BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured pitch black with a brown head. Raisin and dark fruit aroma. Very sweet. Creamy chocolate, roast malt and dark fruit. Rich and complex. Maybe a bit too sweet, but I love sweets.
OKplus (355) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz serving. Batch 6 poured into a snifter.
A - Pours an evil black with a 1 finger espresso head that leaves sticky patches of lacing.
S - Bold chocolate and espresso, robust roasted malts, boozy vanilla vapors, caramelized sugar.
T - Intense roasted bittersweet chocolate, cocoa dusted dates and raisins, woody hop bitterness, toasted brown sugar, anise seeds, warming alcohol and espresso on the finish. Hints of bacon come out as it warms.
M - Full body, a bit syrupy, low to medium carbonation.
Intense sweet flavors that are balanced by a robust roast character and hints of bitterness. Very complex malt and dark fruit flavors.
Serving type: bottle
zoucrew102 (149) - - MAY 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage batch 8. Aroma is chocolate and some coffee, but no hint of booze which surprising given the content. Pours black with a lingering light brown head. Taste is chocolate malt with some hints of coffee and dark fruit with a strong boozy finish.
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KegOstertag (70) - - MAY 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank in snifter poured from 12oz bottle. Aroma - roasted coffee/chocolate malt. Appearance - very dark brown with light colored frothy head. Taste - whooo. Very potent with alcohol and sweet coffee. Very good and im bout to be drunk. Palate - heavy booze and heat. Nice chocolate taste. Overall - very hot but still great to sip on. Very enjoyable.
BeerViking (1424) - LŁneburg, Lower Saxony, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 8 years old, pours like a good Americano, fresh piney nose with hints of milk chocolate, beef extract, slight mustiness, body is full, with dry mustiness again but also Bovril, milk chocolate, dry earthiness, wintergreen, rum and plum wine, pulled down though by a musty barrel note.
swesson (10) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a stout's stout. Reminds me of that special Sam Adams stout in the special blue bottle that came out many years ago. Doesn't have much of a head, which is disappointing, but the taste is great. A special beer for a special occasion. But not the Super Bowl.
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BlackIPA (716) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2010 vintage
pours a thick black with a small brown head. When held up to the light, it does yield a red tinge near the edge of the glass. aromas of a shit ton of roast, some booze, some cocoa. very malt forward. Huge hit of roast bitter malt overwhelms you upon first sip. Tons of marshmallow, black cock, some sweetness but not overwhelmingly sweet. Some anal rape, but no prison sex. A few years has mellowed this thing out, nowhaddameinga? good.
RickTStiles (568) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with a thin off white head. sweet, syrupy aroma with notes of soy. body is thick as hell with only a light carbonation. taste is bold, boozy, woody and chocolatey. finish is long long long. what a beer.
mcrae19 (59) - - APR 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 8 (Nov. 2012). 12 oz. bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours jet black with a slight tan head. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Aromas of alcohol, soy sauce (!), and a light, smoky quality which manifests later in the flavor of campfire smoke. A little burn on the finish. Love it.
ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 4/1/13. My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. Itís not the thickest looking pour Iíve seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. Thereís even some lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. Iím really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too.
T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - itís almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like itís every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, itís the lack of impressive depth thatís the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character.
M: It doesnít feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything thatís occurring within the flavor profile.
O: Right now, itís pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.
llcooldave (904) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black in the glass. Alcohol esters with some maple, coffee and cocoa aromas. Cocoa and Kahlķa flavors followed by a dryness on the palate. Overall, I love it... great stuff.