bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black with no head to speak of...I really question the categorization of this brew, but oh well. Nose is heavy on the raisin, plum, dark brown sugar and molasses angle with little else to note other than a hint of pipe tobacco. Super thick and oily mouthfeel...flavors start off ridiculously sweet and fruity and quickly meld in to the brown sugar and molasses bomb that seems to be the backbone of this brew. The licorice that’s mentioned on the label does make its presence felt but not to the point that it can trump the other characteristics. Good brew...though hard to drink a full glass.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Hazy brown pour with small brown head. Aroma is boozy, molasses, caramel, syrup, maple and a bit of cherries. Flavor is cherry, maple, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, pretty hot. This beer will be pretty solid in a year or so.
ilovedarkbeer (2539) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a deep chestnut color. Nose is hoisen suace, sap, and crystalized ginger. taste is similar with additional sweet soy. Interesting.
Nuffield (3905) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was brewed for me. When they were imagining a beer and the receipe for it, they said, "what would really appeal to Nuffield’s preferences?" And so they created this. Though perhaps not as dark as it might be--very dark but not pitch--the overwhelmingly sweet profile, the effect of the molasses, the moderate but noticeable alcohol driving the flavor throughout my mouth, the coating palate...it’s just so captivating. Great beer.
beerbill (3575) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle shared by goldtwins. Pours about the same color as prune juice with a rich brown head. Strong aroma of molasses and malt with noticeable licorice in the nose as well. The flavor is similar with again a strong dose of molasses and malt with mild licorice. The licorice really emerges in the aftertaste. Nice dense chewy mouthfeel which is totally appropriate for this beer. Very, very enjoyable. Thanks, Larry!
argo0 (12498) - 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 (533) - 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 can’t 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 (4043) - 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 (2085) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - 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.