jtclockwork (6932) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Beerman6686. Pours black oil with mocha brown head. Nose and taste of molasses, burnt brown sugar, black licorice, roast chocolate, coffee, dank resinous hops and vanilla. Full bodied.
Advocate_Ames (362) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9th Anniversary Bottle. Pours jet black with a thick, sticky, and mocha colored foam head. The aroma is of dominating roasted malts, mild chocolate, smoked notes, and a noticeable sugary scent. In tasting I noticed bitter cocoa, molasses, roasty rauch like malts, light licorice, a weak dry finish, and there was a defined hop flavor/bitterness. Overall this was a pleasant smoked stout and worth trying.
artmcd8 (1225) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to charule. Pours a deep dark black with a brown colored head that dissipates to a foam. Aroma of chocolate sand roasted malts. Tastes like bitter dark chocolate. Thick and oily. Well done east end.
charule (748) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from East End. Poured pitch black with dark caramel head. Very chocolate molasses aroma. Light to min carb med thick bod. Drying light bitter choc taste.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fliptop bottle @ our annual Christmas night bottle share... Poured pitch black with a thin, light brown head. Nose had some peat, metallic smoke and worty malt. Thick viscous. Peaty and smokey. Way unbalanced. Bitter and astringent with a sharp wood tone. A savory soy sauce tone came in too. Not for me. Aroma was the best thing about it.
Ughsmash (6970) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big ol’ bottle. Poured thick, inky black with a very dark brown head.. looked great in the glass. The aroma picked up a helluva lot of licorice, with lesser soy sauce, dark fruit, and smoky black malts.. some oxidation showed. The flavor found a heavy core with more licorice, soy sauce, and burnt, odd, lightly-smoked black malts.. quite salty.. this didn’t do it for me. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. slick across the middle.. tacky in the end.. just OK overall.
MIBRomeo (2485) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Huge inky black pour w/ a tall brown head and some thick lacing. Some light smoke toasty notes I want to smell burnt toast almost and something a tiny bit bitter with hints of chocolate. Thick well coated palate. Taste has something just off to it. I wanted to say lactose and some burnt coffee touches of sour. Not very good.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the guy who shared this at the tasting last night. I don’t want to use the word "toast" to describe this beer, but regardless of the name, it really does have an excellent toasted bread flavor to it. Heavy on the roast malts, with chocolate to add some sweetness to it. A part of it reminds me of KtG. Really good beer and still in good form after being a couple years old.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. First reviewed 2/23/2011. Poured from a 1L swingtop bottle into a pint glass.
Toaster has a molasses, nearly black, color throughout, with a nice looking coffee color cream cap.
The aroma is malt forward, with lots of roasted malt, smokey notes, molasses, and chocolate.
Up front the roasted malt works well with dark chocolate and roast coffee. Some smokiness is there too, and I get a whiff up my nose as well while I am sipping this. Some molasses flavor adds a light sweetness. The finish is clean and sweet.
This is full bodied, with medium carbonation, which I feel may have declined over time. A strong toasted feel.
This was a treat to try, and I definitely enjoyed it. Unless they brew this again, I will probably not be able to get any more, though.
Ratman197 (8869) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 litre swing top bottle poured an opaque dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, licorice and light vanilla with a smooth lingering roasty finish.