Landmonger (156) - USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle into a stem glass, it pours black in color with a tan head, aroma is chocolate, malt and a fruity sweetness, the taste is chocolate, sweet, roasty malt and fruity palate is smooth, this is just a a great beer.
kathouse (1022) - Nevada, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan foam that dies down to just lacings on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, and figs. This has a big dark fruit taste with a definite black malt bitterness. Full bodied with an unsweetened aftertaste. Alcohol does not dry the palate but compliments that flavor profile. Don’t know if this is the best edition yet, but I’ll keep a bottle for next year and see.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has figs, dates, chocolate, some hebal/vegetal notes. Taste is semi-sweet and quite bitter with more vegetal notes. I’m not diggin’ this but I would like to see how it ages.
cstuartj (985) - Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep obsidian black. Carmel cream head. Amazing nose rich in coffee, chocolate, plum. Smooth lusish mouth feel, light on the tongue, easy to drink. Yumm.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was absolutely fantastic. Dark and thick and chewy and without the coffee notes of the other versions. Definitely my favorite. Had on tap at Khoury’s. Will probably have to go buy a full bottle. The figs and dates, though not distinguishable individually to me, made for a tasty beer.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark pour w/ thin brown head. Big aromas of prunes, figs, coffee & creamy chocolate. Sweet flavors upfront of figs, brown sugar & dark cherries, followed closely by bitter espresso, dark chocolate & roast. The sweet & bitter notes inter-mingle wonderfully! Great brew.
thirdeye11 (5593) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber) clear espresso brown, ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of milk chocolate, vanilla, oats, graham cracker, fairly Rich and creamy. Light alcohol. Taste of alcohol, light chocolate, light roast, a bit too sweet perhaps but good in general. Needs a bit of time.
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papago. Man this years is great! Nearly black pour with a brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, some sweet cherry notes, vanilla, licorice, toasted marshmallow and roast. Flavor is sweet and rich, full bodies, some serious roasted marshmallow and dark bitter chocolate..now wheres the graham cracker!
legion242 (2224) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pretty too look at- a deep, deep black with a dark khaki head. Nose of burnt malt. Surprisingly smooth palate. Alcohol well hidden.
baraciisch (1917) - USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour... Aroma is chocolate malts and caramel... Flavor is absurdly good, hint of hops upfront but mouthfeel is thick and layered with dark chocolates, figs, dates, caramel, bourbon oak... Delicious