CpyNPrnT (378) - Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of lots of biscuits and toffee. Taste is toffee, almonds and other nuts, biscuity malt, nice alcohol warming, very good!
Westlake (2) - - SEP 29, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It may appear that I have a bias for this beer, but it surely is grounded in the beer. Pours an opaque ruby black with a quickly diminishing brown head. Aroma is caramel, coffee, hazelnut and alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel and molasses, as well as vanilla and creme brûlée. May be the best beer I’ve ever drank.
slowrunner77 (3815) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yet ANOTHER awesomely decadent big dark brew from evil twin. This one has equal parts coffee and roasted black and chocolate malts in the aroma and flavor, with a bitter backbone, and a good dose of chocolate, vanilla, and almonds in there as well. It’s like a really good imperial stout with amaretto, dipped in espresso. Huge body, heavy, but not sticky, cloying, or overly sweet. Absolutely delicious!"
Elwood (3223) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: Bottle from State Line Liquors. Rather nice to be able to compare this side by side with it’s barrel aged brother. It pours about the same with an almost black color and a thin tan head. The nose is noticeably different. No bourbon here, just plenty of roasted malt, coffee, light chocolate, and a mocha like sweetness. The flavor is a nice balance of the roasted malt and sweeted coffee and a hint of something on the end I can’t quite place. Like blackberry but not. Full bodied and robust with a long finish. Really nice beer.
ttroha (284) - Americus, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Maltitude. Pours dark black with tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma of roasted coffee and caramel. Tastes of espresso, caramel and booze. As a slow boozy burn that lingers on my throat and tongue after each sip. Delicious
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5760-20130830] Bottle. Roasted raisin malt aroma has a bit of a jalepeno pepper. Black brown body with a quick brown head. Roasted pepper skins flavour has a bit too much burnt coffee. Full body. Tasty but super burnt. (7/3/7/3/15) 3.5
(w/ jercraigs, wilco)
Overheard: "Sometimes ’Grandma’ is a funny answer."
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Alemax. Pours very dark brown with quickly settling, light brown head, essentially no lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee. Flavor is sweet, huge caramelized sugar, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, nutty and toasted with a dark chocolate, roasted, bittersweet finish. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and very smooth texture.
jefcon (1392) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glowing, evil reddish head and dark liquid in the glass. Aromas of bitter chocolate and bark and espresso. A profound amount of hops somehow supersedes the serious malt here. Excellent.
suprchunk (2261) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. Tan head. Little bit of lacing. Nice nose on this. Chocolate, bready, malty. Taste is creamy and sweet. Beautiful nectar.
rouhlas (136) - GREECE - SEP 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle at home. Thanks Jan! Black color with nice creamy dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate - milk chocolate, coffee, some olives, some alcohol when it gets warmer. Taste is like aroma but better. Sweet at the beginning, bitter later. Roasted malty, sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, some caramel. Medium to full body, creamy silky feeling, soft carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, it appears only when the beer gets quite warm. Very drinkable! Very good!
Block (1425) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour into a snifter. Roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma. This is a pretty strong beer. The coffee is heavy and masks any underlying alcohol that might try to shine through. Smooth, sweet, potent.