wmubronco1992 (653) - 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.
rxeight (1667) - 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%
kkleu357 (427) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this almost a year ago. Finally getting to it. Dark black body. Smokey sweet cocoa aroma. Sweet lightly smoked taste. Some chocolate flavors. Hint of caramel and maple.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, aged 1 year. Pours black with quite the strong aroma of dark chocolate, black licorice and booze. Taste is licorice, red fruit, dark chocolate. Big and boozy.
BrownALEx (310) - 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.
tomthompson89 (1924) - 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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drowland (6569) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle shared by cbfobes, June 2014. Black pour, mild tan head, minimal lacing. Booze is definitely there in the aroma, roasty, abrasive, almost acidic in a way, dark chocolate and coffee.... meh. Nutty flavor, almost buttery, chocolate, acidity present, roast, coffee, more of the booziness. Meh.
kaser (3563) - 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 (1634) - 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 (7107) - 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.