HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, many thanks to Gunhaver for sharing. Poured pitch black almost zero head. Nose is cocoa, dark fruit, and coffee. Medium bodied, very smooth with mild carbonation. Flavor is strong cocoa, fruity hops, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Very well balanced and mild. Finish is roasted with lots more cocoa. Very tasty beer!
Ibrew2or3 (7411) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of THE Gunhaver, thanks man, I’ve been looking forward to trying this. Pours very dark with amber edges and thin tan head. The aroma is roasty, some coffee, a touch of caramel and a thin layer of earthiness. The mouth is rich but doesn’t head all the way to velvety. It has loads of tasty malt flavors to go along with coffee, creamy caramel, blunted burnt malts, a modest level of fudge brownie and soft spice notes way in the background. Great mix of flavor here creating a soothing rich balance.
bierkoning (11035) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Radiomgb, thanks! Almost black and opague. Roast, vanilla and chocolate in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with vanilla, pear and chocolate. Some roastbitterness in the finish. Luscious and very drinkable. Cacao in the aftertaste. Only a bit too simple to get a 4+.
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
POurs a deep brown. Nose is huge cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses. Flavor is big roasted coffe bean, liquorice, chocolate, toffee and pungent spice.
bhensonb (12294) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Thanks man! Pours really dark with a slight tan head. Really rich dark toast aroma. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is smokey, toasty malt and chocolate. It is like candy, except it’s not all that sweet. Seems pretty well balanced. There’s a strange pervading flavor - think it’s vanilla. Not a problem. Whatever it is, it blends in well. Very nice. Finishes towards chocolate.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. finally getting to try this, and from a bottle no less! Smokey chocolatey, peaty, a hint of malty undertones. Nice.
garthicus (2783) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pitch black, small but thick brown head. Aroma: Super chocolate, coffee, chocolate again, vanilla and just mouthwatering. Flavour: Cold ’hot’ chocolate, mocha, bitter coffee, peat, hops with a lovely creamy mouth-feel, this is just superb.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow move over top stouts there’s another kid on the block that brings a big cocoa nose with a smooth velvet vanilla finish..yea this beer is that good..really hard to get but worth the effort. Nice tan chocolate head with a great finish and the nose is incredible! I could drink this stuff till I pass out ..Wow!
dgoulet (1) - USA - AUG 30, 2009 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Impressive mix between sweet chocolate and vanilla. This is absolutely not too much of a sugar taste. It is creamy ’a souhait’ and extremely smooth. Very Impressive and by far my favorite.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pours black with a white head and spotty lacing. Nose is big on chocolate and vanilla. Some caramel and dark roast as well. Flavor is awesome, lots of chocolate, vanilla, some delightful spices and extremely smooth with a nice roast finish. Very velvety smooth. Love it.