SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color, choclately, slightly bitter. Not any contest for Magnolia's imperial stout (Mag's is 50x better).
beertholomeus (550) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a khaki head. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and hop flavors. Full body and coffee finish.
Dfonorow (1223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is dark brown/close to black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of malty chocolate, coffee, and roast. Flavor is light cappuccino, coffee, and licorice. Very thin for the style, texture is more like a porter.
yespr (29691) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at City Tap House. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and caramelish, chocolate dense too. Light fruity, toasted malty and caramelish. Bitter, roasted and light herbal finish. Dry and bitter finish.
BlackHaddock (3201) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taken at the brewery tap on 5th Feb 2013: this 8.6% ABV version was on offer during ’Strong Beer Month’, so I thought it only right to try one (along with the other 8 beers and 1 cider).
Black, going to dark, deep brown: the head a tanned foam.
Coffee and dark chocolate taste and smell: not too ’in your face’, but very noticeable, even after a few ’heavy’ brews have been already been quaffed. Liquorice notes arrive once your senses take in the coffee and chocolate esters.
Pleasant without blowing my socks off: neither rich nor creamy in the mouth, instead a mild hop bitterness takes over and that appears to thin out the body somewhat mid-mouthful. Interesting and different (for a visiting Brit).
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Max’s. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee malt, roast notes with woody and earthy hops, prunes and licorice. Flavor is malt dominant with dark chocolate and coffee with dark fruits, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
anders37 (15596) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, licorice and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish with hints of licorice.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Brownish black pour, chocolate and coffee aroma, similar taste, but really thin for the style. A lot going on, but it just doesn’t come together well.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub. Motor oil pour, thick looking and resinous, with a modest cappucino head. Nose is quite sweet, with faint coffee syrup notes. Body is far thinner than the appearance suggests, and the beer was actually a bit difficult to drink - it was WAY too sweet and imbalanced, needs time to sort itself out.
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/10/10. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Lots of coffee in the nose along some chocolate malt. Nice, but could use more oomph. Flavor is sticky syrupy sweet. Good coffee flavor, but the sweetness is way too much. Diabetes (or Diabeetus) in a glass.
brokensail (9959) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A: The pour is nearly black with a thin ring of tan foam and some streaks of lacing.
S: The nose is quite nice, lots of roasted malts, burnt sugar, chocolate, and a lot of coffee.
T: The coffee is dominant up front and is immediately followed by a diabetes inducing sweetness. There is some roast underneath the aforementioned flavor, but the sweetness is just too much.
M: The body is maybe a little thin for an RIS. Carbonation is soft and smooth.
D: I had to try to pour some IPA into this to make it drinkable as the sweetness was just far too much to handle.