Travlr (13428) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at GAaBBF. Black, thick tan head with good retention. Aroma of burnt espresso and dark cocoa. Taste is coffee grounds, dark chocolate, light spice. Medium body. Very nice.
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially large, creamy/frothy, rocky, brown, fully lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (coffee, roasted grain, black bread, bitter chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of caraway, anise.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
An absolutely delicious beer...complex, enticing aroma, very clean, nicely textured and balanced, amazing head....it gets everything right without going over the top in any way. A class act.
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22. Pours black with a very brief burnt tan head. Big sweet nose, kind of fumey, smells like a bit of ethanol snuck in on this one. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Roasty dark bittersweet chocolate mid palate, again with the treacly sweet ethanol notes. Mild sweet finish.
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with tan foam. Tobacco, medium roast malt, chocolate aromas. Medium bodied. Nice dark roast, ash tobacco, black coffee flavors--good
kramer (5107) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a clear flat black body with a small foamy light brown head. The nose is really nice, roasty and chocolaty with an underlying caramel sweetness and a little coffee. The flavor is on the sweeter side for the style, but it’s not overly distracting. The finish is laced with a big of coffee and burnt malt, lingering coffee note. Medium to full bodied with a little clingy sweetness and a soft gentle carbonation level. Not a bad stout, but not among the best.
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich deep brown coloured body with a thickish, two to three centimetre tall frothy brown head - looking similar to a nicely poured Guinness. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, alcohol, milk, cream, grain, molasses and some more malt. Medium to Full-bodied; Very rich, caramely and chocolatey flavour with a ton of coffee flavours and bitterness and even more rich molasses, buckwheat, cherry and earthy malt notes - very rich and strong throughout the taste. Aftertaste shows a very rich deep chocolate flavour with a lot of coffee bitterness and hardly any sweetness, more of a vanilla and roasted flavour that dominates. Overall, a nice stout that borders on depth of a strong stout, especially with the thick body and complexity, but the alcohol by volume seems very nice and appropriate - almost too low. Definitely worth picking up if you can find this and don’t mind paying the ridiculously high price of ~10USD! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 04-October-2014 for US$9,95 sampled at home in Washington on 31-August-2014.
maxwelldeux (3806) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate light brown head on it. Nose is roasty and a little bitter with some noticeable dryness; I can also get some grains in there, decidedly oats. Taste is roasty and creamy up front, and a little on the dry end. However, the finish is slightly sweet. Not bad.
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the ’12 GABBF. Dark beer with a thick foamy tan head. Malted milk ball nose. Full flavored beer with flavors of malt powder malted milk balls, chocolate and some roasted grains. More alcohol flavor than the ABV would seem to indicate. Nice big beer.
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un flacon de 651 ml qui crache un liquide noir sur lequel s’installe une mousse généreusement collée. Malts chocolatés, lactose, grains rôtis et houblons terreux façonnent les parfums de ce nez qui m’intéresse. Malts et notes chocolatées brunes dominent cette bouche plutôt douce. Au palais, un corps qui me semble être de moyenne densité avec des bulles ajustées et une texture crémeuse. La finale est facile avec une très faible montée amère.
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with ring of head. Thick oaty aroma along with black barley and a smooth penetratingly deep roast, making for a thought-provoking combination. Rich synthesis of oats and dark roasted malts shape the robust, yet smooth body. Aptly suited for Alaskan winters. A lovely, hearty brew.