thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33.8oz gusher thanks to bu11zeye of the 2009 vintage) Pours jet black with huge dark brown thick head. Nose of roasted grains, dark chocolate, coffee, and cream. Taste is very roasted grains, dark chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Very carbonated thick body.
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
gusher bottle thanks to bu11zeye. black with a thick espresso head. chocolate, roasted malts, fudge, vanilla, syrup, and wood. very nice on the palate, thick roasted malts, chocolate, more roast, wood, and that’s about it.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 gusher thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a huge, deep brown head over a near black body. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, bitter chocolate, coffee and oak. Taste is dry with some bitter cocoa, bitterness, and a touch of sourness. Chalky. Lively carbonation.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is very strange: light adhesive and vanilla. Flavor is oaky with notable hint of vanilla, roast and chocolate. Finish is warm
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1L swingtop bottle vintage 2008 via trade thanks to ericwo on BA. Shared at a tasting with a grip of other mostly BA people. Pours black with a fairly large tan head that lasts a long time. Aroma is heavy on the coffee and roast, with some cocoa, bourbon, and sweet toffee poking through. Flavor is black patent malt city, very roasty and charred tasting - was this a collaboration with Kingsford? Still I like it a lot. Bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, coffee, and toffee are also in there, making it pretty complex. Palate is very dry and charry with medium body. Great beer overall, underrated.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 vintage shared by Jason. The beer pours to a black body with a tall foamy dark brown head. The aroma is sweet black licorice and yeast with black patent malts. The flavor is black patent malt with licorice and some heavy yeasts. The palate is difficult to drink. Very charred.
Ughsmash (7137) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big ol’ 2009 bottle. Poured near-black with a gigantic cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up rich molasses and dry-roasted dark chocolates topped by vanilla and some earth.. very well charred. The flavor was not so good.. charred black patent malts and molasses again at the core with coffee and earthy bitterness around.. depth and complexity were most assuredly lacking, and there was prickly, sharp carbonation all over the place. Medium-bodied on the palate, but very tough to drink with the carbonation.. I could do without drinking this again.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L bottle shared by Tom, thanks: Basically opaque with a huge initial head and spotty lace. The aroma has heavy toasted malt but also smells oxidized and papery with a hint of band-aid. Some prune, oak, vanilla is noticed as well. The taste is fruity and malty, marzipan and ashy wood character before the twangy acidic sourness . The mouth feel is soft and lush, dry finish. Going downhill quickly and turning acidic. Too bad.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
1L swingtop. Thanks RiversideAK! Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Chocolate and oak aroma. Medium body and carb. Lightly astringent vanilla taste. The taste just doesn’t come off right somehow. Dry, bourbon-edged finish.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
1L bottle from cdog69. Opaque black with a rich brown fudgey head. Big rich bourbon nose with some vanilla. The flavor got tired of waiting to be drank, so it just left. Not really all that good.