sitzds (318) - - JAN 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into a tulip. This beer is black, black, black - opaque and unyielding. A two-finger brown head forms before collapsing to a film and leaves patches of lace in the process. More lace rings are deposited on the glass during the session. The aroma is as advertised, but deliciously so - roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, molasses, oak, anise, coffee, and barrel notes of vanilla and bourbon. Taste opens up with roasted malt sweetness, molasses, coffee, anise, and vanilla. Some bitterness creeps through on the finish featuring oak, coffee grounds, a little citrus hop bite, keeping the surge of sweetness from washing out everything else. Only trace alcohol flavors come through, surprisingly. Quite full bodied, thick, creamy, silky slick texture, soft carbonation, drying and warming on the finish. Delicious.
Schwarzbart (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice, smooth, medium-full bodied Imperial Stout. Nice sweet oakiness, bitter chocolate, faint leafy hops, molasses and some Sambuca anise round it out.
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sjohnny (395) - - DEC 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Molasses, prunes, cocoa, roastiness. Black with a dark tan head. Dark fruity sweet. Cocoa. Vanilla. Molasses. Bitter roasty finish. Boozey warmth.
Christpuncher (1390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the smoothest bourbon battered beers I have ever had. Not overly sweet and heavy. Slightly chocolatey and coffe. Pours black with a tan head. Incredible beer
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b33r (685) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Bottle. Pours dark opaque black with large, fluffy, medium brown colored head that sits there like chocolate mouse before it diminishes to a small covering. Aroma has sharp vinous, bourbon notes at first with smooth caramel mocha behind it. Flavor has huge cocoa, coffee malts, balanced with a light bitter bite. Subtle bourbon is evident in the finish & aftertaste, but just enough to round it out and not too intense. Slightly oily mouthfeel, bubbly. Pretty pricey at $15/22oz though.
Strife21 (168) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchases 2 bottles of the 2014. Opened the one and saving the other for next year.
Pours black with tan head. Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, anise. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, tobacco, molasses and smoked wood. Heavy body, light carbonation.
NikkTwist (1745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Good Dog. Pitch black pour with a tight creamy brown head. Good amount of lace. Thick, rich and dark. Big cocoa, coffee and liquorice flavors. Additional notes of tobacco, molasses, peppercorns, black leather and charcoal grill. Feels a bit boozy up front but has such an abundance of wood tannins such that it finishes smooth and dry. Gigantic and fantastic!
ljthiessen (511) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle, huge thanks to northropfrye. Aroma is roasty, chocolate covered cherries. Flavour is chocolate, cocoa, cherries, slightly boozy, a touch of coffee. Wow, this is a treat.
Jerm719 (119) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black. Dark frothy head. Burnt coffee beans, anise, vanilla, marshmallows. Earthy hops, oak. Mild bourbon notes. Extremely balanced for being such a big, full bodied brew. Epic !
DDiMa54619 (1) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at the Heimat House. 2014 variety was black as night with a sweet liquorice and molasses finish. At 11% ABV you barley notice it. Incredible beer.
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 on draft at Aces and Ales in Las Vegas. Small 3oz flight pour. Pours an opaque nearly black thickness with a very lasting mocha head. Aroma is a combination of anise, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and Brazil nuts. The taste is incredible with dark chocolate, anise, roasted nuts, coffee, and wood barrels. Somewhat booze finish, but not overdone. Medium full body, well carbed. Very good.