maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at PDX Brewery & Public House. Wow! Big nose of anise, dark chocolate, berries, and alc. fumes. Pitch black, great lacing. Wonderful dark chocolate cake flavors,with cherries and hints of strong roasted coffee beans. Also, a bit of phenolic burnt rubber taste. Smooth complex aftertaste. Heavy body, a bit of tickling carbonation. Creamy, brilliant complex flavors. The aftertaste goes on and on. Great!
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla ice cream, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, figs, dates, and burnt toast.
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours very dark in the glass with a nice head. First thing to notice in the aroma is the sweetness. Probably from the figs they used. There is also some raisins. Taste is big. There is a uniqueness in the taste almost like a cough syrup but sweeter. Roasted fruits linger in the finish.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with friends. Black creamy pour with low but good carbonation. Aroma has sweet hints of chocolate malt and cocoa nibs. Flavor is semi sweet with a somewhat dry finish. Not as complex as the previous batches but itís still pretty tasty.
Landmonger (155) - 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 (1374) - 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. Donít know if this is the best edition yet, but Iíll 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. Iím not digginí this but I would like to see how it ages.
cstuartj (1020) - 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 (4917) - 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 Khouryís. 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.