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Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle I received from the great BA and trader IBUnit63. This is one beer I have been looking forward to for a long time and he was nice enough to hold a bottle for me til we could build up enough ammo for our second trade. So here it is and I am all smiles. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: I usually don't factor bottle art into appearance and I don't really have to. With that said, this is probably one of the coolest bottles I have ever seen with the great depiction of the Storm Trooper helmet. Beyond that, you have an incredibly solid RIS appearance. Really nice and glossy, rich black pour. Allows just a bit of light through at the edges, creating some nice and deep ruby red highlights. The really nice part is head. Its probably the darkest brown head that I have seen on a beer. It is beyond tan and mocha, just a straight up dark brown half finger. It has some lasting abiltity and does a great job of coating the glass with some thick lace. It would stick but the film the beer creates on the glass keeps in sliding back to the body.

S: Smell is very nice and pleasant with just enough punch to keep you interested. First thing out of the gate I get some pipe tobacco aroma. Its a nice fruity and rich tobacco aroma. Behind that you get some nice chocoalate notes, its a bit of some milk chocolate along with some semisweet darker chocolate. There is a nice nuttiness on the backend, maybe some hazelnut. It has that nutty aroma that packs a touch of sweetness. Finally, there is a nice dark cherry aroma to finish it off. I know the aroma really should get a higher score from my description, but the scent is a bit subdued and like I said it has just enough punch to keep you in. it could be a bit more powerful, but it is still good.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose in the respect that it has a lot going on but it is a bit subdued. Getting some nice chocolate flavors up front, a bit more of the dark variety in the flavor profile. Behind that is a bit of coffee, cream and sugar. Then we get some of tht nuttiness along with that tobacco presence. It absolutely is that pipe tobacco, rich with that nice cherry presence. The nuttiness may be more in line with some slightly roasted almonds rather than the hazelnut detected in the nose. There is a slight touch of wood in the backend that mingles with some earthy hop bitterness (oh so slight, but enough to cut down the sweetness).

M: Gotta go with a nice full body, but its not crazy chewy or thick. Just enough. The best part is how incredibly creamy this beer is. Its damn near velvety. Has that nice richness but still has an airy quality to it. Damn. Carbonation is low but just enough to add to that creamy ass feel. ABV is perfect, just enough for some heat but not out of hand. This beer is almost spot on in this category. Aftertaste is that light wood with a nice chocolate goodness.

D: I really struggled with whether or not this deserved a 5 in this category. As far as RIS's go, this is incredibly drinkable. I have to keep myself in check to not chug, gotta savor this one because it is the only on I have. Everything works in this beer. My only gripe is that the nose and flavor could be a bit more hefty and robust. It seems that this beer does just enough the flavor and aroma category, but it could be amazing. It has the canvas but broader strokes could have been used in the final painting. Still a great beer but it could be skyrocketed into the realm of amazing. Still a great experience.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-27-2009 06:07:40

Served In: Snifter