NikkTwist (1339) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Oily black pour with some tan foam. Nice roasted flavors. Dark cold cocoa. Chocolate liquorice. Malted milk. Turkish coffee. Creamy body. Some black pepper. Nicely balanced. Semi-sweet but finishes dry. Well made but no exceptional notes.
mcox90 (1428) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can poured into a snifter. Pours black as ink with zero head, Aroma is roasted malt, milk and vanilla bean. Sweet lactose and vanilla bean flavor. More milk chocolate and a bit of caramel. Smooth creamy palate with almost zero carbonation. This was good.
tnkw01 (933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Deep dark, almost black. Aroma is burnt toast and coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee and roasted grains.
andyhwcinc (1307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed from can pour at Township in Chicago, IL prior to my band playing. I've been meaning to try this's, happy I finally did! Appearance is pitch black, light tan rim. Aroma mostly of chocolate malt with light vanilla and coffee notes, smells good. Taste is fantastic! It's going to be -10 here in a couple of days and this is the type of beer to drink for that weather. Rich in lactose and vanilla with huge chocolate notes. Definitely sweet, but great. Also, nice hazelnut notes, almost like Nutella. Happy to have had this!
conway (1054) - - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pitch black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is coffee and chocolate with some lactose. Taste adds roasted malt, nice hints of vanilla and some surprising citrusy hop notes at various points. Velvety palate with some subtle carbonation. This is an almost perfect prototype of the style.
BillWyce (660) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: growler from GAT Beer, NE Philadelphia. Poured opaque ink-black with a 3-finger dark tan head. Creamy and chocolatey aroma. Medium body, slightly oily. Roasty flavor up front that gives way to a chocolate note. The roasty note returns in the finish, with a bit of a cocoa note as well.
puboflyons (1821) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the can. It pours the color of oil with a small head that dissipates almost on contact. A bevy of aromas including roasted dark malts and vanilla bean with a burnt smoky quality top it. All very subtle but all very distinctive. Medium smooth body. The taste has is also quite roasty and toasty with a low bitterness finishing slightly dry.
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Oily black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate, subtle smoke. Very smooth and filling mouthfeel. No bitterness.
Beerman6686 (3761) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of coffee and vanilla, and roasted malt, very inviting. Flavor was similar, verty smooth and flavorful for a lower abv stouf. Probably one of the best i;ve had in a long time. Right up there with mean old tom.
Westchesterco (769) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The srioma is of chocolate and the taste is of roasted coffee and chocolate. That lingers bitter on gge palate