SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black brew with a tall, lasting dark tan head.
Roast malt makes up the aroma.
Roast bitterness with little hop bitterness or flavor.
Rich smooth and full bodied.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle courtesy of illidurit. I’m excited that we finally have this available locally because Beer Here is rocking it. I was a big fan of Mörke pumpernickel porter, but this is probably just as good. I went into this expecting a black IPA, but found a very nice hoppy stout, with all the necessary malt richness to carry the generous hop bill. Pours solid black with a tan head. The aroma is solid chocolate-filled orange as David already suggested below, with some caramel and light smoke. Very malty smelling, with that nice orange hop fruitiness. The flavor is dark chocolate and roasty with a bitter hoppy edge and a dry finish. Medium bodied with a smooth texture. Really tasty stuff, and as much a hoppy stout as anything.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good, a little different than usual. Tastes like a hoppy porter. Starts with heavy, chocolate malts and then a good dose of hops kick in for a lightly bitter finish. Full bodied. Porter like aroma.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha. Pours Dark dark brown with massive dark tan head. Nose is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts with good amount of hops and citrus. Flavor is heavy wht roasted malts and chocolate but has big citrus and hops flavors. This is not a black IPA. It is more of a heavily hopper porter or stout. Pretty good stuff regardless of style.
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy Guy411. Pours nearly black with chocolate brown corners and a finely carbonated dark tan head. Aroma is like those Ghirardelli chocolate squares that have orange cream inside. Candied citrus and milk chocolate. Flavor is very rich chewy chocolatey malts with a light smokiness and a hop character that is more piney and herbal than fruity. Big solid bitterness without any astringency. Smooth slick mouthfeel.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 1/2/2010. This American Strong Ale pours a eclipse black color from a 50cl bottle. Large sized tan foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and hops. A medium bodied ASA. Malts are chocolate and roasty, with a weird touch of ice tea. Hops are floral and citrusy. Nice balance. A decent amount of bitter. More in the Black IPA category. Nice slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
kromamc (191) - ITALY - JAN 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
liquirizia a piu nn posso!! al naso è gia molto presente ma anke accompagnata dai luppoli.. in bokka esplode in un sapore uniko di liquirizia molto persistente ke dura parekkio con un bell amaro finale... un po squilibrata ma gradevole..
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5 L Bottle. Pours black with a filmy off-white head. Amazing aroma of bittersweet chocolate, licorice and hops. Lots and lots of hops, both earthy and citrus. Initial flavor is dominated by deeply roasted malt and licorice. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Mouth feel more reminiscent of a porter than a stout.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
Good black body with a tan head. Big coffee, huge dryness, plenty of bitterness and some gorgeous hops. Slight ethanol and prickly alcohol. Great length. Good hops, good malt, excellent beer. Fantastic label too!
dogfish120love (1106) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown almost black with a thick frothy medium/dark brown head. The aroma given off is a combo of sweet and sour. the beer smells like it was wet hopped. Notes of coffee and caramel are present with a hop finish. The palate is slightly creamy. The initial flavor is that of a imperial stout/ strong porter, but the finish is rather well hopped.