.
Decadent taster; simple, ample, roasty, chocolatey tanged and creamy with bits of vanilla, dark cherry, dark orange, pineapple slush, coffee edged bitterness and drying in the finish. Its supply of flavors is nearly perfect and quite adequate to the Ol' taste buds with a steady, firm, tangy mild roast of milk chocolate wrapped in a darker chocolate bitterness and coffee dryness. Hops squeezed in with a fresh oily touch of leafyness. Warmth ensues and settles in some as ya get thru it, but does not hamper any enjoyment levels.
Firm and steady, creamy, smooth, bold, lush, ample medium body that encompasses a great tangy tone of roast and darker undertones of chocolate loaded fruits. The dryness is the finish is outstanding as a perfect little blend of chocolatey tang swirls about with a coffee edges blackness with burntish hints. Nice!
Gone in no time flat as this stuff drinks down way to easy and smooth with an amazing tone of creamy tang and chocolatey roast and easing bittering dryness. A super nice stout by Green Flash!
Served In: Pint Glass
This bottle is from March 2008.
Dark with a good inch of foam. Excellent retention with some lacing.
Roasted with some bitter chocolate, malted milk, chocolate covered grains, and a touch of spicy hops in the background. A bit of rum soaked raisins as the beer warms up, more fruitiness. Some caramel and molasses as well. Hints of maple syrup and toffee.
Roasted barley and bitter chocolate bitterness but the year of age has mellowed out the bitterness. Earthy hoppiness in the finish. More hop flower flavor. Some caramel crystal malts in the middle. More chocolate as it warms up. Fruity esters in the finish as well, some plum and chocolate covered raisins.
Very smooth, finishes with low carbonation. Low dryness in the finish but enough of it so it doesn't feel too sweet.
Served In: Pint Glass
Another brew from Gator. :cheers:
A - Helluva nice looking head on this one. Big two inch cocoa colored head is thick and forboding. Body is black and completely opaque, absent of light.
S - Big roastiness. An odd amount of lactose seems to be here, sort of like a huge milk stout. Milk chocolate. Light day old coffee.
T - Starts off with a nice roastiness reminding me of espresso roast. Wait, what? Is this grape juice I taste again? Second time in one nice where a dark beer has a grape juice flavor. Weird. Some light milk chocolate. Bitterness finishes it and lasts through to the aftertaste.
M - Medium to full bodied. Smooth carbonation.
Overall - This one just didn't do it for me. The grape juice aspect was a bit offputting. Not bad, but not my cup of tea.
Served In: Tulip
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