raradel (342) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let this one warm up a little, maybe 45-50 degrees, Really opens up! This is a really great fusion beer that you respect a lot once you understand the process. Sweet for the style, but really well balanced by the roasted malt. Smooth and complex, one of the really good ones!
J_man (760) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this has to be the darkest beer I’ve ever seen! No perceptible light at any point in the glass under an intense halogen light. Also the deepest brown head I think I’ve ever seen. Deliciously deep dark chocolate and cocoa in the aroma with a woody/earthy undertone. The chocolate follows in spades in the flavor along with a dry, woody, slightly charred bitterness. Pretty much every kind of chocolate wells up in the middle of the sip with a good sweetness to balance the slightly acrid char, but nothing here is overwhelming or cloying. The alcohol peeks through, but there’s so much flavor and body here that it doesn’t really give an indication of how strong this is. Finishes sweet, dry and chocolaty with a nice charred wood aftertaste. I was afraid I’d held on to this too long (the bottle was marked "Bottled in 2010"), but I think this may have just hit it’s prime. I can’t imagine it could have been better years ago, but then maybe I should have bought another bottle and found out the answer to that.
Andy_ (857) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle
Dark brown opaque beer with brown head. Aroma and flavor have coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark bread, licorice and honey. Palate is quite full with medium carbonation. Finish has mild bitterness. Aftertaste is roasted with coffee and chocolate. A very smooth and enjoyable brew, could be still a bit thicker and have more bitterness.
mmmbeer (1283) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle served in shaker (from Twin Liquors at Parmer and Mopac)- poured an honest midnight black when held to a light source, half finger darkened brown head formed and laced very nicely. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, earth, and a roasted malt. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt has smoke interlaced with it, middle holds up fine with some raw tobacco flavoring, finish is only slightly oily with a small amount of heat, but a velvet texture and a slight bittering lingerness. Listened to Davis and Coltrane while writing this (So What), nice accompanyment. Now time for some Hank 3, Slayer, and Tupac...
Brandon1989 (395) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a dark black color with a thick creamy khaki head that has great retention and left a lot of lacing around the glass. The aroma is chocolate, dark roasted barley, coffee, and caramel. The taste is quite unique for the style. I pick up honey, chocolate, and some slight hop bitterness and it finishes with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is picked up slightly in the taste and also some hints of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is on the medium side and the drinkability is quite high but as the beer warms the alcohol is more prevalent.
aumentm (196) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Love the idea. Love the label. Love the experience. Didn’t love the taste. It was just too malty and imperial for me.
mtdewa1 (431) - rome, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour, 1 finger khaki head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, bourbon minus the alcohol, and roasted malts. Mild carbonation and a bit thin. Smooth and velvety, oily. Very good overall.
climberbob (232) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Black beer with thin head. Toasty roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and malt. I could not taste the honey beer.
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TXBadger (1702) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt and dark chocolate notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with sweetness. Not bad.
RickTheRick (524) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une mousse splendide, une des plus belles que j’ai vue, se dresse majestueusement sur une bière noire et opaque. Une pointe délicatement florale perce au travers des arômes sucrés mettant en vedette le chocolat noir et le miel. Ces arômes sont habilement transposés en bouche, l’amertume de la racine de gesho ajoutant une couche de complexité intéressant. Costaude, mais aucunement lourde, la gazéification très adéquate contribue à rendre cette bière assez facile à boire.
ericdevin (961) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sundance Natural Foods, Eugene. Pours a translucent reddish brown, little to no tan head. Aroma dried fruit, figs, cherries, some slight coffe and roast character. Body medium-thin, with a dry, crisp roasty finish, but just a bit of rounded sweetness from the honey. Well-balanced, unique, but not on the level of the very best.