ReverendMoon (94) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours literally like oil out of a barrel. I can’t believe how thick and inky it came out. Feels the same way. Much deserved of it’s incredibly high rating. One of the better stouts I’ve ever had. Wow. Drink it!
Beardaxe (126) - - OCT 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black pour. Nice thick mouthfeel. Abv very well hidden. Didn't realize it was 10.5% till later. Taste is wonderful. Deep roasted background with some light sweetness and a moderate bitterness that folds in at the end. I've had it fresh, 1 year, and 2 year aged now. It gets better the longer it goes. Buy some and stash it away. One of the best non-barrel aged, easy to get stouts out there.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bartlebier (831) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Neverending tap sampler, Bell’s Eccentric Café, 31/viii/13. Upfront Malt fruitiness of figs and nuts on a viennese coffee underbelly, with a rum-raisin woody aftertaste. Smooth and complex: ABV serves aroma, assertive, astringent dryhop bitterness sets in later as if timeclocked, creamy chocolate malts as it warms. Definitely the suave & obscure standout beer of the range. Would love to revisit this bottled.
nielsedd (69) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-ounce bottle cellared since 2011. Pours a deep, deep brown with a very thin layer of mocha head. Almost no lacing. Smells of chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste of chocolate, candied fruit, raisins, and alcohol, with a hint of smoke. Absolutely phenomenal.
tillmac62 (44) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 7/26/13. Nice creamy mouthfeel with the 10.5% alcohol content well covered by the malty sweetness, hops and roast. A strong, but pleasant, aftertaste of roast and malt sweetness with that alcohol "burn". For such a "big" stout, this is exceptionally well balanced. One of the best stouts I have ever tried and, oddly, this one struck me as smoother than their Kalamazoo variant.
tectactoe (649) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle: squid’s ink black, no light getting through, with a super dark, deep tan head that shows excellent staying power and leaves behind some great lacing. Aroma is full of rich, bittersweet dark chocolates, highly roasted malts and barley, caramel, lightly sweet black licorice, a good bashing of some dark fruits, and a bit of balancing, back-end hops. Taste is great; sweet & burnt brown sugar, dark caramel, very light black licorice, sweetness in the form of over-ripe dates & figs, roasted cocoa beans, bitter espresso & coffee... bitter, creamy, lightly milky, thick. The ashy, leafy hop profile asserts itself nicely and plays well with the malt. Super thick mouth feel, huge body. Such an awesome stout. And what’s even more is that it’s available and local.
rosenbergh (5533) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo, MI.
Black colour with a small brown head.
Absolutely balanced aroma of oatmeal, malt, mild sweetness and mild hops. Roasted malt, hops, grain, mild bitterness and liquorice in the flavour. Superb! All 10.5% very well hidden. Absolutely great brew!
scotchzombie (173) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours headless into rich black with a finger deep brown sugar head - like an espresso. Some lacing even. First whiff was cocoa flower and then a touch of cinnamon/ malt. Taste is very rich with cinnamon and even floral notes giving way to roasted malt, just-burnt coffee and baked chocolate with just the right amount of bitter hop balance. The booze is there, but complementary. This is like drinking chocolate rum cake. The flavors are diverse and yet all blend so well that even the aftertaste is pleasurable. This beer has to be in the conversation among the world's best stouts.
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AndrewOD (15) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick, dark, opaque brown. Crisp, clean aroma with notes of citrus. Taste is excellent, initially sour that quickly dissipates to a smooth caramel finish. Finishes with a light flavor of dark chocolate and coffee.
gmb5127 (171) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 Simply amazing beer. Aroma is not as prevalent as I would have liked but still good. Kind of creamy, has a coffee and dark chocolate taste. Amazing beer.