argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2010
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, anise, roast, some milk chocolate, light cherry. Taste is sweet, boozy/vinous, anise, some chocolate. Sticky full body, low carbonation.
screigh (511) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally poured with a think chocolaty head. It went away quick and it could easily be mistaken for a cola in my glass. I can smell the alcohol in it. It has a slight astringent smell too. A hint of chocolate and malt. First sip and wow is this thing in your face! It does feel a little wattery in the mouth for how aggressive it tastes. I do get some licorice and it has bitterness in the finish. Alcohol in the taste. Sweetness of the malt come through too. My initial reaction was that this tasted like on year of Dark Lord before it mellowed. This is really great and for those that canít get Dark Lord, get this. I think it is very close.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark brown with a fleeting thin head. aroma is roasted malt, some smoke, and a little sweet n tartness. mouthful has big flavors that are all over the map.... tart, smoke, roast, dried fruit, touch of anise... this has huge flavor, but could use some time to mellow... find direction. nice now... potential for greatness...
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle big thanks to blutt59. Dark ruby pour. Slight ring of white head. Smell has a heavy malt aroma with darker roasted notes. Flavor is explosive! Large sweet malts with caramel, brown sugar and solid chocolate. Sharp notes provide an attractive edge. Finishes smooth and chocolatey. Damn.
markas101 (2005) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Ink black colour, active carbonation and a thin dense head clinging to the glass. Licorice, bourbon and coffee on the nose. Sweet and syrupy, very mellow for the strength, with a nice alcohol pinch at the end.
undsioux7 (848) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown highlights and a medium tan head. Aroma of molassas, roasted malt and a bit of licorice. Taste is roughly te same with the molasses hiting up front and the licorice coming on in the end. Alchohol is present. Medium mouthfeel. Nice
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I made a homebrew exactly like this once, and thought it was an utter flop! This has WAY too much molasses and licorice flavor... after the first sip i was done.
rickrazum (8) - Geneva, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís a dark beer, good aroma, little bit of chocolate and maybe molasses on the nose. Creamy with a good mouth feel. Alcohol is not as strong as I thought it would be. I plan on aging these.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Bottle. So, this one has been a long time coming. Has it been worth the wait? Simply put, no it has not. Black? More like dark brown. Dense? Donít know about that. Rich? Flavor, and aroma especially, are pretty weak. I mean, Iím not calling it bland.... And there is some nice roastiness in the finish, Iíll give it that. But the alcohol is ever present, and fairly unpleasant. Mouth feel is less than amazing. I donít want to call it thin because itís not, but it doesnít have that velvet texture I wanted it to. I sampled this next to an Expedition, and I have to tell you the Expedition utterly blew the 9000 out of the water. It was no contest in every category. Right now, nothing special AT ALL. I wouldnít call this a drain pour, but itís not something Iíd purchase again if it were a regular offering. Iíll save my other bottles for a couple years and revisit to see if itís improved. Perhaps on draft itís got more creamy, rich, fullness. Really disappointed. I expected more from one of my favorite breweries. Iím probably being generous giving this a 2.8 rating.
Update Feb 2011. Iíll admit itís improved. Nothing Iíd buy on a regular basis. Itís less hot, more creamy than I recall it being a year ago. So, Iíll bump the score up a little.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bigeloís Bistro. Perhaps the most rich and creamy beer I have ever had. Not a big nose. Black with a medium sized brown head. Flavor is full of molasses which made for a sweet beer. Dark fruit came later. Alcohol throughout. Vanilla and chocolate. A delicious beer that felt decadent.