ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate grape like, a little raisin and cranberry smell some alcohol toasty caramel first taste is sweet, then you get some grape and cranberry finishes smokey/roasty
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brownish red color with a thin head. Below average head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, cherries, berries, caramel, and faint floral notes. The taste is big roasted malts with nutty notes, floral notes and quite a bit of berries, including strawberry and raspberry. Pretty boozy and hot. Medium-full bodied. Interesting.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from La Bodega. Dark brown with a fizzy off white head. Floral chocolate aroma and taste with oak, fruit, and jasmine on the back end.
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour a deep reddish black with a compact thick tan head. Aroma of fresh wood, rich malts, and alcohol. Chocolate, mild soy sauce and licorice, thick and oily with the requisite alcohol burn. Over the top, but in the best of ways.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Batch 3, BB 2020. The pour is coal black with a small, tan, frothy, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing with minimal lace. The nose is surprisingly not overwhelmingly hot; lots of molasses, black currant (maybe cranberry), soothing herbal (jasmine?), toasted oak, and leather. The flavor is intense but coming together nicely so far, more oak (dry and toasty), cranberry more apparent, toasted caramels, rich molasses, still some leather, light coffee grounds, maybe some maple. The palate is very warm, full, nearly lively, viscous, and coating. The finish is long with the oak drying it out, alcohol warming the back of the throat, the jasmine? notes soothing, and toasted caramels and leather lingering. Well where to start... Obviously still much too young but flavors already starting to complement each other well, especially in the finish. The palate is already nice but some calming will make it excellent. The adjunct additions were very nice complements to the beer. Will revisit in a couple years, maybe more to see if it pans out.
Tero (46) - FINLAND - DEC 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Something between chocolate and raisin. Very strong taste, but just a little taste of alcohol though there is over 18% of it. Heavy sweetness. I never could drink whole bottle alone.
johndoughty (4986) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. What can you say? Black with a small head and plenty of body although not as much as you would think considering its enormous power. Slightly smoked and very dangerous.An experience.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Photog. Pours very dark brown with subtle red highlights and a small brown head. Aromas of sour oak, tart berry, vanilla, astringent alcohol, cranberry, and caramel. Sweet sugar cane and brandy dominate the flavor, along with caramel, alcohol, and a slight roasty cocoa and toffee aftertaste. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a little astringent. This is tasty stuff, very nice.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, almost black. Wonderful aroma of dark fruit, maybe blackberry or currant. Fruit bomb. A touch less fruit; an even mix of fruit and chocolate would be a dream.
Holy (837) - GERMANY - DEC 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with quiznoaz. Plums, caramel, sugar, slight alcohol in the nose. Flavors follow suit - very nice, flavorful stout.