jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very fast-dying light brown head. Aroma of cherries, tons of chocolate (55% cacao), robust nuts and earth, vanilla, peat, soap and even a bit of soy sauce - crazy complex. Medium to Full-bodied; Nice malty flavour with some fresh fruits, a bit of raisins, a lot of lactic notes, some vanilla and and a bit of an oaky and whiskey flavour at the finish. Aftertaste is quite complex with a good pit fruit flavour, some chocolate, a lot of roasted malt and a good smoky and peat finish that shows well. Overall, not as full-bodied as most in the style, but showing good flavour complexity still, and definitely worth trying if you can find it. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 28-April-2011 for US$2.79 sampled at home in Washington on the evening the Tigers won the ALDS (in 5 games over Oakland) on 11-October-2012.
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate foamy light beige head, nice lacing.   Looks fairly good.   Sweet ashy cocoa on the nose.   Make that big time ashy cocoa.   Very ashy on the tongue, semi-sweet, cocoa and bakers chocolate.   Not a soy or huge roasted malt bomb.   This is 11% ABV?   Not a big beer, fairly moderate.   Huge dusty/ashy cocoa and bakers chocolate on the tongue.   A little chalky on the backside.   Not hoppy, not heavy with soy, not roasty at all.   This is an interesting one in that its got lots of semi-sweet cocoa, bakers chocolate, with some ashy and chalkiness like no other.   Interesting beer.   Thanks Kevin for this one!
jkwood04 (3748) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, light beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and light coffee, doughy yeast, and some floral hops. Flavor the same, with a nice chocolate finish. Average to smooth texture. Not the best of the style, but a good beer.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of roastiness, coffee, bitter chocolate and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and light roastiness with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
JPDurden24 (1527) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with an off white head. Aroma is manly vanilla with some cocoa, taste adds some nice milk chocolate flavor to the mix. Pretty good!
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with thin tan head and some lace. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, coffee, Taste follows aromas with a creamy feel and long vanilla, chocolate and dry finish. Very tasty.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from bruisin’ labeled feb 2011 consumed 7/15/11.
pale pour for an imperial...porter brown with a small beige head.
aromas of sassafras soda, molasses, pretzel dough, light soy/umami, roast, chocolate, malt powder and a touch of tartness.
tastes like a dark chocolate covered pretzel...mixed with malt balls, soy/umami/savory and a strange sourness with a bit of roasty and hoppy bitterness on the finish.
it is thin for the style but quite drinkable as it is not sweet or syrupy.
it is really odd/interesting since it hits all spots on the palate...sweet, sour, salty and bitter...just not sure it was intended to do so. 7/3/7/3/13
matt86 (1) - - JUL 26, 2012 does not count
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Caramel, cereal, chocolate, coffee, roasty, earthy, smoke, woody, finish has slight alcohol taste
maxwelldeux (3452) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This one is so smooth that I can’t even handle it. Pours super dark and thick with a very minimal head. Hints of chocolate and coffee to the smell and taste. This is a great find.
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour. Sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma, and flavor is similar, very sweet and tasty without being too sweet. Medium, creamy bod. So good!