GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an inky black with almost no head. Lovely aroma of vanilla, coffee, toffee and cocoa. The taste is complex, featuring hops, carmel, coffee, malts, chocolate and vanilla all blending together exceedingly well. The palate is thinner than I would have liked but is exceedingly smooth and mild given the high alcohol content.
mikem409 (1859) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black color thong bubbly head. Aroma is big barrel chocolate
Taste is bold dark chocolate with bigger oak wood.
Mora2000 (6051) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Black with a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee notes. The flavor is very similar with a lot of heavily roasted malt and chocolate. I also get a hint of oak. The beer is very dry. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, aged in oak wine barrels. Poured deep brown with a fairly short-lived dark tan head. The aroma was delightful.. warm vinous notes, oak, and a kiss of tart cherry over warm chocolate, espresso, and vanilla bean.. peppery alcohol on the very edges of the nose.. a touch more base beer substance and this was a "10". The flavor held serve.. tangy vinous notes and oak on the tip of the tongue, with rich mocha and coconut following.. the dry, oaky edges picked up black pepper and more wine character.. finished on the tangy side with a lot of mocha, complementary wine barrel, and belly warmth. Medium-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a tad slick on the middle.. OK feel.. very good overall.
PhillyCraft (4074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog. Bottle split Dad and Annie in 2011. Pours brown with not much head or lacing. Aromas and taste are cocoa, Pinot barrels, cheese, fig, coffee, and dark fruit. Smooth body with lighter carbonation. Very nice.
Beerman6686 (5396) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a medium to darker brown color with a biege head. Aroma was of a good bit of red wine, with some light roast and dark chocolate. Flavor owas oak, red wine, medium roast and chocolate covered cherries. Red wine and stout blended to perfection in this one.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of licorice, tart dark chocolate, and caramel. Pours black with very little film. Taste is smooth and roasty. Mostly cocoa and coffee coming through. Great ris.
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head that doesn’t stick around for long. The bouquet furnishes a medley of fudge, nuttiness and lightly acidic, vinous red wine. Full-bodied and super creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor is deeply roasted, offering loads of scorched, carbonic, charcoal-like notes. Burnt, bitter, tongue-numbing finish that dries way out.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy, about a 1 year old bottle. Pours deep, dark black with a rich chocolate head. Aroma is very big dark roasted grainy bitter chocolate malt. Flavor is a bit mellow but still intense dark roasted grain, malty, espresso and dark chocolate with a strong dark roast/chocolate bitterness, alcohol blends in well. Heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Overall, excellent brew!
DocLock (8602) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Craft. Pours oily, thick, and jet black, with minimal head. Nose is heavy rich dark malt, cacao, oaky bourbon, molasses, anise, hazelnut. Tastes thick, rich, complex, with dark malt, cacao, and anise up front, mid-palate hazelnut, prune, port and a thick complex finish. This one is great. I didn’t like it quite as much as the regular version, but enjoyed it greatly.
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml from TheEpeeist. I have been holding this for a good long while. Opened with friends. Pours a rich blackish thicker pour, inky opaque dark qualities. A frothy brownish head sits atop, dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are rich cocoa and roasty barley. Healthy red wine barrel, oak, spirit, and vanilla. Kisses of cocoa grow as it warms, coffee, more roast, sweet caramel, molasses, and barrel kisses. A gentle spirit with kisses of dark fruit, red wine, some gentle tannin play. Initial is fuller bodied, up front offers roast and toasty, creamy sweetness, and a good kick of barrel. Cocoa, spirit, and vanilla. Gentle heat, some dark fruit, cocoa and roast, caramel. Full, sweet, and roasty. Biscuits, caramel, more fruity nose. Finish is lingering pretzels, biscuits, and coffee. Cocoa, dark but with a lean towards sweetness. Gentle barrel, roast, and a rich vanilla that starts to grow with touches of red wine tannins sticking and drying a bit. Overall, it’s a solid beer but a bit all over the place.