bs476 (80) - - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at Stone’s "Pour it Black" event. Excellent ale, dark but with hoppy aromatics abundant. Would highly recommend.
JohnnyJ (4317) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, Light tan head. Bitter dark chocolate, sweetness, cherry, and light roasted coffee. Not world class, but I like it.
mcberko (6300) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of cocoa nibs, some licorice or anise, almost no roast and no coffee notes. Flavour seems vinegary and plasticy, infected bottle?, with some tart cherry, acetone, vinegar and no sign of the cocoa nibs. Is this right? Seems either infected or poorly put together. Not too enjoyable.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clean solid black with small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, grain. Flavour of soured cherry, chocolate, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee. Throat warmer. Quite abrasive, with a odd flavour i am struggling to locate.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Acquired in trade. Pours near black with nice, 1 finger espresso head. Aroma is dark chocolate, fudge brownie, molasses. Taste is sweet with a little roast and some light bitterness. Medium bodied and slick texture. Smooth and delicious!
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Poured deeper brown with a well-retained dark tan head. The aroma picked up lots of sweet, roasty cocoa and vanilla.. some tart, oaky accents.. some earthy accents.. mixed fruit really deep down. The flavor opened with sour chocolate and oak notes, with warm, sweeter cocoa, vanilla, and lesser coffee behind.. dry earth and leafy bitterness plus fairly bright oaky/metallic sourness around.. finished with more cocoa, a touch of tobacco, metallic sourness, and alcohol warmth. Heavier-bodied with thick carbonation on the palate.. I really enjoyed the chocolate, but the sourness seemed out of place and overly pervasive.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old bottle of mine. Been in the fridge for a while. Black pour chocolate head. Huge coco nose. Chocolate taste is big. Yum.
Butters (3747) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the stout tasting. Very awesome. Nose is average, but the flavor is smooth and complex, roast and vanilla, honey, bourbon, cocoa. Creamy chewy body. Very nicely done.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to adneilsen for sharing - black pour, with light ruby hints around the edges - nose of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla bean, light blueberry notes, lightly acidic black malt, a hint of smoke, dough - flavor of bittersweet chocolate, light acidity, roast, blueberry, caramelized sugars - finish is medium dry, ash and smoke - a nice, balanced imperial.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Aaron for the pour! 750 mL bottle is thick black with creamy tan head, aroma brings notes of big dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, hints of coffee, some slight yeast notes as well. Taste is a nice mix of dark chocolate, cocoa, some slight dark fruit, roast and wet coffee grounds notes, finishing fairly bitter, nice brew!