BoostIPA (1105) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a thick oil stain black with almost no head. Aromas of anise, chocolate, raisins, liquorish. First sip reveals too much liquorish. Blah. Cloying, boring, meh. Fuck this garbage juice. Don’t seek this shit out.
Jabic (386) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ar: Raisins and molasses - booze - currant and soy sauce.
Ap: Deep brown, opaque - tiny light mocha head, leaves a thin ring and slight web.
T: Sweet, soy sauce - light charcoal, lots of raisins and booze - coconut and currants, a bit peppery - medium-high bitterness - tingling alcohol lingers into the finish, with pepper and burnt sugar.
P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium.
O: There is a lot of complexity in this ale, some really interesting flavors - but, the sweet soy flavor and higher alcohol flavors just dominate to the point where they become distracting.
olr1984 (918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a dark black with a small khaki head. big molasses dark fruit and a bit of raisin taste.
jbuskirk (301) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
As boozy at is black, Batch 9000 is something of an enigma. She has the shade and malt backbone of an imperial stout. Yet, she has the dark fruit character and brown sugar sweetness of a strong ale. Ah, to hell with it. This ale is rock solid, regardless of what it style it is. The brew is complex but easy on the palate. You’ll find yourself tasting it often - with different results each time.
HuskerTan (343) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Thanks Jay "GodOfThunder")
A- Molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, spices, raisins.
A- Black color, dark liquid, tan head.
T- Molasses, caramel, coffee, soy, cocoa, plums, raisins, licorice, malty, smokey, charred.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, robust finish.
O- A solid stout. I bet this only get’s better with age. Very robust flavors that would go nicely with a grilled steak. Deep and rich and very complex.
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at DLD 2013. Black with a small khaki head. Aroma of roast, caramel, bitter hops, resin, booze, and pine. Flavor is sweeter - pine, grass, chocolate syrup, burnt caramel, booze. Heavy alcohol in the finish.
rumproasts (2588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Michigan Winter Beer Festival - 22-Feb-2014. Near black. Big and boozy. Very malty and complex. It’s definitely rounded out a bit with age. Quite smooth for such a big beer.
Christian (10781) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a small off-white head. Slightly oxidized aroma of licorice, dark chocolate, coconut and Danish "brun lakridskonfekt". Sweet licorice and dark sugar flavour with a touch of chocolate
jandd1983 (2087) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a clear dark brown color with a beige head. The aroma was of raisins, dried fruits, caramel, coffee and alcohol with a hint of vanilla. The taste was sweet maltiness, coffee, alcohol and molasses. The backbone was of raisins, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Very well done.
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown pour. Shared by Greg (I think) @ Armin’s - malty nose with lots if dark fruits. Taste is nice - tons of dark fruit, malt and slightly sweet. Nice!
dfearnley (763) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Molasses, licorice, caramel, plum, candied fruit.
Dark opaque brown with a tan to brownish head.
Rum, raisins, soy, malt, and licorice. This is so rich and and balanced.