ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 4/1/13. My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. Itís not the thickest looking pour Iíve seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. Thereís even some lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. Iím really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too.
T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - itís almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like itís every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, itís the lack of impressive depth thatís the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character.
M: It doesnít feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything thatís occurring within the flavor profile.
O: Right now, itís pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.
arkurzynski (1591) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with orange-khaki head. Aroma of minty hops, roasted malt, tobacco, and bitter chocolate. Flavor is deep roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, molasses, caramel, and some dark fruit. Almost a wood-like dryness on the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden for the ABV. Rich, coating mouthfeel.
markextrae (1322) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle by a friend. poured a dark black colour with a nice fluffy tanned head. lotís of dark bitter chocolate in the nose, caramel, booze, dried red fruits, murky coffee, roasted malts, cherrie, plums, fluffy hops, licorice, bit salty, raisins, spiced alcohol note, sticky mouthfeel, the appearance looked very promising, but it was a bit of a disappointment. and I canít get those high avg ratings... I donít even think the BA version of this one can get close to the uncle jacobs stout
solidfunk (4491) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, wonderful beer. Definitely better than the Uncle Jacobís and for me a little better than the Tweak. Pours black with decent mocha head and lacing. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate with coffee. Very bitter finish. Thick pour, a little oily but no syrupy sense - surprising for high alcohol. Great stuff. Tap at Churchkey Avery event.
Christpuncher (1395) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Starts with a super chocolate and cherry punch. Has some grape notes. Slightly boozy which is amazing since it is 17.1 percent alcohol. Pours black with a thick tan head. Had a bottle pour at home
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jsnicholas (249) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 12oz $10) Batch 9: nearly black with big brown head. Taste chocolate mostly, some dried fruit and Coffee. Then some warming. Very nice.
merc7186 (2250) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #2, bottled Nov 2006
Aroma: Bourbon, Black Licorice, Dark Fruit
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, No Lacing
Taste: Rum, Dark Fruit, Chocolate, Anise
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Gerbeer (2002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Batch 9. Pours black with a fine tan head. Aromas of black coffee, heavily roasted malts, alcohol, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Rich flavors of dry dark chocolate and espresso with a bit of cherry liqueur. Hot finish. Great.
Concealer (838) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a thick, brown head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, plum, raisin,vanilla, and coffee. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, licorice, plum, raisin, coffee, and vanilla. Full bodied, smooth with a warm end.
devman171 (1051) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 Bottle pour thick black with big dark tan head. Aroma is rich roast, dark fruits, slight sweet. Taste is similar with big intense roast and a sweet boozy finish, hard to finish a bottle though
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"i agree with the last rating, but at a lower level...at the start, the alcohol seemed like half of itís 16%, but was more assertive by the end. Never did it taste like a 16%-18% beer, though. I thought the sheer complexity of the aroma and flavor were nice, although it wasnít as smooth as World Wide from DFH, but maybe more complex. Dark, chocolate covered fruits, coffee, slight smoke, molasses. hops. A big sipping beer in every way, with a lasting finish. Well done."