SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours deep black with tan head, very nice looking beer. Aroma is very balanced, dark roast and some coffee, light hop. Flavor of some coffee, dark roasted grain, malty, nice light hoppiness. Mouth feel is heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad at all!
nickd717 (3573) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours black in color with a huge brown head that strangely has two layers, a lower brown one and an upper tan one. Ridiculous retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, piney hops, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is very good, with all the characteristics of a roasty stout: roasted malt, caramel malt, coffee, and bitter chocolate, along with a blast of piney and resinous hops, maybe a little citrus too. Mouthfeel is very smooth and body is fairly full. Very nice beer overall.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours an oily opaque with a large airy dark beige head. Has a fresh grapefruity resiny hop nose supported by sweet dark caramel malt and dark chocolate. Starts with pretty good fullness and dark malty sweetness with some roasted coffee bean notes and a nice balance of citrusy flavor and bittering hops. An enjoyable and dangerously drinkable hoppy dark ale.
thornecb (4542) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with excellent retention slowly recedes leaving sheets to skim surface. Dark pit fruit, chocolate and espresso aromas. Creamy yet lively chocolate upfront turning to sweet resin and grapefruit and back to chocolate in the lasting finish.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle. Classic label, alien hops Men in Black style. Thick, black pour with a half inch layer of tan froth that laces beautifully. Loved the aroma, smells like freshly cut pine, roasted grain and chocolate chip cookies. Flavor is heavily roasted with significant char taste. A little chocolate and hop resin are present behind all that roast. Bitterness abounds throughout each sip, but isn’t overblown. Mouthfeel is medium, with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Sharp, dry and bitter finish on the back of the tongue. More like a very hoppy, roasted porter than an IPA to me. Enjoyed this one, but would have liked a little less roast and a more prominent hop flavor.
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a huge and fluffy tan head. Aroma is is of chocolate and citrus hops. Full bodied with high carbonation. Sweet flavor, bitter chocolate with a resinous piney/citrus hoppiness. Lingering citrus aftertaste. I didn’t think this one would work. It is unique, complex and tasty.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a huge dark brown head that leaves very nice lazings. Aroma is extremely hoppy and roasted with notes of caramell. Flavour is intense roasted and "green hoppy" with a dry caramell finish. Very flavourfull yet balanced, drinkable and fun.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours darker than northern Norway on the Winter Solstice at 2 am. Aroma is cigarette ash, cocoa, and coffee. Flavor is brackish coffee and cocoa, roasted nut, and a smoky hops finish. Thick and coating on the tongue. Very strong and assertive. No bull with this one.
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle purchased by my Dad at Zipps in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pour is a murky brown black, with a thick 3 inch deep tan head, which falls with beautiful coating. This was much darker looking than I was expecting, which is odd since it has the word "Dark" in its title. Aroma is roasted malt and bright fresh pine hoppiness. These two aromas really work together, melding nicely and fresh smelling. Taste is the roast up front with the pine and straw taking the middle and finish. Taste is really quite simple, just the two flavors, but as with the nose nicely melded. Palate is bright active carbonation with a medium to light mouthfeel and a clean bitter finish. Aftertaste reveals only a hint of alcohol. This was unique and well crafted beer, nice one. Pretty much a hopped up big porter, but super drinkable.
Beer4000 (4616) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 500 ml bottle sampled@RBNAG 2009, Vatlandsvåg. Completely black body with a big, foamy brown head. Strong aroma of hops, coffee and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt, rather bitter, citric and lots of coffee. A big and powerful beer, still very balanced and complete. Long, nice malty and bitter finish.