oRos (1545) - sacramento, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Color is black with tan head. Aroma is sweet and some coffee. Taste is molasses and roasted malt middle tongue is coffee with a Smokey finish.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma- molasses, rum-soaked raisins, oak, slight roasted notes
Appearance- pitch black with an off-white head
Taste- booze hits upfront followed by some oak, astringency, roasted notes, dark chocolate, and some more alcohol
Palate- heavy but not quite on par with the flavors
Overall- A hot mess mostly. Some redeeming qualities but not near enough to uplift this brew.
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head to it. Little smell, though I get some slight roasted notes to it. Dark roasted and malty notes to the taste. Not bad, but not my favorite in the style.
sjohnny (511) - - OCT 11, 2012
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No aroma whatsoever. Strange. Solid black with a thick tan head. Lots of lacing. Starts off with coffee and a little molasses. Slightly bitter. Not bad.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Lalo and Kyle. Pours black with light carbonation, small tan head. Nose is light roast, light medicinal quality, cocoa. Flavor is more medicinal, thin palate, ending boozy.
wilnatp (663) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stanley’s Beer Fest 10/6, BOTTLE. Aroma of chocolate, bread, dark fruits, herbs,spices and smoke/roast. Taste is sweet and full. Mouthfeel is smooth.
maekchu (3458) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Strong sweet chocolate aroma. Black. Sharp chocolate initial; tart dark fruit comes out in mid palate; finish has strong sweetness again. Medium body. Good stuff
KyotoLefty (9295) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Nose and flavors of cocoa, coffee, cola, berries. Somewhat phenolic, but well balanced and good, fruity, with rich roasty malts.
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep thick black color with a two finger huge light brown head. Aroma is dark fruit and light hops. Taste is roasted malts with hints of chocolate and hops.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce. Flavor has kind if an umami savoriness to it. I've had other beers that get soy sauce notes like this and I'd really like to know what causes it. Oxidation? Ok stout.