Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Rating #109. Very dense black pour with a little brown along the top edge and a dissipating medium brown head that left some spotty lacing. Very rich aroma, almost imperial stoutish. I’m getting a lot of dark fruits, a little sweet, toffeeish and a hint of soy sauce, really nice. Flavor is a little roast and even a hint of a smoky ashiness that is very pleasing. (1695)
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured inky black with a cocoa-colored dark tan head. Aroma was mostly of chocolate with some grain mixed in. Deep palate with a slight thickness to it. Mild chocolatey taste that takes on a bit of coffee in the finish. A grainy note becomes more evident as it warms a little. Worth finding while it’s still available, as I haven’t heard of plans to make this an ongoing release as Flying Fish did with Exit 4.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 3/12/2011 Source:BrewEngineer) Salty roasty notes in the aroma with lots of chocolate. Black with small tan head. Roasty chocolate with a bit of astringency. Dry and moderately bitter. Medium body with lightly salty slick mouth feel. Tasty
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate coffee aroma on this black pour with a chocolate head. Iced coffee flavor with subtle sweetness. Smooth finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, 1 finger beige head. Chocolate, lots of clean roast, light coffee. Nice combo of flavors, chocolate, coffee, roast, light tartness. Very well attenuated, quite dry for everything going on. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol quite well. Very easy drink.
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Styles and northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of dark chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, and light roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with no transparency and a small tan head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate. There’s a mild fruitiness in the background. The chocolate turns more towards dark chocolate in the finish along with some black licorice,roasted coffee, and a hint of smoke. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and somewhat soft mouthfeel.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dak. Black pour with a small foamy head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and smoke. Lightly bitter roasty flavor. Good brew.
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe in Frederick, MD. Pours a pitch black color with a medium creamy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, a light brininess and some nutty notes. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, nutty notes, citrus hops and a moderate briny note. Medium bodied.
drfabulous (3919) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750. Dark and creamy. Roasted taste. There is a strong lingering smokey flavor to this beer. Nice.
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another strong offering from Flying Fish, a brewery that seems to have really hit its stride in the last couple of years. Always well balanced and dependable, the beers have really seemed to come alive recently. This is a fine stout with a great minerality, a slight earthiness, and a strong, but balanced chocolate character.