arminjewell (6217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thick oily black pour with dark brown head, 9th anniversary bottle. Aroma brought notes of big molasses, cocoa powder, dark sugars, hints of roast, anise, some peppery notes, hints of toasted bread as well. Taste is a mix of dark sugars, peppery, anise, some slight smoke, hints of earthy tones into sweet molasses, some dark fruit, touch of cocoa powder, toasted bread, finishing sweet, slightly dry, touch of booze. Thick and rich for sure, fine carbonation that’s better after swirling it out a bit. The mix of smoke/ toasted and roasted barley with the sugars does relatively give the sense of burnt toast, not sure if that was what they were going for but it rang a bell for me. Overall good, looks great and great palate.
John25 (517) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a small mocha head. The aroma has slight booze, roasted malt, and banana bread. The taste is chocolate, sweet bread, and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and a little syrupy. Really good
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conway (1453) - - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Jet black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is lactic with banana and chocolate. Taste follows suit but adds an enormous portion of roasted/charred malt. Lots of molasses and a hint of marshmallow. Thick sticky mouthfeel with little carb. Really good.
jtclockwork (8461) - , 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 (432) - 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 (1617) - 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 (1117) - 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 (4140) - 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 (7146) - 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 (2559) - 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.