bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown/blackish beer with a big brown head. Chocolate and light roast aroma with toffee. Chocolate and light vanilla flavor with light caramel, light roast, and light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Chooclate and light roast lingers with light vanilla and light caramel.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, brown head. Chocolate aroma, light sour mash, prunes, raisins. Flavor is lightly tart, chocolate, sour mash, almost a grapey note.
AirForceHops (2374) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as black as raven’s eye. Thick full beige Head. Lacing coated the glass like snow coats the earth in a New England snow storm. Aroma is of dark fruit like prunes, figs and raisins. Slight alcohol in the nose. Taste is of raisin upfront with a hint of chocolate and coffee in the finish. If you let it linger too long on the tongue the alcohol is noticeable. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy in the finish. If this beer was offered as a full time brew, I would recommend this to any stout lover. Awesome!
LiteWait (267) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours as black as raven’s eye. Thick full beige Head. Lacing coated the glass like snow coats the earth in a New England snow storm. Aroma is of dark fruit like prunes, figs and raisins. Slight alcohol in the nose. Taste is of raisin upfront with a hint of chocolate and coffee in the finish. If you let it linger too long on the tongue the alcohol is noticeable. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy in the finish. If this beer was offered as a full time brew, I would recommend this to any stout lover. AirforceHops was kind enough to share a glass or two to with me.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Milltown. I loved the shit out of this beer. Pours a dark black with two fingers of dense creamy chestnut tan head. Nose shows black cherry skins, licorice, and tart fruit with some charred oak and rich dark chocolate over hints of caramel and mocha. Flavor is awesome and shows licorice and cherry skins with burnt wood and sweet vanilla on the back of the tongue. Lovely tartness and acidity with a full body and creamy mouthfeel.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A couple 12oz pours at Milltown. Big black with one-finger steady tan espresso head and lots of lace and legs. Nose is coffee, cocoa, alcohol, smoke, tobacco. Flavor is deep and balanced pretty well with a hefty, but not overwhelming alcohol presence, more bittersweet cocoa, hops, coffee, smoke.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml bottle; pours dense black with thin, foamy dark tan head; silky sweet chocolate, light coffee and very sweet medium roast; raw choco powder too and a little bit of brown sugar mixed with butter; plenty of legs from the head; surprisingly astringent on first sip given how sweet the aromas are; has a strange, almost vegi kind of flavor to it; chocolate for sure, but a little celery; rich choco butter, very mild metallic note; has an odd mouthfeel to it and something seems off; get some peanuts with a very mild sour note; note sure here as this has been in the fridge since the release; early get disappointed by Allagash like this
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Totally black colour, nice light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits. Good filling mouthfeel. Flavour of roasty malt chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla and some alc.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 cc from Capone’s. Pours dark black with 3-finger brown head. Nose is roasty dark malt, dark choc, graham cracker, cashew, and funky yeasty. Tastes of roasty dark malt, some spicy, nutty brown sugar, cacao, dark chocolate, and fig. Very complex, rich, a bit unorthodox and I dare say presenting odd flavor and palate combinations as it warms, but very good, and a beer I’d gladly buy again.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a nice head. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, fudge, and clove. The flavor has chalk, chocolate, mineral, fudge, spice and clove. Cheapskate champagne yeast? Good, but not great.