Ughsmash (7275) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Kevin for the 750mL bottle! Rating #4500. Poured highly-viscous black with an awesome cap of mahogany head.. set up perfectly in the glass. The aroma picked up a blend of sweet and semi-sweet chocolates with an ashy roast to ’em.. from afar, vanilla and molasses swirled around the nose.. digging deeper brought out smoky anchos and guajillos.. some lightly soured malts right on the back.. alcohol was nowhere to be found. The flavor used more well-roasted (and slightly burnt) coffee as a driving force, pushing cocoa and vanilla to the sweeter and mighty tasty edges.. burnt and a little ashy off the back-end, picking up a tasty complement of smoked, dried peppers.. again there was a touch of sour malt at the end. Heavier-bodied with an ideal moderate level of carbonation.. dry and a tad sour.. well-balanced and belly-warming.. excellent stuff!
bhensonb (12014) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from ericandersnavy. Pours very dark black/brown with a small fine bubbly dark tan/brown head. Aroma is very chili/veg over smooth burnt malt. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor shifts between burnt malt, chocolate and mild chile heat. B\ody seems to thicken with time. Vanilla comes out. My scalp sweats from capsaiscin. Pretty good stuff.
marcus (7183) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours pitch black with a a thin brown head and a chocolate and coffee aroma. The flavor is rich dark chocolate and vanilla, carbonated, with a dry bitter finish and an alcohol trail, culminating in chili sweat. Tasty, interesting and well-crafted.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at the last columbus tasting. Incredible beer. The aroma is a wonderful mix of coffee, chocolate, and hints of vanilla and spice. The mouthfeel is incredibly full, smooth, and with perfect carbonation. The taste is complex with a wonderful mix of all that you find in the nose, with a the spice playing forward a bit more. Simply delicious!
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2011 An awesome treat during a tasting session at Damico’s place. Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of vanilla and pepper. Sweet start. Then notes of pepper and vanilla, that mix with the cinnamon, to give it a wood flavor. An awesome cocoa finish with notes of cinnamon. What makes this beer so special is the perfect medium mouthfeel and the quality flavor of the cocoa. Cannot wait to get my hands on another one. Many thanks to Damico for tasting of this top IS.
Tasted the 2010 again in November 2010. Spices have fallen off. This beer needs to be enjoyed fresh before the cinnamon and cocoa fade.
2011 Bottle shared at a Damico beer tasting. Wow. Best pour yet. I fell back in love with this beer. Drink this fresh. The flavor that comes through from the cinnamon and cocoa are just amazing. Thanks to Damico for this treat.
beernovice39 (3228) - Montana, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 750! On draft at Peg’s. A jet black beer with a dark brown head. Scents of coffee and malts dance around. Taste is complex, the malts, and chocolate, vanilla and spices are all there. Wonderful. More would have been ordered if it not been an inferno that day.
madmitch76 (17142) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22nd May 2010. ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting! Opaque black beer with a dark chocolate coloured head. Chocolatey nose. Soft palate with a little carbonated froth. Dark semi sweet chocolate with a touch of vanilla. Some subtle chili heat at the end. A very deft beer. The draft version was a little less sweet and quite a bit more chili heat.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick viscous pour with a tan head. Lactic sour aroma with cherry notes. Very sweet and roast flavor. Cherry and berry notes.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick black with a almost black head. It looks like used motor oil that has been sitting in a pan in someone’s garage for about a year. Basically the way I want to see my stouts. Has a malty pepper smell to it with a little chocolate. Taste is very much like the smell but it’s smooth and you can really pick up the peppers in the back with just a little bit of cinnamon. A nice stout I must say but the BA version is much better.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Re-rated for the 11: I still think I prefer the Zhukov’s (esp the various barrel-aged) to the great Hunahpu but for those of you itching to try it again this year it’s more of the yummy same. The general censuses at the release event was this was the lesser of the two but I actually liked it more. Try it if you’re lucky.