Theis (12480) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home - Tasting. Black - brown bubbles. Burned, licorice, high malty, ok bourbon notes, nice sour cherries, lovely, smooth, light milkey and toasted notes, chocolate. Lovely.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick, opaque black with a thin tan head. Dark, full caramel aroma with bitter chocolate roastedness, vanilla, oak, and Bourbon elements. The flavor follows directly from the aroma profile with the addition of some dark fruit elements. The body is thick and rich and delivers the intense flavor profile heavily on the palate.
gordonrivers1 (21) - USA - OCT 11, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
very dark oily color. The cherries and cocoa flavors and aroma are perfection together. Quite a beverage.
storminorman (76) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful black pour. Smells like chocolate berries and chocolate.
Strong sweet taste with bitter chocolate. I can drink it all day.
onceblind (3529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle during Euclid Hall’s Midnight Breakfast, Thursday 2011 GABF. Pitch black with a thin dissipating head. Heavy aroma of sour cherries, deep dark chocolate, a bit of cinnamon, espresso, and sticky bun. Big boozy flavor, but even the alcoholic phenols have a deligtful flavor. Roasty chocolate, boozy sour cherries, cinnamon, oak, and burnt caramel. Complex as all heck and delicious to boot. Just a little too heavy on the booze. Otherwise this is sublime.
zizzybalubba (1301) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap for the GABF Tappings at the Avery Tap Room on September 28, 2011. Pours black with a short, creamy khaki head. Aroma of toasted oats with only a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is of dark chocolate and light espresso with a finish of sour cherry. Beautifully blended. The alcohol is very present. Full bodied. Outstanding.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle) clear espresso brown with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of oatmeal cookie, cherry, bourbon, wood splinters, brown sugar, a tiny bit of alcohol, maple, very rich and complex nose. Taste of rich chocolate, cherry, alcohol, raisin, sweet chocolate, nice and woody. Very complex here as well. Extremely unique and awesome.
notalush (4574) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge thanks to Aaron for sharing - dark brown to black pour, with an impressive lace for something with such high abv - loads of earthy cherry in the nose (skin, flesh, pit) - light oak and chocolate - smells fantastic - flavor is pretty hot - I know it is 15%, but it sure does burn - cherry flavor is fairly dull at this stage - not at all as vibrant as the in the nose - surprisingly dry, with lots of roastiness and char - some moderate chocolate truffle sweetness on the tail end works okay with what little cherry is left - lots of heat in the finish - wish it tasted as good as it smelled - perhaps if I had it fresh? - seems to be declining fast.
arminjewell (5558) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle huge thanks to Aaron for this. Pour is black as night, with a thin tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, cherry skin notes, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, some dark fruit, slight alcohol but not much for a 15% brew. Taste is a slight hint of some nice cherry, lots of dark fruit, roast, chocolate and coffee in there as well, some slight booze notes but a nice dry bitter finish. Good stuff.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a bottle at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration. The appearance is a midnight black hue with a tiny brown head. The nose is pretty tame with some cherry and malts coming though in low doses. The flavors are tasty and pretty unique. Sweet and sour cherries, currants, nice roastiness hidden behind the sour. The mouth is full with a creamy tart thing. Fantastic beer.