slowrunner77 (9602) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Anise and coffee main aroma and flavor components - a little bitter, big ish body. Good if not quite great impy.
Homer321 (4020) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at source. A modest woody overtone of light red wine as well. Deep molasses and tar. Very earthy and tobacco. Pitch black pour. Taste is high in boost and modest tobacco and dried figs. Sherry like oxidation. Decent enough.
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the brewpub, Healdsburg, 04/02/16.
Pitch black topped with a dirty tan swirl.
Nose is rich dark fruits, liquorice, coffee, roast malt, molasses, tar.
Taste comprises chocolate sauce, hoppy underpin, roast malt, liquorice, sticky fruit, big malt backbone.
Full bodied, oily mouthfeel, boost in the climax.
Solid enough impy if a touch sweet and boozey.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Zeitgeist in SF. Pours black with a brown head. Aromas of molasses and dark chocolate. Flavor is oodles of sweet cocoa powder mixed with chocolate syrup, a lightly roasted finish with some bitterness but not much booze.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Toffee and rich malt aroma. Rich malt and olight toffee flavor with light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Rich malt and light toffee linger with light fruitiness and light roast.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Sweet floral citrus, cherry, and caramel aroma and taste with some grainy phenolic notes and a thick sticky palate. Nice hop character but Iím not wild about this overall.
joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is dense fudgy chocolate with a good amount of dark fruit cherry and plum. Not a lot of roast. Baked bread and a hint of anise. Flavor is very nice dark fruity figs, dates, cocoa with a potent dirty ashy roasted finish. Interesting beer.
onceblind (6909) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Black with a thin light khaki head. Interesting aroma of light chocolate malts, and cinnamon French toast, with a touch of molasses. Taste is dark and chewy sweet, and a little warm. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, anise, light cinnamon, and a dark fruity essence that isnít really pronounced, but itís quietly there.
Camons (9822) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, little dark fruit. Taste is malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, strong boozy. Full body, soft carbonation, alcoholic finish. 090312
Ratman197 (12938) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of nail polish remover, bitter chocolate and roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of nail polish remover, bitter chocolate and light roastiness with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.