illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Rustyham. Pours a viscous black with a dark brown head. Aroma of booze soaked raisens. Full bodied with a chalky texture, with a fine fizziness. Flavor of charred malts, raisen, and red table wine that transitions to a semi-hot, peppery finish. Finish is not enjoyable for me, has a spoiled dark fruit flavor.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very active bubbles, fizzy to no end. Head is a dark brown color, Arima is very dark bitter chocolate and raisins. Three flavor is hot at first, then gets chocolatey, some spice, Christmasy, then hot again. Bottle from the brewery .
thirdeye11 (5336) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) jet black pour with a ring of dark tan head. Nose of tobacco, licorice and fudge. Taste of fudge, smoke, meaty, rich, thick body and big on flavor. Graham cracker and cream linger.
skortila (4174) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Mikkeller Bar. The aroma has cacoa, chocolate, raisin, sugar. Black coloured beer with a small, beige head. The taste is sweet, roasted, has dark dried fruits, some chocolate. More bourbon tones in the finish. Very full bodied. Nice.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to GT2 for this one. Black pour with a small tan head. Nose and flavor are both a strange combination of barrel, vanilla, spice, and some weird acidic notes. Palate is oily but a bit thin. I don’t mind it, but it’s not great.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
black pour, cardboard colored thin head, late bubbled ring lasting. Light oat, stinging sugar, bit of rounded malt from the stout base. Flavor is sweeter, particularly rum, more barrel and definite raisin sugar through the finish, light cake-malt emerging. Small bit of interplay but just surface, too little malt, bland in fact and the sugar in the finish is distracting, bit off milky finish.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, earthy notes and raisin. The taste is roasted malts, nutty notes, caramel, spice and bitter hops. Medium bodied. Nice.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Uber thick rich black pour with a thin tan head. Raisin, bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, lactic sugars, and caramel give way to a medium to full body, a sweet finish, and low carbonation throughout.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an oily opaque with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and raisin nose with a touch of warming alcohol. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel maltiness with some dark fruity complexity before a drier sticky warming finish. Pretty good complexity but could use some time to age.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sweet nose, lots of dark fruit, some chocolate and molasses, some lasting alcohol notes. Taste is very sweet, some raisins, some chocolate, but everything else is completely destroyed by the massive ash, tar and ink, as well as thin, burnt coffee. Texture is like chewing on a piece of chalk. Lasting stringent finish.