jstraw (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mahogany with big, foamy, brown head / Nose of root beer, tobacco, and chocolate / Medium to full body, somewhat winey and chewy, lively carbonation, with good balance, alcohol masking, and finish / Flavors of tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, root beer, banana, and vanilla / Interesting to compare to Allagash Black Stout.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, 1 oz sample at the GABF in Denver. Very dark black color, white lacing. Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts with grass. Aroma of flowers and grass. Balanced. Sticky body with low carbonation.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Sweet chocolate and mild coffee aroma. Sweet milk chocolate followed by bitter dark chocolate tastes with a cocoa nib finish.
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at Barcade Allagash event - unique is right intense cocoa, roasty chocolate and belgian yeastiness. finishes with a smack of vanilla bean and other spices. tasty.
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. Deep brown to black pour with a fizzy, reddish brown tan head. Little retention and little to no lace. Nose is massive smoke, peat bog, wet tobacco, licorice, char. Very intense. Taste is a bit astringent: charred wood, smoke, peat whiskey, moving to burning plastic and phenols. Pretty much a slap in the face and lacking in mouthfeel.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, and canned creamed-corn. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, cocoa, hops, resin, light creamed-corn, and slight wood. Medium to full body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Roasted malt, cocoa, resin, and hop finish is dry and lightly chalky. 10.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
tastybeer (1782) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Big flavor of tobacco with milk chocolate, sugar, booze, and something else I can’t quite place. Very good though.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Barcade. Wow- totally not what I expected- this is a very unique stout that is incredibly easy to drink. Pours a nice deep dark oily black with a nice creamy tan head with a moderate carbonation. Aroma is spicy, grassy, pepper, chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted spicy hot peppers, moderate chocolate malt, light sweetness, mineral, earth, dirt, and almost a solventy character that kinds smelled good? Flavor is light grass, spices, peppers, cocoa nibs, light oily chocolate, roast, nuts, tobacco leaf earthiness, almost minty with a slight hint of that weird bean that Tom Baker used to use in his Perkunos Hammer. Finish is dry earthy with more tobacco leaf and spice. Very unique beer that works!
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Global Liquors in Ellsworth, Maine. Super rich chocolate in all respects. Pours black with brown head. Light hoppy notes of flowers and pine. The palatte is very rich. The flavor of chocolate lingers on the tongue. Slight heat from alcohol but overall well hidden. Really a nice job here.
bhensonb (11529) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from South Bay Drugs. Pours black with a 3 finger really dark tan foamy head. Aromas of darker chocolate and I think treacle. Somewhat sticky with foamy, but not strong, carbonation. Flavor is gritty dark chocolate. It’s not really very sweet, so the chocolate really comes through. There’s a lot of bitter around tongue sides. The chocolate is strong in the finish. Drinks way too easy. In the end I’d say it isn’t sweet.