Pieboss (6) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Ruckus Morrisville. To heck with my usual morning g Starbucks. I’ll be tempted to enjoy one of these.
Stew41 (1724) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
How does $11 for a 750ml sound (pretty good for an Australian!). Mostly worthy of the hype; big picks of chocolate and roats and coffee, absolutely packed with primary flavours. Gets serious on the finish with some darker fruits and bitterness. Good candidate for aging.
kkleu357 (248) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2014 Deep dark body. Poured with a one inch head. Very sweet cocoa smell. Very sweet chocolate coffee taste. Very good. Would love to try the ba version.
jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oil black with a dark reddish tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bready and roast coffee. Taste is big. Very sweet up front highlighted by chocolate and cocoa. Alcohol warmth followed by a roasted bitter finish that dries out the sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy.
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bth122 (1226) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle. Nice presentation. Having while at Evol Grill. Poured a huge frothy head. Lacing on glass. Nice aroma of chocolate and coffee, vanilla. Wow, texture is amazing. Just melts in your mouth yummy. Nice warming alcohol. Dry finish. Taste same as aroma. Bitter finish. Super smooth roasted malt milkshake. Well done. Yum yum yum.
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Pterodiacetyl (55) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 3/12/13. Wonderful aroma- anise, roasted coffee, and chocolate. A little bitterness on the finish. Good beer.
mike_77 (2966) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@zebf 2014 - Aroma is dry and slightly woody. Smooth, oily texture. Lots of dry, roasted malts and booze with some coffee notes trying to get through too.
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
What can be said that hasn’t been said already? It’s a complex and strong drink. Very strong. I found the coffee notes to be struggling for prominence against the alcohol, with the alcohol clearly winning in the finish. I understand that this is considered a very well made brew, and that it is very much respected. But I no longer enjoy these kinds of beers. If I want to drink something this strong in the future, I would rather have a nice red wine.
JBPortland (635) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottled January ’14 pours dark rich black-brown witb big 3 finger moch head. Nose is boozy dark fruits, plum, fig, licorice, damp earthy coffee bean. Taste is silky smooth earthy roast coffee, dark fruits, dry chocolate bar, licorice, malty, touch of smokiness. Finish is smooth milky coffee, ashy cocoa, roast coffee beans, fruity. Great!
Maarten1993 (268) - - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. Drank this beer next to the barrel aged version so that might have negatively influenced my rating of this beer. It was mainly less sweet and bourbon-like, generally less rich, than the barrel aged version.