illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown/black - limited, tan head. Great aroma, licorice, with hints of alcohol. Sharp flavor, will likely mellow with age. Licorice, dark fruits, a touch more hop bitterness than I expected. I’m guessing that a year or two of cellar time will make this taste more like 3F Black Sun Stout. Very nice beer.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, pine, caramel, molasses, raisins, and nuts. Flavor of roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, molasses, coffee, honey, and caramel with a sticky mouthfeel. A lot going on in this beer, although somewhat unbalanced. Hope it improves some with age.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
Pours dark brown to red with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet malt with some cherries. The alcohol is also present. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty good, but overall this beer is too sweet to be a great beer.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Tap at the Happy Gnome, St. Paul, 2/1/2010: Black color with a large head. Aroma of black licorice, anise, heavy roasted malt and a bit of oak. The licorice is fairly strong in the taste. Plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. Very thick mouthfeel. After warming, some light coffee and very light mint. Excellent. Glad I have a bottle or two to age. 7/5/9/4/17
Re-rate, 2/1/2011: Time to see how a year in the bottle has done this one. Black color with no head. Aroma of licorice, rich malt, molasses and roasted barley. Strong molasses taste. Rich malt, moderate roasty bitterness. Almost a chalky mouthfeel. A slight soy sauce character. 9/5/7/4/17
Re-rate, 11/22/11: Right about a year and a half in the bottle. Black color with a very small head. Strong and sweet malty aroma, with chocolate and nearly-burnt sugar. Slightly rummy. Much more rummy in the flavor. Strong malt and molasses. Sugary. Fairly strong roast, bitter chocolate. Lighter molasses and licorice. Terrific and enjoyable. 9/4/8/5/18
Re-rate, 9/15/2011: And about two and a half years. Black color with no head. The licorice and sugar still pour out before the cap is even completely off. Rum, prune and soy sauce. Flavor of licorice, rum, sugar, malt. The rum has died down a bit. Body has thined out a fair bit. Still bitter chocolate and molasses. 8/4/8/4/17
BMan1113VR (7770) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Batch 9000 coincidentally. Pours with a deep brown body and a tan head. Aroma is powerful with alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruits, port, more nasal burning alcohol, and sweetness. Taste is alcohol and super sweet, kind of syrup like with brown sugar and currants. Creamy carbonation. I normally like these super high, boozy, sweet imperial monster stouts, but I wasn’t really enjoying this one. Might need some more age, but its kind of messy right now. DFH WWS really blows this one away at the moment.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of salty soy sauce character with some raisins, roast, and bitterness. I hop this ages like the bottle suggests.
Drake (7834) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep, dark brown color appearing black in the glass with a thin brown had that is very persistent. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, molasses. Taste is all kinds of rich maltiness... molasses, anise, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, with some bitter hop notes. Full bodied for sure, almost thick and viscous with a hint of carbonation. A little bit off balance and it borders on being overwhelming. Tasty beer and I’d like to see how it develops over the years. Good thing I got a case!
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours medium brown, opaque black in the glass with a tall yellow-tan head, only temporary lacing. Aroma has excellent travel, lots of dried fruit, especially figs, a touch of caramel harmonizes well with the alcohol. Flavor-wise, liquefied raisins with a hint of tootsie roll. Decidedly sweet, cinnamon spice and peaches hovering over the front, caramel linger. Covers its high alcohol content well, full body, smooth, warming.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black, opaque pour. Short, densely packed, brown head. Aroma is licorice, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt and candy. Taste is very sweet with big molasses and brown sugar, light licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, and candy. Some alcohol notes as well. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and slight warmth. Lots of stickiness due to residual sugars. Ends with more molasses and brown sugar, light licorice, candy, chocolate, alcohol and roasted malts. Very sweet. Some age might help this. Tasty nonetheless.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet malt, molassis and licorice. Taste is much the same. This beer has bite - but oh it is soo good. This beer will AGE well. I have a sixer here and hope to save 4 of these for years later. mmmmm I better hide these from myself.