bytemesis (2409) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque black with a medium brown head, mostly dissipates fairly quickly with decent remaining lacing. Very chocolatey aroma, more of a sweet milk chocolate, molasses, maple syrup, some coffee. Flavor is the same, medium sweet and light plus bitter, roasty malts, chocolate, coffee. Some light acidity. Medium body and just a bit creamy. Pretty solid effort. Not going to win any medals, but not bad for a $6 bomber.
boyntonliquors (11) - San Jose, California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a nice local beer for Santa Clara county. Santa Clara Valley Brewing Brewmaster/Owner Steve Donahue created this recipe when he was the brewmaster for for Firehouse Tavern, a local sports bar. This beer has some hoppiness to it and coming in at 10% abv makes this a nice imperial stout with complex malt billing that gives it coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate goodness! Recommend this to my friends.
Goodgrief (1738) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured dark brown, small fizzy head. Boozy sweet aroma. Loud, clangy composite of flavors. Chocolate was predominant with some light coffee notes and a strong fruity Belgian presence. Just not great.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Super dark pour, brown head. Roasty bitterness, tangy flavors, plums, hints of cocoa. Meh.
Fatehunter (1058) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a thin layer of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is nice: roasted malt, chocolate and bread dough (interestingly enough).
The taste has a bold roasted malt profile with a sharp bitter injection in the middle. The finish has a sour note.
The texture is thick with moderate carbonation.
The flavor profile is abrupt. Drinkable but not great.
joeneugs (2765) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Bevmo. It pours very black with a tan head. The aroma is very nice with big coffee, chocolate, caramel, pralines and vanilla. The flavor is sweet up front with coffee and caramel followed by a spicy malt and hop bouquet. Lots of roasted malt and coffee in the finish. Really tasty stuff
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a very thin tan fizzy head. Sweet milk chocolate, sugar, and roasted grain aroma and taste with subtle drip coffee notes. Somewhat chewy full bodied palate.
marcus (5855) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich dark chocolate flavor that sticks to the palate a bit of coffee and a slightly bitter finish. A nice brew.
oRos (950) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is black with brownish head. Taste is a nice balance of chocolate and some coffee. This beer has a great balance.
dpatchen (12) - - OCT 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a beautifully balanced, heavy-duty IS. I’d never heard of it and took a gamble at BevMo and wow, was I pleasantly surprised. It’s got a strong malty, coffee and vague dark chocolatey flavor. One of my favorites up there with Old Viscosity, Green Flash Double Stout and Oskar Blues Ten Fidy.