Niko100 (1664) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich black color; Heavy slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, rich dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, & alcohol; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit (notably plums), raisons, spice, and alcohol; Warm booze finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Similar to a port; Overall, the alcohol can be a bit much at times - but still a very good brew.
Errl (1087) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle..Pour is dark with no head and some bubbles..Nose is nice bold roast, spice, chocolate..Taste is cola, spice, chocolate, caramel..
zickbeer_ye (184) - Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice hearty malty chocolate alc aroma kinda like jet fuel. Foamy light brown head and very dark body. Grapey malty chocolate flavors some carmel and smooth hot alc. Smooth creamy and hot on the palate. DELICIOUS!
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of tobacco, tar, cocoa nibs, dried black cherry, and subtle espresso. Solid black, viscous, and with a fully fading, brown head. Dry, chocolatey, cherry-like, and a little boozey. Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and hot but warranted.
jbdpsu82 (94) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours oil black with a very active brown head that quickly dissipates. Seems a little carbonated for a stout at first glance. Smells amazing and barley and booze, excellent combination. Tastes the same, goes down surprisingly smooth. A new favorite
Alphadelic (1728) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one tucked away for at least a year. Total darkness, with a permanent lacing. A huge fruit aroma that jumps right out of the glass. Some complex, roasty astringency underneath it. In the mouth it is thick but dances across the tongue. Plenty of maillard flavours and deep smokiness. Incredible tobacco and fruit as it unfolds. Followed by one perfectly dry finish. I am honestly pretty amazed by this one.
Lightrider (222) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2013 Thanks Dave N. Bottle into a stout glass. Pour is a black with a brown lace head. Aroma is a sweet bitter with a molasses back. Taste is over the top complex, this is art. Finish is so warm and sweet. This is a great stout, hands down great.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle at Novare Res. Pours black as hell, with almost no head. Smells of strong red berry. Tastes intense. Red berry, red currant, black currant, port wine, vanilla. Just intense goodness. Thick, boozy, smooth. Almost no carbonation. Finishes cloying, but you love that it does.
keanex (1133) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled November 17, 2009.
Appearance: Pitch black body, but no head could be coaxed, only a thin tan ring.
Aroma: Huge cherry notes, this seems like itís going a bit sour actually. Roasted malts and cocoa back it, but thereís an odd funk I canít describe. It reminds me a bit of cheese.
Taste: Wow, huge fruit notes. This drinks like a port wine, without the cocoa and roasted backing you get from a 2-3 year aged one. Some cardboard, some booze, some roasted malts, some odd funk, I donít know what to make of this.
Palate: Thick and syrupy with slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall: Interesting, but this is past itís prime, at least how it was stored. I have a bunch of 2010 that still drink nicely, but this 2009 is bordering on too old.
Tstamba (138) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster of 2004 at the brewery, dark black, no head or lacing, alcohol on the nose .., got some coffee and smokey notes with a boozy finish... A sipper.
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