Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance - BLACK, thick brown head, chocolate lacing
Aroma - Coffee, brownies, vanilla, wood, raisins
Taste - Fruit, molasses, mocha, vanilla, oak, nuts, liquor
Thank you Jordan for this exquisite elixir! This beer is almost chewy, full of brandy-soaked dark fruits and soft coffee undertones. You can taste cognac in every sip, but it’s so perfectly balanced... One of Cigar City’s best. There’s no doubt that this will age wonderfully.
TheEpeeist (3364) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #100 for this one. 25.4 oz bottle. Deep brown with a tan slick and a few edgy bubbles. Nose is chocolate cake, cognac, wood, raisin and molasses. Oily medium body with a sharp boozy tang. Taste is black licorice, dark chocolate, soft cognac, boysenberry and malt. Big brew but well contained.
gEUS (1061) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Diabeeeetus! Bottle kindly shared by kermis at the CMLSG14 cellar tasting. Pours deep black with a decent head. Incredibly boozy sweet chocolate nose and it pulls all the way through over the body and aroma. Over the top sweetness whicc disbalances the whole beer. Pity.
JulienHuxley (3158) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at tasting. Flat black pour. Aroma is really chocolatey, dark fruits (plums, dates), very light roast, light oaky notes. Taste is very sweet, heavy and boozy, cloying fruity sweetness, port notes. Palate is rich and sweet, low carbonation, cloying. Interesting flavors, but way over the top.
kermis (5260) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the 2014 tasting in the Cellar of Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Pours near black with barely any head. Aroma of rich cacao, fudge, some boozy cognac, toffee and light roast. Flavor is heavy sweet. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Real sweet but excellent!
Sarlacc83 (766) - Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Matt. Thanks!
A: Huge chocolate head with surprisingly poor retention. Body is nightmare black and this one has legs to 11.
N: Cognac, malted milk-balls, white chocolate, cocoa, cherry, caramel, anise, and some licorice.
T: Char, sour cherry, big sweetness. Moderating bitterness, but malt and cognac are front and center.
M: Thick, oily, creamy. Alcohol hides.
O: Dessert in a glass. Big-sipper that has a pleasant cherry truffle aspect to it. Complex and delicious.
Steve_0 (2684) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Armin. Thanks ma!. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and decent lacing. Sweet chocolate, anise, leathery, wood, roasted malt, bourbon, toasted caramel, raisins, figs, sweet raisins, and grapes in the aroma. Taste is sweet baker’s chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, graham crackers, sweet malt, toffee, burnt caramel, brownies, and nutty with a roasted bitter finish. Thick velvety mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Seriously tasty stout!
bytemesis (3219) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to 50belair! Shared with friends. Pours inky black with a small dark black creamy head that lasts and laces well. Aroma is hugely rich, roasty, chocolate, molasses, cognac. Flavor follows, lots of chocolate and cognac, quite sweet, medium bitter. Some astringency on the finish. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Quite a tasty effort.
Jesterdeal (1887) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Dave. Wow! Aroma of roast cocoa, chocolate milk, and chocolate cake. Pours thick and black with a medium dark brown head. Taste is sweet chocolate cake, roast cocoa, and heavy cream. Perfect blend of milk chocolate taste, roast coffee, and barrel booziness. This is an absolute delight.
Dfonorow (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is black, no light getting through, and no head. Aroma is very creamy with notes of lactose, malted milk balls, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Flavor brings out more coffee with chocolate, vanilla, and smoke thrown in. A little too cloying for me.
olr1984 (1081) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks to Tim. Pours a dark black with the thin tan and. Vanilla and oak aroma. Vanilla big barrel booze and chocolate taste