wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black and a vigorous pour resulted in foaming over. Dense brown head. Nose is strong but pleasant vinous fruits, chocolate, burnt malts, and some coffee. Flavor is fruity up front and comes in with some pleasant roasted malt complexities. Heavyish and full mouthfeel. Nice. I expected more carbonation given the pour but is well done. Good.
igneous1 (1528) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
near opaque, black with a creamy light brown head. notes of vanilla, raisin, and a bit of coffee in the nose. flavor has a nice bitterness, but is relatively heavy on alcohol. coffee and chocolate are present in the flavor profile as well.
johnnnniee (3292) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Curious looking 12 oz bottle caught my eye and made the ride home with me. Pours a deep brown color bordering on black with a huge fluffy tan head that shows moderate retention and mad lace. Smells roasty, chocolatey and dark fruity. Slight caramel and licorice and hints of yeasty esters round out the aroma. Taste is roasty, fruity, and Belgian like. Lots of dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate mixed with a quad like fruity and yeasty Belgian character. Medium to thick body, moderate level of carbonation, sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I normally don’t enjoy "Belgian Stouts" but wow this one is very well done and very tasty. It seems to have just the right mix of stout and quad character to help me really enjoy it.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful black beer with a rich dark brown head. Coffee flavors up front; also some semi-sweet chocolate hints. Also some dark fruit flavors (and maybe raisin) mixed in there. As you get further into the glass, the high alcohol content starts to find its way into those flavors...almost like once your mouth gets used to the other flavors that alcohol bite first becomes noticeable. Very complex, strong, rich, yet very approachable beer.
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with crajun. Pours pretty much black with a moderate light brown head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left nearly complete lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with notes of toast, mild smoke, and chocolate. The flavor is lovely with roasted malt, prunes, toast and just a bit of char. Rich and full bodied. Dries out just a bit at the finish. Very enjoyable stout!
marcus (8299) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours dark brown with a huge light brown head and a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes plum, espresso, chocolate and treacle, with a pleasantly dry finish. This is a really nice brew.
high_on_hops (799) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A foamy brown head with an aroma of roasted barley, hops, and a bit of coffee and chocolate. The flavor is complex, with the roasted oat and coffee the strongest, and some chocolate and some sweetness in the aftertaste. The body is also nice, slightly fizzy at first and then very smooth.
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan head that lingers throughout the entire drink, plenty of lacing. Sweet molasses nose with a hint of smoke? Taste is extremely sweet with a very abrupt finish. Heavy bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A very good stout from boulevard.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle). Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is metallic, cocoa and caramel. Taste is sweet malts with a little roast. Medium bodied with oily texture. Bitter finish. Ok.
williamstome (1572) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a big foamy dark brown head. Aroma is figs, prunes, and chocolate. Flavor is big dark chocolate, alcohol light hops and some spice.