mcox90 (1548) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, acquired in trade with Daknole. Pours a rich dark brown/black color with a dark brown creamy head. Brown lace coats my snifter as the head slowly recedes. Consumed at cellar temperature. Aroma is strong chocolate, caramel, coffee bean with a powerful alcohol presence. From the first snif you know you better hang on tight, youíre in for a ride. Thick, full, oily palate. Sip this one slowly to savor every bit of what this brew has to offer. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate, but also look for hints of vanilla bean, coffee, caramel, toffee and hidden somewhere in the back, just a kiss of hops. Truly outstanding. Thanks Dakine for sending this my way.
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Rattle ní Hum Cigar City event. Deep brown pour with some nice tan lacing. Aroma is pipe smoke, vanilla, and a touch of cedar. Lots of pipe smoke flavor with notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla. Thereís hay, pine hops and roasted malt in the finish. A touch creamy. Cigar City makes a good stout.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 750ml from Fogdog. Pours inky black with massive dark dark brown head. Absolutely beautiful looking stout. Aroma reminds me of darkness a little with a ton of roasted malts and citrus with chocolate, light coffee, and a bit of molasses. Flavors of heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, toffee, and some hop bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty. Medium mouthfeel and has nice carbonation. Not syrupy in any way. Really solid stout that is extremely balanced. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice brew to have on a cold winter night. I was not really looking forward to having to drink the whole 750 by myself, but this is a very pleasant surprise that it is very drinkable. Cheers to CCB. Good stuff.
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum for their Cigar City event. Pours a viscous midnight black with a dense dark tan head. Roast, caramel, chocolate. Intense. Milky, chocolaty, roast, caramel. Finishing up dry, with slow roast and deep chocolate flavors. Yummy and balanced.
blklab2007 (1974) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 bottle poured black in color with a thick sturdy one finger brown head when poured from some distance. aroma has dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, medium roast, and a slight hop hit at the end. mouth feel is really enjoyable, soft and delicate but plenty full and coating. flavor starts chocolate, coffee, roast, molasses, and again a nice mild hop on the finish. there is some light alcohol but i never would have figured at the 11% level. very smooth for such a beast. I followed the label directions and waited until February, love how they put that on there to know when the peak should occur.
tgncc (2823) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is dark bitter chocolate, cream, roastiness. The appearnace is a beautiful dark brown/black, oily, light brown head. The flavor is sweeter chocolate, brown sugar, cream, roasted coffee, booze. The finish is light piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium/thick body, creamy. Excellent beer. This is better straight up than its barrel aged and humidor variations.
wavers1 (879) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of daknole, thanks man! drank along with the humidor and hopped up version. great base beer, was glad to taste the blank canvas and the renditions of it. this beer stands well on its own, or takes on a variety of flavors very well. the epitamy of viscous, every pour on these is very nice. the nose is nice and rtoasty with lots of chocolate, and spicyness present as well as some nice doughy yeast. i like what theyíve done with this.
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of cedar, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor of chocolate, cedar, roasted malt, coffee, and nuts.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by the Tampa crew. Big thick black pour with mocha head. Thick and beautiful. Roasty nose with big coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Nice bitterness hinted at, which comes through nicely in the taste. Surprisingly dry. Really lovely.
joeneugs (3263) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to markwise! Pours thick and black like used motor oil. Super dark brown thin head. The aroma has dark chocolate, and espresso roast. Mild whiffs of raisins and molasses. The flavor is sweet and tangy up front with raisins, prunes and molasses. A little salty, chocolaty, and more roasted in the back of the throat. It finishes ashy and smoky. Not as thick on the palate as I expected from the looks of it.