JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black colored beer. Thick and heavy, great palate. Malt aroma with some wood. Flavor has chocolate, medium bitter, roasted oats, and some coffee. More hops than common for the style. It is not as incredible as I thought it might be, but still very good. The high abv is well hidden.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
real good looking pour mocha black nice tan head. aroma though was a little weak in general . flavor came through with a robust coffee and chocolate flavor that was a nice treat. finished real nice leaving a lingering coffee flavor on te buds.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of shp555 and thebeercellar. Shared with therealbastard. Way overhyped. I’d take a Southern Tier Oat or Choklat any day over this. vERY Similar to the Rogue Chocolate. Poured black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Chocolate and coffee flavors mixed well but not really strong. Finished with an alcohol burn. Doesn’t hide well. At least I got to try it.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Eh, way overhyped don’t waste your rare beers to get this one. Not enough chocolate flavors, southern tier has this one covered. Way overated IMO. I regret my friend trading for it. Sorry John Adam. It’s all good, the Alexander and BA Wee Heavy did me in.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle from cdog69. The pour is black with a billowing light brown head with some very nice lace. Aroma? What aroma? I get next to nothing here. Seems to me hops are leading the way in the nose. I bit apple-ish. There’s roast and chocolate, but over all the nose is much to weak to earn a high score. The flavor, to me, isn’t really anything to brag about either. There’s some roast and some chocolate, but there supposed to be. I do pick up a tad of molasses. Really, the flavor is pretty pedestrian. The mouthfeel on the other hand is quite good. Big body. Above average carbonation. Dry finish. Full palate all the way through. OH-VER-RAY-TED!
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
thanks to cgarvieuk. roma is roasty and choc malt, alc is present, and perhaps too hoppy. Taste is similar, roasty and choc malt is dominant, quite drinkable, but one dimentional and boring. I managed to drink the full 100ml sample.
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Bottle at home with Tom and Royce ... thanks to tjthresh for this deep roast nose ... hoppy up front ... but still roast shows through... some sweet coffee tones... little alcohol... like quite a few US stouts it hop charactaristic is a big high for me... saying that i quite like this one .4.2
Bottle at home (think its 2008 vintage 358/500... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate ... lightest hop nose ... soft coffee ... light toffee malt roast ... chewy roast ... that us malt im not fond of ... hint of twiglets ... its quite savoury ... soft yeast .. nice enough 3.9
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #346/500 thanks to cgarvieuk at his awesome sunday sojourn. Black as the night with a thick brown head. Nose is malty, but with a handful of hops. Mouth is quite harsh really, hops attack then the long malty, chocolatey taste, enjoyable and big. Quite long and hoppy, mixed with these massive malts. Toffee malt and long. Chocolate, but certainly not sexual.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark as night with a light brown head. The nose is dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is bittersweet chocoate and dark roast coffee. A slight sweetness with a touch of toffee. Finishes with a nice sweet bitterness that lasts.
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle thanks for sharing Eben!) Pours deep black with a dark tan head that lasts. Strong roasted malt aroma, along with some cocoa and light coffee. Taste is very strong of dark chocolate with some dark fruit in there as well along with a bit of vanilla. The finish was very roasty and lasted for quite some time. Mouthfeel wasn’t as thick as I would’ve expected, but a good beer nonetheless.