Hanuta06 (146) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: from tap at The Beer Junction.
Aroma: moderate chocolate aroma.
Appearance: small, frothy, brown, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark brown/black body.
Taste: heavy/harshly sweet, dark-chocolate, initial flavor and finish with long duration.
Palate: medium body, oily texture and soft carbonation.
Overall: at first it tasted really good--like a dark-chocolate bar--but the overwhelming sweetness quickly got old. By the time I’d finished half the glass, I was getting tired of it and it took a while to finish the second half. Reminded me of the days after Halloween during my childhood when I’d eaten too much candy in one sitting. It would be great in a four ounce sampler, but an entire glass was too much.
Daytonbeer (391) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with tan head and very little lacing. Aroma of creamy candy chocolate. Taste of milk chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol burn on the back end. It reminds me of drinking a milk chocolate liquor. Very nice desert beer.
pdx77 (346) - Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Apex. Deep black with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate aroma. Flavor is boozy with dark chocolate, vanilla, almond notes. Viscous mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and warm.
MikeLuke23 (35) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ The Independent. Pours a deep dark chocolate color with a nice brown head. Aroma is chocolate all the way. Flavor is of sweet malt, Coffee, and tons of chocolate. Wow! Great beer.
---Rated @ your Moms House.
VikingHammer (493) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour black with a small ring of brown bubbles. Head disappear quickly. Aroma is chocolate covered coffee beans with hints of vanilla. Does remind me slightly of biscotti. Thick and rich. Roasted malts are present first then finished sweet and slightly dry.
Ron (1990) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found my May 2012 notes from visit to Tap and Mallet. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of roasted malts with some coffee and a note of sweet vanilla underlying. Flavor has lots O roasted malts and a hint of coffee with a sweet finish of vanilla. A little bit of alcohol burn. Plenty warming.
BOLTZ7555 (2378) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Acquired via Charleston Beer Exchange. Espresso pour with a moderate mocha head. Godiva-coated Kona coffee bean, caramel, vanilla, biscuit, and maple. Hint of honey, touch of toffee, and pinch of prune. Yum.
thomas15 (521) - USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is nutty vanilla chocolate with slight raisins and a flicker of dark fruit. Appearance is pitch black with sweaty lacing. Taste is chocolate with a nutty aspect with slight roast and some dark fruit sweetness.
boydmarq (41) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark coffee brown with a brown head that dissipates quickly.. Aroma of coffee, prunes and chocolate. Flavor is ultra rich - sweet and thick on the front end, a bit dry on the back. Can taste the alcohol. Very full-bodied, thick and a bit oily. Rich full body that doesn’t linger too long.
A very nice beer, but didn’t quite live up to the hype.
Jamesthebrit (47) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
S: chocolate. coffee. hugely decedent but a bit of a bitter backend.
A: looks good... super thick. little head retention. Black as night.
T: Again, super indulgent. Huge chocolate and coffee. Super thick, sweet. Finish is boozy and bitter.
P: Full on milkshake here. It’s way too thick for me.... Also finish is very bitter. very very bitter.
Overall this is just too much. Huge coffee and chocolate flavors but the mouthfeel is like a smoothie..... To me, it brings the flavors of a thinner porter like harviestoon but it the mouthfeel is overly thick.
1FastSTi (3156) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a very dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, prunes, dark malts, chocolate, and white grapes. Flavor is much the same. Lots of those prune and grapes going on with balanced coffee and chocolate. Kind of reminiscent of some older dark lords. Rich full body that doesn’t linger too long.