thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) pours jet black. Nose of citrus hops, smoke, and wood. Taste of heavy smoke, dark chocolate, thick body with low carbonation and a bitter coffee finish.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7500ml bottle from fishingnet. Thick black opaque pour with very dark brown pour. Aromas are a heavy roasted malt and bitter cocoa, coffee, decent hopping. Thick, initial is chalky and bitter, hops and roasted malts take dominance, cocoa of the very bitter natural variety, with coffee and a faint sweetness. Coffee and cocoa dominant, roast is the theme of the day. Thick and viscous, the beer has an amaxing sticky body that is heavy dark sweet cocoa. Finish very bitter, dark and roasty, with a touch of sweetness trying itís hardest to balance. Surpsingly enjoyed this more than the Hunah.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle from Dakine. Thanks! Opened at PP bottle shop. Black. Thick body. Lots of hoppy bitterness characteristic of Cigar City. Almost astringent. Leans dry. Needs some mellowing from aging. No oxidation.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of anise, alcohol-soaked fruits, bakerís chocolate. Flavor at first very alcohol-laden with the dark fruits, but eventually some richer chocolate character helped to balance it out. A bit chalky at times and rather dry for such a big beer. Havenít had many impies lately I guess, but the alcohol presence did seem off-putting in this one. Still tasty though.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick and super black. It stains the glass with a dark brown film. Aroma has notes of tar and Turkish coffee. Fairly hoppy, with a great balance between the dark roast and hops and a very light sweetness. Notes of bakig chocolate. Superb.
Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of lots of dark chocolate, roast, piney and earthy hops, and the slightest hint of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a moderate dark brown head...a very impressive looking beer. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate roast, molasses, piney hops, and a hint of fruit. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. After tasting this, I’ve got to say that cedar must not be my thing, because I find this much better than the cedar aged version.
LilBeerDoctor (3297) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a small dark tan-reddish head. Aroma of alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor of tons of roasted malt and some bitter chocolate in the finish. Rich and decadent. The 11% makes itself well-known but overall, this was quite a tasty beer!
Frank (2300) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks thick as hell, big brown head that just wonít quit. Nose is big chocolate. Some raisiny tartness balances thing as well as bit of a brackish quality. Full soft mouthfeel w/ unsweetened chocolate bitterness in the finish.
unclemattie (3996) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Smells and looks like iodine. Deep black. Char and molasses aroma. Very roasted, syrupy, burnt malt extract flavors. Big, rich, and bold.
Boutip (4431) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a very dark brown color head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma is very complex with a mix of black chocolate, coffee and some nice roasted malt with loads of other complex flavors that are very hard to describe. Taste is also a very complex and enjoyable mix between some black chocolate with light lactic sugar and some coffee notes, Body is very full with great carbonation and I thought I smell a little bit of phenolic alcohol. I am glad to have tried this one and makes we want to try some more beers form this brewer.