patrick767 (3604) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at the Dark Horse 4 Elf festival - Pours black with a thin tan head and has a big roast malt and chocolate aroma. It has a sweet, chocolate rich taste with just some mild hops making itself known in the finish. It is thick and full-bodied and the 12% abv is buried. I would have guessed it was 10% or less.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a tall smooth brown head. Big dark chocolate nose, soft hops, soft licorice and mild charred character. Very smooth palate, mild alcohol burn to it, but doesnt come off as 12 percent abv. Excellent roasted malt flavor, layers of chocolate and port. Really nice imperial stout.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured an opaque black color. Thick pour. The head was chocolatey brown with an orange tint and reduced relatively quickly. Smelled of chocolate, alcohol, and subdued pine. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet. Lowish carbonation. Roasty bitterness attenuated the sugars somewhat. Tasted of chocolate liqueur, burnt stick, and citrus fruit. Roasty, bitter finish.
BrotherJoe (13) - Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a nice thick head. Dark as night.
First impression is of the chocolaty/roasty aroma and of the thick, placid look as I pour.
Flavor is excellent. Just the right bit of bitterness and roast followed by a sweetness that lingers long enough to balance well with the roast.
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick motor oiy pitch black color with a tiny brown lacing. Aroma of chocolate syrup, roasted malt and cocoa powder. Taste is thick and slightly syrupy with hints of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup and lactose. Slightly sweet, but superb. Very similar to Bells Expedition Stout.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pitch black color. Thin, bubbly, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, and roasted notes. Flavor is nice and silky smooth. Chocolate notes up front lead to a smoky ending. Finish is slightly bitter. Very low carbonation and the alcohol is well hidden. Nice beer.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with a pretty but short lived brown head. Bold complex and robust nose with lits of cocoa, espresso, fudge, berries, licorice, and tobacco. Very enticing. The flavor is a great blend of milk and dark chocolate and some minor smokey roasted notes. The fine carbonation gives the beer of a gritty mouthfeel with some oilyness.
dchmela (2681) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy Eithcubes. Pours inky black with a thin dark tan head. Big roasted grain, coffee, chocolate malt and dark fruit aroma very complex. Nice thick body with lots of the roasted grains, coffee grounds, chocolate taste going on with hints of raisin and plum. Amazing complexity, finishes with big coffee and chocolate notes that makes you keep coming back for more. Really good.
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Jet black. Headless, laceless. Huge salty, meaty, coffee nose. Creamy medium body. All kinds of things happening all at once on the mid-palate: beef jerky, campfire, salt, bacon, chocolate, coffee. Enormously complex and confusing, but fun and harmonious at the same time. Doesn’t make sense on paper, but this is truly one of those great beers that’s far better enjoyed than discussed. Fruits, smoke, meat...can’t reconcile it all. Big salty, smoky beer with a long salty finish. Great stuff.
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at GABF 2008. Black - brown head. Coffee, licorice, burned, berries, light lactic, chocolate, smooth body, nice hoppy, oily, sweetness. Hides the alcohol very well....