Benzai (5743) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Beer Temple. Pitch black color, medium sized light brown head. Smell malts, hops, roastyness, chocolate, some citrus, grapefruit, and lightly alcohol. Taste sweetness and bitterness, malts, roastyness, a hint of chocolate, citrus, grapefruit. Oily texture, medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Bragesnak (5027) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Hophead, DK.
Black with white head. Aroma of chocolate and spices. Flavour with roasts, coffee and fruit.
Iphonephan (2211) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home Pours almost black with big frothy head. Hop and raisin nose. Hints of black cherries with a massive hop finish.
bytemesis (2141) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear deep black red with a small beige head and decent lacing. Aroma is caramel and coffee dominated, with notes of dark roasted malt, citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Flavor is the same, medium sweet with a medium bitter finish, staying strong into the far finish. A bit of warming on the finish, but the ABV hidden well otherwise. Medium body.
DMLINAZ (236) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid, interesting double black IPA. Aroma is moderate, with toasty notes not unlike a stout and some mild bitterness. Flavor is complex, with mild hops, toastiness; a great balance. Long, warming finish. Somewhat creamy in consistency. (10/18/12 @Total Wine IPA tasting class w/Tony.)
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has some big chocolate and dark fruit notes, almost like an imperial stout. Has a great bitter flavor and super smooth body.
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MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour thick tan head great lacing. Warm alcohol on the nose a fair amount of roast malt along with a good amount of bitterness acids. Full well coated palate. Lightly sweet toffees hints of caramel orange zest light grass in the finish. Very drinkable.
quiznoaz (307) - Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I started tasting this (right out of the refrigerator), it was a pretty stout, dark chocolate with a few high notes in the aroma. As it warmed though, it opened up really well. The initial dark chocolate malt turns into a pleasant blend of spice, bitter, and floral notes. There is a lot of hop character, but the bitterness doesn’t overpower.
knickskicks (559) - - OCT 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: August, 2012. Pours pitch black with a creamy mocha head. Nose is roasted coffee, dark chocolate bar with fruit and nuts, peanuts, tropical fruit, pine. Taste is dark chocolate, juicy tropical fruits, pine, hop oils, and bitter coffee. The alcohol is masked very well.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a deep dark pitch black with an average (1-2 finger) light brown foamy head that had great retention lasting pretty much throughout and produced excellent sheets of lacing that totally coated the glass.
The aroma was of a roasted sweet bread malt, pine and citrus hops and a bitter leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a touch of dark fruit (berries).
The taste started somewhat sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and coffee, and then had an influx of dark fruit with a bitter hoppy citrus peel ending. The flavor lingered for an extended period of time with a smooth, hoppy, chocolate bitterness left to settle on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a very dry texture and a rather soft carbonation.
Overall this brew was smooth, creamy and a tad hoppy with a great chocolate feel and a mild fruity sweetness, which hid the high ABV completely. All that and a great drinkability, yes I think I will have another...