sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lingering deep tan head and lace that sticks like a snail trail. So black you can’t see through. Sweet roasty malts, slight mint, chocolate and slight alcohol on the nose. Rich and thick mouthfeel, bitter chocolate upfront, roasted malts and a little smokeyness. Long lingering finish, lips stick together from its sweetness but is definatly balanced with just the right amount of hops.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 coccocrisp old ass bottle, found a 6pack. no disappointment... creamy rich & smooth like an old man with ca$h. Im tripping through the darkness of your legnat layer, plush leather couches cigars ...class. i could swirl your sweet legs all night. some mtetle at the end.jayZ should rap bout you jigga... Re-rate 1/2/08 -Not bad.... not as great as i remembered soo much wine, bring down the overall (from 18 to 16) and the flavor (from 9 to 8) a bit
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Okay, this is the first beer that I have ever needed a glass of water to help go down. It makes the Expedition Stout seem refreshing! Really quite an experience, but all of the overall points are going to the extremely good aging potential that lies beneath this beer. I bought a case, drank one bottle, and won’t touch the remainders for at least a year or two. This will be an excellent beer in 2012-2017.
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smokey, strong, toasty and full of chocolate! Thanks daknole for nearly every dope beer I’ve had. Caracurtis, thanks for the rest!
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I horded a few singles out of the store for a private stock.
This beer pours a deep brown/black with an orange head that settles to a tan/pumpkin color with good, solid lacing.
The smell is nutty with a slightly acrid tone, but in a good way that gives it a slight bite. I get nuts, chocalate, coffee, english bitter toffee, deep malts, and molassis in the nose.
The taste is abso-fuckin-lutely awesome. Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee latte cream, and a buttered finish.
The mouthfeel is great; good punch off the start with a slight end.
A must have if you can find it.
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 The initial pour hit me with a sound that poped and crackled as soon as it came out the bottle. Pours a dark muddy black color with a thick chocolate milkshake look to it, has a smell of nuts, and almonds. The first taste bites the palate with a strong expresso taste that is a bit bitter and chewy. The alchohol is noticable and you get sort of a woody, dry smoked flavor that would make this a great beer for 12%. Some cocoa and dry cranberries seem to swirl into your mouth but the dont last as long as the first taste.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with lots of thick brown head. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee, and some vanilla sweetness. Very complex tastes. Some chocolate, vanilla, fruits, malts, and hint of alcohol. Wow, this is a great beer.
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark muddy black with frothy head, good lacing. Aromas of molasses, chocolate, cough medicine, tootsie roll... very complex aromas. Full bodied thick texture, drinking this you can guess what drinking chocolate syrup would be like. Flavor long in duration, moderately sweet start with alcohol ending. Beer had a whiskey quality, not a session beer. Excellent beer!
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a super thick opaque black. Like primordial ooze. Very little head, just a swirl of lace in the center of the pour. Mirror black in the glass. Roast and alcohol dominate the aroma. Taste is very complex with burnt dark fruit, chalky burnt roast followed by caramel and hop/roast bitterness. Very complex and very good. I had thins one quite some time ago, wish I could score another bottle.
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Black pour with a medium brown head that disapates to a lacy tan. Rich aroma with lots of oak, dark chocolate, molasses, dates/figs, and light alcohol. Rich and oily mouthfeel, almost chewy. Hints of coffe, roasted malt, chocolate, figs and ALCOHOL. A truly grand brew that unfortunaly, I will probably never enjoy again. A big thanks go out to Hopscotch for this one.