otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: smoky blacks and browns under a tan head – bubbly along the sides and bready in the middle. Swirls creamy.
Nose: smoky and meaty. Peat, brownies, and chocolate – bakers and truffle powder. Dried figs and prunes. Char and burnt graham crackers.
Palate: soft and cakey. Dark stone fruits, peat, tannic sour nips, and bitterness in the back – grape and plum skins. Chocolate cake underneath soaks it all up from first quaff to last. Tannic tang lingers atop the back part of my tongue. Dryness and moistness are one. Smoke in the breath mingles with more dried dark stone fruits – prunes and figs mostly.
Final Thoughts: another winner from the fine gents at Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa (not Ybor), Florida. A self-described multi-dimensional ale, whatever it is I call it Delicious!
dfinney23 (1582) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a huge peaky tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and earthy malt. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, biscuit and a little spice and smoke.
SPDickerman (917) - Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with large tan fizz. Smells malted, coffee, with some alcohol. Tastes like weak iced coffee, with some bitterness and a touch of sweetness. Light-to-medium bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Cigar City Black Whole finishes with some mild chocolate notes.
mar (4787) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. black with ruby highlights and a thick khaki head. nose is chocolate, graham crackers, and sweet. great on the palate, chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, and faint spice.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Samples from several bottles over the course of the GABF weekend. Pours with a black body with a small tan head. Aromas are spicy, rye, nutty, earthy and toasty. Reminds me a good amount of the Bruery’s Rugbrod from the nose. Light anise. Flavors are peppery, a bit spicy, dry and some brown sugar. Medium yeast notes. Moderate bubbles and finishes somewhat dry.
rbrazell (1586) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a creamy khaki head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, baked bread, anise and spice. Flavor is rich chocolate, bread and roast. Bitter sweet chocolate finish. Not bad, was expecting a bit more.
DiarmaidBHK (3371) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from liquor express. Pours black with a ridiculous amount of khaki head. ( nearly 2 inches) big raisin and prune aroma. Taste is a bit muddled and the mouthfeel, especially as it warms, is a bit thin. I cant quite place the taste but it’s not particularly pleasant.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle from from Alpar). Pours dark brown/almost black and a riculously large tan head. Carbonation is active. Aroma is chocolate, dark ripe cherries, coffee and caramel. Taste is sweet malt with some nice roast. A little bit of anise at the end. Full bodied with an oily texture. Dry, roasty finish. Pretty good beer that is nicely balanced.
Beershine (5212) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown bear color with small tan head. Smells strong. Lots of carob, acidic chocolate, dark fruit, and booze. Light carbonation but a bit fizzy. Licorice is on the palate, then dark roast, mild acidic coffee, dried cranberry, chocolate cookies that are slightly burnt around the edges. Would benefit from a creamier palate, as it ends up seeming a little tart and even thin, but pretty good overall of course.
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep brown body with a tan / cocoa colored head. nose of raisin bread, rum, chocolate pastries, plum jam, caramel malt and nugat. high carbonation and effervescence, out of balance for the body, acid and sweetness. cookie raisin rum plum malt-forward taste with mild to medium roast / chocolate / coffee. turns phenolic when warmer and has an unpleasant but mild tartness and dirtiness from the yeast. could use less carbonation, less yeast and more cookie / dark fruit malt which works well with the roast.