BrownALEx (283) - Portland, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged one year. Deep dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is very robust. Smells of chocolate, malt and smoke. Taste is very smokey with hints of dark fruit and chocolate. Palate is full bodied. Overall a great stout, the 13% is hidden well but the effects are still there. Glad I aged it.
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from 12oz bottle from trade, at home, bottle share w/ Paws. Off white head. Licorice, cocoa, and cherry aroma. Vanilla, raspberry, cocoa nibs, and roasty. Tons going on with this gem. Delicious.
Christpuncher (1400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a complex beer. Smells bourbony and smokey. Smokey chocolately cherry notes in this one. Pours black in color with a tan head. Has a smokey flavor that lasts.
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phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a Lowry brother - thanks again! Pours a deep brown color with a tan head that mostly settles in the form of bigger bubbles around the edge. Notes of tobacco, chocolate, black olives, earth, roast, and some citrusy and spicy hops. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very earthy mouthfeel. Lacks the roast and body of a 13% imperial stout; drinks more like a chocolaty, earthy imperial porter with about 8% ABV.
tomthompson89 (1905) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had while watching beer is dark episode #DHN . Nose is sweet, chocolate, coffee, dark is the word. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but has a depth to it. Flavours are big but the booze is well disguised . Thanx to Jake and Wiggs for sharing ! Looking forward to the second bottle with some age.
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rxeight (1525) - Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from mike. Very dark. Minimal head. Very strong dark fruit flavor. Has a red wine dryness. Medium thickness, not sure I believe the 13%
wmubronco1992 (640) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased from DH General Store the week after last years 4Elf party. Pours black. Large tan head that reminded me of malted milk balls. Aroma is of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate and dark fruits. Big thick palate. Its obviously a big beer, but all things considered it hides the alcohol content pretty well. This was very good. Not quite to the highest realms of DH beers, but close. Wish I had another bottle to see what happens to this over the next couple years.
swoopjones (6218) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk. Solid stout. hides 13% very well. big roasted maltiness, dark chocolate & coffee notes. i dont get the poor rating
cbfobes (2349) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle with drowland and other friends, pours pitch black with a very light brown head around the edge of the glass, almost identical to the picture, aroma is of heavy chocolate and booze, does not hide the abv one bit, flavor has a bitter chocolate front end with a roasty and boozy finish, you can tell this is 13%, I would have almost thought more.
Homer321 (2152) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Mikem409. Pours a deep dark black with no head into my snifter. nose is mostly booze with some coffee. Taste is a weird nuttiness, like almonds with a buttery and slick finish. Lots of alcohol warming. hmmm. not quite sure about this one. Not much stout, just a lot of boost.