Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown-black color with a tall tan head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma has a strong liquorish and molasses note, overall a nice roasted malt nose, ending with a light chocolate and coffee bite. The nose as a whole has a very sweet note. Flavor has a very strong liquorish and molasses starting, some very smooth chocolate in the middle, mild prune notes late and finishes with a strong alcohol and overall sugary sweetness. Body is moderately heavy with very fine carbonation and a sticky palate. A mild dryness occurs from the high alcohol but the beerís alcohol doesnít come out as strong as I was expecting due to the high sugary feel. Overall a very good brew. The aroma is very full and is followed up by a hefty, sticky flavor. Flavors work very well together. Canít wait to see how well this one ages over the years.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with sparse off white head. Aroma of burnt sugar, molassess, coffee, roast. light alcohol. Flavor is strong and sweet. Almost a roasty chocolate mousse quality. Definitely sweet, though, but not horribly,. Iíve had much sweeter beers. This is quite nice, actually, as a slow sipper. Nice carbonation for the style. Alcohol isnít very noticeable. Iím actually going to cellar a few of these to see how that works out. I think it might actually cellar well.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is dominated by molasses. Not much else. No alcohol, maybe a touch of dark roast. But just straight molasses. Dense to heavy mouthfeel. This baby coats the mouth nicely. Maybe there is some oats in this is coats and is creamy. Flavor follows the nose and tastes mainly like molasses. Not much else. Iím a bit disappointed in the taste. Its pretty one dimensional to me. I get mostly molasses and a touch of dark roast and nothing else. I prefer this style to have layers of complexity and flavor and this doesnít have it. Overall it has a smooth finish so I rate it appropriately. Thanks Mike!
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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. Iím guessing that a year or two of cellar time will make this taste more like 3F Black Sun Stout. Very nice beer.
bu11zeye (12756) - 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 (6155) - 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 (4886) - 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 (7917) - 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 wasnít 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 (1867) - 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 (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 Iíd like to see how it develops over the years. Good thing I got a case!