taegubus (1) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2013 does not count
0.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottle. Having read a few of the ratings for this beer I have to ask myself what the other people had to drink before they drank this. To me it tasted like an overcooked soy sauce with a strong kick of alcohol to try and make things interesting -- at which it failed miserably. Perhaps if I had poured it into a glass my reaction might have been more favorable, but I seriously doubt it. Overall, I regret spending the money to purchase this beverage and will never again buy anything from Evil Twins Brewing -- sorry guys.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4294) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2013 Sampled on draft at the House of 1000 Beers this beer poured thick and black with a medium sized foamy tan head that faded quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was very faint with notes of sweet malts, chocolate, anise and a touch of raisin - pleasant but very subdued. The flavor was toasty plum, raisin, chocolate and anise with a boozy and slightly astringent undertone. Long finish of chocolate, raising and anise with lingering booziness. Thick, creamy and smooth body. Interesting.
JHeath99 (310) - - SEP 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours opaque motor oil black with dark caramel head. Aroma of intense roastiness, with dark chocolates also joining in. Taste of intense dark chocolate. Oddly, maybe, I feel it would go great with a nice hot fudge sundae
msnelling09 (73) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours like dark roast coffee, oozing between a deep brown and a black coloring. It pours with a tiny head of miniscule, dark khaki bubbles (as is expected at this ABV), which quickly slicks into a scrim ring along the glass. The beer leaves a super slick, thin curtain of lacing when it washes over the glass, along with a small set of legs to suggest its alcohol content. In body, the beer is too dark to penetrate, but as it pours it does not seem to be the thickest thing to ever come out of a bottle… On the nose, the beer smells richly fruity with dark plum, raisin, and chocolate notes. Brown sugar and dates also appear on the nose, along with the ghost of fusel alcohol. The smell is richly fruity both in malt and yeast character, blending with slight nutty smells. Roast coffee is also present, but it is sitting beside a very pungent raisin/date/plum dipped in brown sugar and chocolate. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly sweet at first, almost cloying with definite alcohol notes, but this perfectly melds into a dry, lightly bitter roast as the beer finishes. There is a light, tart pop at the back of the finish, which adds a level of complexity that I did not expect from this beer. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet plums dipped in a light chocolate. Faint raisins and brown sugar dance on the tongue after the initial flavor, but they are buoyed along by cloying, sweet alcohol that takes a little away from the beer. Luckily, this alcohol is very brief, and is bludgeoned aside by beautiful, dry, French roast coffee. A touch of vanilla and cinnamon, also, bring light spice to the tongue, perhaps from the alcohol, just as the coffee flavor moves in. The finish is light, but long and gives hints of praline, pecans and milk chocolate. In the mouth, this beer feels silky smooth and on the heavy side of medium in body. Carbonation is smooth and velvety, blanketing the tongue in oozing goodness. The mouth is left roasted dry and slightly sticky. Overall, this is a beautifully complex and rich porter. Its thinner mouthfeel and silkiness definitely lend it to the porter style, and not to the thick and chewy stouts, but it works beautifully. I think it could do with a little aging to smooth out the cloying alcohol in the middle of the sip, but I still think it’s great to drink now.
jgb9348 (4296) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with only a touch of light escaping at the sides with a chocolate milk and violet glow with no head at all - just an oily slick on top. Aroma of roasted malt, soy sauce, mushrooms, vanilla, oak, alcohol and a lot of caramelised sugars. Full-bodied; Strong assertive alcohol flavour up front with a lot of roasted malt, some dry oak and vanilla, a hit of oatmeal and anise with a warming feel and some nice sweetness at the end. Aftertaste revolves around the roasted malt, alcohol and spice combination with the sugars playing a nice subtle role and finishing dry from the oak. Overall, a fairly good strong porter with a ton of alcohol (and it shows) and a nice subtle spice and sweetness combination that works well and shows a moderate level of complexity. Nice to say that the beer is in a small format and a moderate price - very nice things to be seen! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 07-June-2013 for US$3.99 sampled at home in Washington on 02-September-2013.
JoeLimpert (33) - - SEP 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a dark brown to black with almost no head. This has a nice coffee aroma with a smokey taste.
pepsican (1397) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I take long flight of much stress to airport of O’hair with no SPL beer available except piss of horse. When I arrive at airport all I see is hot ladies dancing on an island of goose. I have luck of elephant and ride small plane to area of Iowa City to party with great heard of young women. Upon touch down not unlike local sport I find small food store that offers beers of all nation. I find high boost beer of low price with dark color, leading me back to the homeland. Much dancing and all of the available town fun has become after this SPL beer, would return.
TimsRatings (274) - - AUG 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Pours almost black with little head. Really nice stout aroma of coffee and caramel. Taste is dark and good (good and dark?). Really really strong, but a relatively smooth combination of the strong coffee and other flavors.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
haukur (1135) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
big roasty aroma of dark fruits, raisins, roasted bread and maybe some nuts. Black with a brown head. Finish is long and roasty.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Appalachian vintner. Pours black and viscous with a very thin, late developing khaki head. Big raisin and dark fruits on the nose. Very malty on the tongue and thick as well. Lots of flavor. Very nice. Finishes with a nice amount of bitterness. Thus one kicks much ass.