Meilby (10310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, licorice, coffee and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
FatPhil (12190) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle (bierkompass.de)
7 chocolatey roast, a touch of burnt bitterness.
5- Black. Tight tan head.
7 Chocolatey again, but burnt and bitter too. Quite potent biting hoppy retronasals. Burntness dominates.
4 Full smooth palate, gentle carbonation. Very roasty dry burnt finish. As it warms it becomes slimier.
14 Solid stout. Burntness and bitterness a touch astringent after a while.
Kinz (3625) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond 16th. Black and oily. Dark chocolate aroma. Flavor matches. Alcohol clearly present. Surprisingly prickly carbonation. Sort of simple in some ways, very straightforward one note flavor, but it is a successful one note.
zizzybalubba (1736) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet (listed on the label as Soft DK). Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of smoke, dark chocolate, vanilla, and faint roasted coffee. The taste is bitter dark chocolate with a slight vanilla finish. The vanilla gives way to a lingering smokiness. Creamy mouthfeel. If you can get past the name this one extraordinary beer.
olsvammel (4942) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from systembolaget. It poured a pitch black liquid with a brown head. Lots of dark malt and chocolate on the nose, also a bit sour. Similar taste with some liqourice. Would have loved a stronger smell, but besides that very nice.
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Soft DK label, shared by Kinz at the 16th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 11/5/11. Pours a pitch black color with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of bitter hops, roasted malts, tobacco and bitter chocolate. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bitter hops and tobacco. Full bodied.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the the Sweet Sixteen Richmond Gathering. Black pour with brown head. I actually do see where they get the name for this. Vanilla max. Sweet roast max. Delicious imp stout. A little hot.
tia (1476) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2015 New. Tap @ Mekong. Very dark with thin head and decent lacing. Smells like chocolate milk,.dark fruit, and a little boozy. Dry and not too heavy. Roasty and a little sour.
.Original 7/5/7/4/14 (3.7) from 11/12 Bottle. Back with ample light brown head. Smells toasty, choclatey, cherries- but not overwhelming. Reminds me of chocolate cherries. Nice dry finish.
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Churchills. Black pour, light brown head. Vanilla, bitter chocolate, some hop notes. Flavor is vanilla, roast, cocoa, bitter finish. Yes!
Cybercat (4435) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, rich sable only a whisker or two above black with a thick, foamy, fine-bubbled light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Strong aroma is smoky with tones of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel and molasses - and, yes, there is a subtle vanilla note as well. Flavor has notes of roast coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and molasses. Smooth texture has above-average body and a fair amount of fizz. This one’s a winner, so look for it!