Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep caramel expresso flavor. Dark pour with lots of head. Very smooth. Little to no aftertaste.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours near black with creamy pale brown head. The aroma holds chocolaty roast, sweet liquorice and dark fruits (figs, prunes and sweet raisins) up front with undertones of spicy and grassy hops, vanilla fudge, earth, grainy bread, candi sugar and a touch of smoke. Creamy and rich on the nose. The flavor is light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter and light acidic with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, earth, grainy bread, caramelized sugar, mild hops, light spices and touch of smoke. The mouthfeel is round, light sticky and tiny tart with a soft carbonation. Tart, earthy and light fruity finish. Medium bodied.
_angst_ (4406) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours very dark brown, almost black, with a huge frothy and fluffy pale brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace and lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with toasted malts, prunes, raisins, vanilla fudge, alcohol, lemon zest, sweet dark bread, fruit cake, white wine, peppery wood, pears in brandy, fruity esters and hints of marzipan, cloves and white pepper. Taste is sweet, bitter, fruity and tiny metallic with heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, burnt caramel, prunes, raisins, resinous wood, overripe apples and pears, roasted nuts, alcohol, cloves, black pepper and hints of smoked chili, pipe tobacco and pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny oily bitter, tiny boozy, slightly tart and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and fruity with roasted malts, plums, overripe grapes, pears, cloves, marzipan, wet soil, wood, dark bread and hints of pine. Interesting and quite good. Sort of a stout quadruple blend...
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice aroma with hoppy hints. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.
dmac (5392) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by pineypower. Poured a good looking deep dark black body that is milkshake thick with pools of foamy dark beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, plum, wet chocolate, Belgian yeast, band aid, dark cherries, and a plasticy finish with an almost chemical note. Fuller bodied, creamy and thick with strong carbonation and a lingering burnt aftertaste. Flavor of light smoke, dark wet bread, hint of vanilla extract, burnt toast, dark burnt malts, dark fruit. The more I sip this one the more I like it.
PhillyCraft (5499) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with Kev and Keith. Pours mirror black with medium coffee brown head and lacing. Aromas of belgian yeast sugars, dark fruit, mollases. Taste is smokey wood, plum and other dark fruit, bitter chocolate. Very warming beer, with a good bit of heat behind it in the flavor.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark black with a touch of brown mixed in with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of coffee and lactose.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of lactose sweetness and dark fruits. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast flavor and a bit of spices comes through along with some more dark fruits and lactose flavor. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and a bit of lactose.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. The booze is extremely well hidden and the beer is excellently balanced. The yeast character is a nice addition.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich, thick black color with a big dark brown head. Roasted malts yielding bitter chocolate, espresso, with some Belgian yeast spice notes. Well balanced given the style.
Fatehunter (2152) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out of at 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured pitch black, tan 2 inch head. Looks amazing.
Smell: Burnt malt, a fruit... fig? smell. I like it.
Taste: Toasted/burnt malt and espresso. The maltiness stays on the back of the tongue nicely. The bitter comes in at the end at the perfect moment.
The great head on the lips, like a cappuccino and then the smooth liquid. Barely any carbonation. Nice and smooth.
Excellent. A great tasting stout and very drinkable. And just noticing that it is 9.7% ABV... never would have guessed by the smoothness.
scottw86 (1159) - Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with a huge light-tan stable head. Aroma has some alcohol with hops. Some dark fruity notes with raisins. Chocolate and caramel. Taste has lots of chocolate with some coffee. Toffee and brown sugar. Alcohol is better hidden than in the aroma. Aftertaste is a bit sweet with more chocolate and milk chocolate. Not bad!