lownote (89) - USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black from bottle with tons of head. Smells smokey and a bit chocolatey. Med/light mouth feel with lots of carbonation. Taste is roasted goodness with flavors of chocolate and chicory. Sweetness and a little hop as well.
sinfull (852) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisly underrated . Black color , medium beige head . Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Balanced taste of roasted malt , caramel and earthy hops. Decent ale.
docsteigs (527) - Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprised by the ratings below I thought this was a very solid beer. Pours very black with a nice lacy head. Aroma is somewhat subdued not as roasts as I would expect. Taste is very well-balanced rich toasty coffee chocolate. Very complex for a session strength beer. Finishes refreshing.
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ttoadee (664) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, minimal head. Nose is heavy roasted grain. Little sweet. Middle is coco. Finish comes in dry and roasty. Not bad.
kevinator (972) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was better than the average rating indicated. However, I was somewhat surprised that it was classified under Belgian ale. This was almost like a mix between a schwarzbier and a Belgian. Faint caramel malt aroma. Dark brown color with a sustainable head. The palate was actually favorable with a weight and solidness I enjoyed. Flavors were subdued with caramel and burnt sugar flavors. A certain roasted character also came out with a hint of Belgian yeast. Not a great beer but better than expected. This was batch 5 and from what I understand the original releases left a lot to be desired. Hereís to getting better at your craft.
bhensonb (11234) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is dark malt with a touch of cocoa nib type chocolate. Med body or so. Flavor is earthy, dark malt and not much coffee - but a little bakers chocolate seems present. Earthy, unsweet chocolate. Not really very bitter, except for the earthiness, and Iím not getting much in the way of fruity ester. Maybe a little yeast/spice. Yeah, sort of like Iíd imagine a Schwarzbier made with Belgian yeast. Donít know why it has such a low rating, except perhaps it is very different. Iím a drinkin it all!
cbfobes (2304) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at GTMW ticket line, pours a very dark brown with a thin head, the aroma is of light chocolate with maybe a little bit of coffee poking through, the flavor is light and watery with some chocolate in the finish, not sure what to think of this one.
monk191 (980) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
They call it a belgian dark, but a little boring and watery. Pours a cloudy black with a bubbly tan head. Smells a bit of cinnamon. Taste is watery, like a black lager, with nothing really standing out. Paired with deep fried macaroni and cheese balls, nothing changes. Had in the bottle.
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with tons of head. Smell is roast malt and coffee. Taste is dry cocoa chalky chocolate. Pretty tasty. Very drinkable. Dry and not very hopped. I like this one quite a bit.
BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Medium tan colored head. The body (as the name suggest) is completely black and delightfully sinister looking
Heavy roast notes and cocoa- not a really powerful nose, but makes me want to take my first sip even more to find out what is underneath
Very malty, coffee grounds, slightly bitter and perhaps some traditional Belgian Character to it. All of this is accompanied by a very long, persistent and extremely good finish. Very light mouthfeel and very drinkable.