UltraViolence (20) - USA - JUL 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mile High Wine and Spirits next to the Whole Foods in Belmar (Lakewood / Denver, CO). Very, very good. Points either on or off, however, for some weird mid-center spiciness on the finish. I say, "off." What is this...cayenne? Some spicy, red thangg...I know, it sounds interesting and unique enough in theory, but ultimately couldn’t say that it was necessary...just a bit of a novelty feature or an overly overt differentiator. All in all, it is its own beer in the category, but it featured more "smooth" than it did "explosion" within the genre. If that’s your gig, by all means, drink up. You can do no real wrong here if you’ve got $12 for a bomb.
PintPiner (22) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Midnight black color with a 1 finger bronze-tan head. Moderate lacing. Aroma of coffee & black licorice. Mild carbonation, smooth medium body. Creamy chocolate, coffee, hint of kahlua flavor. Like a carbonated Black Russian. Awesome beer!
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nuplastikk (3839) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Levi’s. Brown-black body. Patchy, beige head. Rich bourbon coffee chocolate aroma. Very thick and sweet. Big luscious vanilla, cocoa tones. Super sugary, rich. Quite nice, but also quite heavy and cloying.
Leighton (8791) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s 30th Birthday Bash - CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thanks to the big bad birthday boy. Pours black-brown with a fine, tan cream head. Dark malt nose, lots of charred bread, good roast, some dark chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with further dark chocolate, toasty sugars, dirt, raisins. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lots more dark chocolate still, bitter charred wood, roasted malts. Great stuff. Good balance.
llcooldave (996) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black in the glass. Nice mocha aroma with some Khaluha notes as well. Tastes like a dark chocolate Chunky bar. Nuts, dark cocoa and dried fruit. Overall, a gem! Thanks barzigkin for sharing...
jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s birthday tasting. Cheers to Bruce for all the beer! The pour’s deep brown with a discreet off-white head. The aroma’s stewed prune, chocolate cake, earthy berry, bramble. The taste is light chili, general spices, earthy roasted chocolate, some tar and wood. Smooth stuff, soft carbonation. Overall, this was definitely the junior of the XXIII. Still, very solid.
EdKing (1561) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s B’day. Opaque black, creamy foam tan head. Nose is earthy, dirty, Marmite, roasted malt. Interesting! Taste is very malty, earthy, Marmite, chocolate. Nose is unusual but taste is nicely balanced.
Theydon_Bois (5487) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, big thanks to the birthday boy for sharing this one !
Mid black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Nose is dark roast malt, chocolate, molasses.
Taste comprises dark roast malts, dark fruits, peppery, chocolate.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation, dry in the finish.
Scopey (4728) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce at his 30th Birthday Bash. It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, liquorice, coffee, Dandelion & Burdock, light vanilla, plum and sweet date. The taste is roasted malt, earth, coffee, plum, charcoal, wood, alcohol warmth and molasses with a dry, earthy finish. Medium-full body and average carbonation. Decent.
mR_fr0g (1422) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bruce’s birthday tasting st the craft. Sweet malt caramel boozy nose. Sweet toasty flavour . Molasses. . Sweet finish. Lingering.coffee finish.
Advocate_Ames (322) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The scent is of smokey roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. The flavor is rich of coffee. The chocolate and vanilla aren’t potent but they are noticeable. The malts are mild and have a nice roasted character. There is a charred wood and a subtle bourbon flavor too. The finish leaves a malts, coffee, and a slight bitterness. Overall this was a very nice brew.