CampesinoTino (751) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of 2012 Vintage. Dark brownish/black in appearance with light cappuccino foam. Aroma is booze-soaked dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, licorice and espresso. The taste opens up with lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and black cherry flavors followed by notes of charred oak, caramelized sugars, port wine and dates. Also a naturally aggressive bourbon-like alcohol presence throughout each sip. Somewhat of a thick, syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a hot, roasted finish. Overall, an ideal sipping beer for long winter nights.
dfroms (204) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2005. Pours near black, no head. Aroma is prunes, bourbon, soy, black chocolate, cherry, oak, some complex brandy-like heat. Taste is impressively drinkable sweet bitter chocolate and bourbon. Coffee, prunes, oak. Tasty.
alliance100 (580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle - pours jet black with thick tan head . Dark cocoa and dark fruit aroma . Taste brings coffee , cocoa , hints of oak , licorice and lots of warming alcohol . Outstanding .
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swesson (174) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Parry's. Wow. Big. Amazing stout. Poured out like 10w-30 thickness. Black as night. Thin, tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and full of stouty goodness. Tastes of caramel, espresso, and pure excellence. One of my favorite new stouts.
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fattybladdy (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 release. Black pour with highly fizzy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and dark roasted malt with detectable booziness. Taste of chocolate and dark fruit followed by vanilla with a warming boozy finish. Pretty damn good.
rejtable (1222) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome. Pours pitch black with an an initial small head and zero lacing. nose is sweet syrup, molasses. Flavours show molasses, dark fruit, some roasted grain, some chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter. Creamy almost oily mouth with lively carbonation. Great beer.
JBPortland (625) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (2014) pours dark oily brown black with a finger of tan head. Nose is boozy dark fruits, raisin, bitter hershey bar. Taste is not quite as boozy as it smells, roasty bitter chocolately malts, dark fruits, plum, raisin. Finish is boozy, roasty sticky cocoa, nutty bitter chocolate, malty.
Zymurgeist2 (934) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at a beer dinner with Sam at Abbot’s Cellar. This was a 2005 vintage served in 2014. Wow! Deep, rich, chocolate. Massively complex and the age has made the tastes blend well. What a great dinner and this beer was the coup de grace!!
mackRIS (20) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap pours a jet black with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roast, molasses. Taste is sweet caramel, coffee, roast and alcohol. Overall a great stout and beer.
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Various vintages (vertical tasting). Summary notes below.
Pours jet black, minimal and quickly dissipating head. Aroma is deep cocoa/chocolate, slight, muted coffee, molasses. Taste incorporates those elements, adds sweet caramel...like a Caramello bar to me for some reason. Overall, big and bold. Heavy on the palate. This is a sipper. Across vintages, you get more chocolate, more of the roasty/caramel notes. Great beer.
trujahwarrior (504) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap 6oz pour. Pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head that leaves light lacing. Smells of roasted malt, boozy, chocolate, and dark fruit. Tasted the same. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with good carbonation and a dry finish. This is one of my favorites. Its very strong yet at the same time relatively smooth. Its sneaks up on you so be aware of that when you drink it. Glad I was able to have it on tap.