thebsmitty (135) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours kinda thick black with medium head that hooks. Smell is huge coffee, vanilla, cocoa. Taste follows with big coffee notes, vanilla, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is kinda thick. Tasty.
carolinewils81 (9) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really liked the coffee flavor, not overpowering. Smooth and dark. Definitely has chocolate flavors.
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate malt, prunes and dates, light vanilla notes, earthy and herbal hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, vanilla, dark fruits, light hops and medium hop/malt bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Scopey (6139) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Bruce’s Birthday batch @Craft Islington. Thanks to C-Dogg! It pours deep ruby-brown with a medium beige head. The nose is earthy, musty, coffee, dark chocolate and barnyard. The taste is coffee, toasty, earth, mild acidity, chocolate and light tang with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Fairly one-dimensional. OK, but I was hoping for more depth.
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
7th February 2014
Craft Islington. Brucie Boys Birthday Bash. Cheers to Mr Bois for this one. Almost opaque dark brown beer, good tan head. Palate is light and airy. Mellow dark malt, light tang and lactose. Touch of dark chocolate. Semi.dry finish. A bit dull but okay.
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle I brought along to Bruce’s Birthday Bash @ CBC N1, big thanks initially to Toby Kernel for passing this ’spare’ to me at the brewery, 07/02/14.
Mid black with a good sized tan head.
Nose is light roast, earthy, touch of cocoa powder, dark fruit pangs.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, cocoa powder, faint coffee, dark fruit lick.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close.
Ok drinkable offering but lacks any depth for the ABV, also not much coming off in the way of coffee, perhaps a little old ?
maneliquor (2995) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Bottle shared at Bruce’s birthday gig at CBC Islington. Cheers to Colin. Pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head. Nose is toasty biscuit, very milky chocolate and a touch of liquorice. Taste is nice and creamy milk chocolate, vanilla bean, sweet milk, touch soy-like - almost nutty sweetness. A very creamy drop. Solid, inoffensive stuff
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine-Triangle, Raleigh, NC. Pours very dark brown with a frothy khaki head. Wonderful aroma of rich coffee and dark chocolate with hints of light smoke. The flavor provides a lot of coffee and roasted malt flavor. Rather light bodied for a beer of this heft and substance. Above average in terms of coffee stouts.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roast and dark chocolate, up front, with developing layers of caramel, vanilla and black bread; just before the swallow there is a hint of graininess that continues to develop, along with the coffee tones, in the aftertaste
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crazy the variation in ratings. Nothing about his was offensive, off, or unintended. Rich, creamy, dreamy (yes, I went there). All Starbucks, Ghirardelli, Godiva, and split-vanilla bean. Really impressed and surprised. Didn’t expect much from the bottle but got a really solid brew! Cheers!