beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was the big beer stout that I was expecting. Has a hint of autolysis, old hops, bitter. Chocolate syrup. Bitter malts in the flavor. More chocolate syrup in flavor again. Maybe I get some light spices coming out. After this one I stopped rating, they were way more similar than different.
dslam (91) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 6 oz bottle. Dark to the pour with a lot of beige head. Aroma of liquorice and malts.
Beautifully balanced taste of liquorice, bitterness of alcohol and chocolate malts.
pictoman (781) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle [best after 07/23/2013]. Jet black with beige head. Wood and licorice with mild chocolate and roast malt. Medium body, a bit of alcohol.
furthur (426) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally getting to this. Thought I’d do it as a vertical, but Christmas Eve is good too. Bottle, black and thick, skiff of foam, decent lacing. Aroma is raisin, molasses, roasted malt and chocolate, cherries, a bit of alcohol. I could just huff this all day. Taste is raisin and plumb, dates, molases, cherries, anise, angelica, cinnamon, coffee. Long, dry finish of citrus rind. Palate is thick, but not as syrupy as many in this class, carbonation subdued. Extraordinary!
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, great beer, dark pour, full mouthfeel. big flavors of chocolate, dsrk fruits, figs, dates, multiple flavor levels that meld together smoothly. very nice
radiomgb (2504) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in colour with a thin lasting tan head, light lacing.
Aroma is of bananas, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar.
Flavour is of chocolate, burnt malts, roasty, dark fruits, smoke.
Warming mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation.
Finishes long, roasty, sweet and quite warming.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Let’s Pour R.I.P.
Black pour with a fleeting tan head.
Aroma of molasses and cocoa.
The flavor is slightly sweet with bitter roast malts balancing out the sweetness.
Smooth cocoa throughout. Nice sipper.
ineedbeer (1221) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle.
Aroma is chocolate forward with a background roast and faint smokiness. Just a hint of peat with moderate spice character. Moderate dark fruit and fig character with some raisin. Medium light alcohol spice and light oak character. Spice character seems to be cinnamon, anise and clove.
Pours black with a small, thick mocha head that recedes to a small wisp of foam in the center of the glass. No lacing and moderately long, viscous legs.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with sweet, rich chocolate upfront. Some medium light roast, faint smoke and light tobacco follow along with some moderate fruit notes, mostly fig but also prune and raisin. A light leather character. Spice comes through in the finish with lingering chocolate, roast and and leather. Spice seems to be cinnamon, clove and anise like in the aroma. Some faint oak notes and medium light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied and slightly oily with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer but the finish doesn’t quite work for me. The spice character doesn’t work with the alcohol and lingering roast character. Nice fruit notes.
Beerman6686 (5333) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was barrel, dark fruit, and caramel. Flavor was similar, light smoke and chocolate too. Decent.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"A wonderful rich chocolate aroma greets the nose right off. Good doses of roasted malt, and a dark fruit cornucopiaas well. The flavor is still sweet, but not overly so like last years was inching towards. Great full, smooth body, and a solid balanced flavor. Loving this as an after dinner type brew. A treat!"