JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely one of the worst "batch series" i have had. Way too sweet. Way too much licorice and molasses. Maybe will get better with age. But because it is Bells, and Kalamazoo rocks, and west coast Michigan rocks, it gets high points in my book. Glad I didn’t pick up the case I ordered. Sorry Ari.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a dark, murky brown with a very nice tan head. Aroma is very spicy, sweet, fruity, burnt caramel and some brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, spicy, malty, dark roast and burnt caramel. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, this is a very tasty stout, I very much enjoyed and want another!
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost black with a red tint. Aroma is amazing with hints of licorice, molasses, cherry, chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is just as complex with an aftertast of alcohol and molasses. Warms as it goes down. It’s a shame they just did one batch. This is really fantastic stuff.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy reddish brown with a fully receding off white head. Notes of plum, raisins, tofffee, vanilla, leather, smoke and dark fruits. Full to heavy bodied and alcoholic with soft carbonation.
Beerman6686 (5151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this is some heavy stuff! This poured very dark brown, but not pitch black like I would expect, with basically no head at all. Aroma was off dark fruits, molasses, some peanut butter, soy sauce, and chocolate. Flavor was extremely sweet, lots of chocolate, dark fruites, cherries specifically, molasses and alcohol. very complex brew, and much like most other reviews, i think this one will be more incredible with some age.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Dakine. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is distinct with raisins, molasses and anise. The flavor centers on those aromas, add to that a great deal of brown sugar and some earthy hops. There is also something in there that gives this overtly sweet concoction a bit of tang. The palate is full, syrupy and smooth. The finish is long and sweet. Overall: I very much liked this, I’d like to cellar a few.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the Woodshop 5.0 tasting.
This pours black with flavors of molasses, some soy with a tanginess.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice legs. Poured a very deep brown color with a small tan head and legs with each swirl. Nice complexity to the aroma. Chocolate, smoke, sweet roasted malt, hops, cola and alcohol. The flavor was sweet with plenty of roasted malt, chocolate, maple syrup and licorice. Hoppy finish with a medoium to full body. Very warming in the chest but hides the alochol flavor.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan ring. Aroma is very sweet, with black licorice, molasses, brown sugar. Taste is sweet, with a bit of balancing hops. Oily and rich mouthfeel, with mild carbonation. A bit boozy in the finish. Overall a very rich and sweet impy stout, will probably be quite good with some age on it.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle at Woodshop 5.0, courtesy of ryan and company. Thanks, guys! Pours a very dark brown sugar color with oily yellow edges; heavy and oily and viscous; mostly headless. Huge amounts of boozy brown sugar, caramel, fruit leather, and warming vinous alcohol; too sweet and boozy for my tastes. Medium-to-full body: lots of viscous, heavy brown sugar and dried dark fruits; incredibly sweet and seemingly underattenuated, approaching the mouthfeel and tooth decay of Dark Lord. Long finish of bitter chocolate, charred malts and hints of licorice; best part of the beer.