b3shine (2229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks jmikolich). Looks solid; cola with razor-thin light beige lacing (when swirled) and very little carbonation. Smells solid too; malt and rye. Tastes like it smells with some spiciness (presumably from the rye). Average on the palate with a dry finish. A little thinner than I’d prefer, but still a solid beer.
Atom (987) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to jmikolich, pours a dark brown/black with no head. Aroma of slight rye, molasses, and chocolate. Smooth texture, with hints of rye spice throughout with a nice not overbearing or harsh roast, sweet chocolate, there is just a hint of bitterness and spice on the finish. Easy drinking, really nice!
northropfrye (1346) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoyed this, though I had it along side Black Note, so probably not a fair comparison. I didn’t get a huge "rye" flavour here, that element was more subtle than I was expecting. Overall, though, a high quality stout.
ekoerper (548) - Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate and spicy rye nose, roast malts and hints of coffee. Black in color with a tan head, decent retention and nice lacing. Smooth coffee and roast flavors, spicy rye bread and chocolate, low bitterness, great balance, smooth chocolate finish. Medium to full body, silky texture. Nice.
ESBob (245) - Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bells. Pours a dark black with slight chocolate foam head. Aroma is an earthy roast malt. Very light chocolate and the taste is very smooth roast malt, some spice notes apparent. Reminds me a bit of a black lager. Very good!
Jethro6191 (330) - Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Some lacing. A subtle roasted malt aroma. Roasted grain, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate flavors with just a hint of the spicy rye flavor that I was expecting. Still a very good beer. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation and a dry finish.
JoeinEscazú (1324) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - MAY 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Great Taste. A smooth black beer that is sweet enough to be naughty and comforting but stops well short of cloying. Light on the roast, bigger on the chocolate. Has a grainy edge but pepper or spice notes from the rye were not obvious. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
jcweaver (697) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and spicy rye. Flavors of roasted malt, rye, caramel and salty licorice. Not as roasty as some stouts and little to no coffee/chocolate flavors. Still, interesting and pretty tasty.
dcschiller (1994) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At hungry monk. Pours black with espresso head. Aroma has fudge, cocoa, spice. Taste Is sweet with spice and bitterness. Medium bodied. Dry finish. Good.
jkwood04 (2282) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in a tulip. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some rye, some chocolate and coffee, and floral hops. Flavor about the same. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.