jandd1983 (2630) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of rich roasted malts, coffee, sweet malts, some cocoa and vanilla. The taste was rich roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, vanilla with some herbal notes. Very nice.
Iphonephan (3405) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Scion in DC. Pours bkack with a tan head. Aroma of dark cherries and caramel. Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose with some sweet plum jam. Wow.
Ron (2609) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2 oz sample at Tap and Table. At end of long night of drinking, this finished me off. Black with almost no head. Sweet cherry vinegar chocolate and amber incense aroma and taste with light coffee notes and a strong smokey finish. Thick oily palate.
oRos (1130) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by marcus. Color is black with creamy brown head. Taste is smoky with a chocolate taste. Aroma is molasses and sweet
bhensonb (11282) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours very dark brown/black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma is sort of chocolate-treacle, then a hint of coffee. Full bodied. Flavor is coffee/chocolate treacle. It’s very smooth. Finishes not quite dry with some herb notes. Nice sipper.
italianjohn (2352) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour thin beige to tan head .. poured out thick and oily .... aroma is slightly boozy and of black licorice, dark chocolate .... taste is of vanilla, dark chocolate, black licorice and a little bitter hop bite with a bit of dark fruit to it as well ... mouthfeel is thick and oily .... dry and abv is hidden well .... finish is simple and dry with a lingering bittersweetness .... not bad stuff
marcus (6606) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a sweet chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.
Glouglouburp (6085) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A thick viscous big black beer with decent complexity. Good sipper.
How: Tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier VT.
The look: Black body topped by a tiny tan ring of foam.
In long: Nose is rich blackened malts, ground coffee, dark fruits, chocolate. Taste has pretty much everything that you can expect to find in bit sticky stout/porter, it is chocolaty, it is fruity (prunes, figs), there is molasses, the is sweet black liquorice, pleasant notes of vanilla and also a cloves-like spiciness. Carbonation is rather soft creating a thick viscous mouthfeel. This is obviously a very sweet beer but not to the point of being cloying. The beer is a bit warm but overall I found the alcohol very well hidden considering it is over 11%. There’s a bit of everything in this beer, it is on the heavy side of course, it is a sipper after all, but drinking a full glass was a pleasure. A very strong beer indeed, and when I ordered it I asked the barman for its STRONGEST BEER very loudly to make sure everybody heard me, and then I wrestled the glass to the ground, and judging by the stunned look on everybody’s face, they were impressed.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black, bit of brown, with a very thin layer of chocolate-khaki head. Fades quickly.
S - Dark chocolate malts, molasses, some cherry and other dark fruits, black licorice, a hint of coffee and vanilla, and some booze.
T - Sweet dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, cherry, molasses, black licorice, coffee, vanilla, coffee, vanilla, a bit of sourness, and some booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Big, bold, and complex, but very well balanced. Fantastic beer.
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Beer Hall in Waterloo
The beer pours black with a very small head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a lot of soy and tobacco up front but after it warms most of the soy goes away and is given way to more pleasant dark fruit, molasses, and dark chocolate.
The flavor is sweet and fairly dark fruit forward. The beer has a nice subtle smokiness and is lightly bitter but plenty roasty. The beer is a big one with plenty of warming booze... let it warm up before you drink it all up...duh.
The beer is big and viscous on the tongue, the way a beer like this should be. G.
Seems like the bottled sample I had was more superfantasitc, but this is still pretty excellent.