dfinney23 (1262) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a huge, slowly fading tan head. Aroma is raw sugar and figs. Taste is darker with a fair amount of char and a bitter finish. More interesting than good.
thornecb (3985) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into a tulip. Tan conglomerate head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Chocolate aromas. Thin with espresso and dark pit fruit upfront turning to bitter chocolate in the lasting finish.
LinusStick (2703) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as bad as I was expecting. Aroma was delicious. Thick and creamy milk chocolate and not much else. Pour was a nice enough deep dark brown with half finger tan head. Taste was very sweet for the style. The milk chocolate came through in the flavor, but there was this sugary sweetness that just didnít belong. The mouth is left with a sweet lactic flavor in the finish. Not unenjoyable, just different than what we do with the style in the US
Palidor19 (2847) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong beer all the way. Has a great assortment of rich malts and very strong dark fruit flavors. Raisins, prunes, figs etc. a little thin on the palate and touch of astringent at the end. A winner
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is fantastic with roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and grassy hops. The appearance is dark brown with a large tan head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is thin for the style. Overall a very good beer with a couple of minor faults.
Hammy78 (660) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors Chicago Illinois. Pours a pitch black colour with a massive tan head that is rat first roughly three fingers high. Tons of clump lacing all over the place. Aroma is a little roasted malt, boozy, port, a little berry. Tastes bitter, dark chocolate, almost wine like burn. A bit of chalky mouth feel.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big blocky head tan colour black brown pour soft medium carbonation the aromas fruity molasses chocolate very smooth malty coffeeport flavours morishing expresso like coffee plum prune chocolate caramel medium bitter molasses noticeable bitter throughout finish a fine effort lovely malts crisp an alcohol taste hop tastes fruity lasting bitter dry note worth another go
Beersiveknown (2137) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 27, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with foamy beige head. Milk and tobacco on the nose initially with ripe damsons and dried fruit following after. Alcohol up front with a touch of acetone fading to lightly smoked tobacco and old leather and some bitter coffee. Fairly lively carbonation. Needs some time to develop i think.
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle. May 2011. Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Burnt malt and milk chocolate flavors. Medium to full body with soft carbonation.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super creamy, resilient beige foam head on top of a black pour. Aroma is coffee, dark treacle, and, indeed, that odd pear note. Flavor is medium sweet. Coffee, pear drops, more char than smoke. Pretty good.