SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating 1089. Bottle picked up from Sunsinger in Champaign, Illinois. Completely opaque with a difficult to arouse milk chocolatey head that is short lasting. Nose of alcohol and sweetness. Taste malty, roasted with a good kick of alchol. Not so sure about the hops, the sweetness comes from either malts or hops, not too sure. Overall, very pleasant. Going to be a good one to have in the winter.
ColovianTrader (153) - - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super roasted! Heavy doses are dark roast coffee in the aroma and taste. Unsweetened dark chocolate, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, cream, toast and a well blended note of alcohol. Heavy body to help carry the flavors.
CpyNPrnT (109) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
About to drink as I type. Served in snifter. Straight jet black with a small head if any that is tan to brown. Very small amount of lacing. Right away, roasted malts. Lots and lots of roasted malts. Not much else. Perhaps a very small amount of alcohol, but very small. Cheers. Okay, first off. Alcohol, straight forward on the palate, followed by roasted malts, chocolate, and some hops. Alcohol and more hops on the after taste-which does linger. The aroma does not match the palate per say, but still a grade A beer non the less. Would love to try the bourbon barrel aged edition. 3 go to cellar to see what some age will do. Will pick up a few more 4 packs as well. 2014 edition, 11.0% ABV I believe.
jstonerock24 (80) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor is smooth with rich chocolate and coffee undertones. Finishes clean.
sitzds (236) - - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into stout glass. Very dark brown and nearly opaque with a few brown slivers at the edges. Half an inch of tan head rises and quickly falls to a thin cap that lingers. A few spots of lace remain. Aroma is of roasted malts, dried dark fruits, unsweetened chocolate, touch of soy sauce, and alcohol. Taste starts moderately sweet with chocolate, brown sugar, and date. Some bitterness follows from espresso and woody notes. Alcohol is masked well but not completely hidden. Medium-full body, creamy texture, low carbonation, warming sweet finish.
kkleu357 (122) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black. Minimal dark tan had. Very strong stout smell. Really sweet smelling. Taste like eating a dark chocolate candy. Mildly roasty. Minimal coffee flavor. Mostly chocolaty. Very good. Would love to try the bourbon barrel version.
Mudwhomper (34) - Madison, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Year old bottle. Sweet marshmallowy aroma. Flavor has very nice red fruit, just a tad sweet. Much different than when fresh - not much roast and it feels a bit thinner than I remember it being when fresh.
mikesaum (571) - Newark, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with a thin reddish brown head. Aroma is lots of dark fruit , boozey, nice roast and cacao. Taste is bitter sweet chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, bitter chocolate lingers for a while, not that boozey tasting for an 11%. Nice brew..
marv3mania (154) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an oily, inky black with no head. Aroma is heavy on roasted malts and coffee with some dark chocolate and a hint of hops thrown in. The coffee isn’t as strong in the taste, and there is a taste of dark fruits, but otherwise taste follows the nose. Very good.
gendv138 (232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 1/30/14, 11% ABV. Pours a thick motor oil like consistency with jet black body and almost two fingers of tan head. Light lacing fades quickly. Aromas of roast, coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate. Tasting notes of roast, coffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, caramel/toffee sweetness, light hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body with a dry roasty finish. Very smooth at 11%.
DCLawyer (1297) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->snifter. Black with small lite brown head. A: chocolate malt, coffee, earth. T: coffee, chocolate, malt, earth, cocoa nibs, char. Slight bite to this, good modate palate. This is very good.