T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had been searching for a full serving of this beer ever since getting a sample from the Michigan booth at the GABF and was able to secure it over Christmas. Motor oil black pour with a decent brown head. Smell of sweet chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. Goes down silky smooth with taste of coffee and milk chocolate.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capones. Lots of coffee in the nose. Chocolate and coffee dominate the palate and it finishes only slightly bitter. Very good.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 12oz bottle. Dark pour with a decent head. Big coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Big coffee/dark roasted malt aroma, kind of bitter. I’ve had better.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, John’s Grocery, Iowa City, Iowa. Shiny black pour, dense and sticky fine tan bubbles.
I have a friend whose 80+ grandma has smoked a pack a day since the 1940s, and who enjoys three generous bourbons every evening. I admire that kind of old lady. (My grandmas were much less adventurous in their tastes.) This beer smells like that grandma’s kitchen on a day she’s been baking. The smell of fresh brownies (recipe from a well-used red and white checked Betty Crocker cookbook) and a lot of the sort of coffee that comes in gallon tins, but a deep sense of smoke and whiskey still lingering in the walls. I like this. Less smoke in the flavor, though still present, intense melting dark chocolate and boozy green plums. Wonderfully full and soft palate. Lots of sturdy character here, if a bit less refined than some.
BillKismet (3520) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours and oily thick substance with a chocolate head. Deep, oily, robust, roasted aroma with a thick, full-bodied, viscous mouthfeel that delivers robust roastiness, coffee grains, black patent malts, and a pinch of alcohol to the palate. Moderate roast bitterness and deep, dark, chocolate on the finish. Flavors never unwind enough for me. To thick and unrelenting. Okay, but really, what’s the big deal?
fidelis83 (2208) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black as night with a thin but persistent nut brown head. Aroma is Coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, toasted oats, cinamon and spices. Flavor is huge and powerful yet somehow smooth, incredibly smooth. Coffee, dark chocolate truffle, burnt sugar, dark toasted marshmallows, toasted grains, cinamon, a hint of smoke, oh yeah and tons sof delicious sweet sweet roast malts. Finish is roasty and slightly bitter, with a little char.
alobar (3128) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Cooper’s in Scranton. Thick black color with a thing tan head. Heavy aroma of black coffee, spice, with chocolate. Impressivley balance flavor of coffee, chocolate and cinnamon. Just an impressive beer!
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours silky black with a thin brown head. Can really smell the coffee in this one, that is the dominating aroma. Taste is more of the same, some bitterness, a hint of chocolate. Finish is a little harsh. Decent mouthfeel. Not bad.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black and viscous like motor oil with a negliable amount of head. Had a HUGE coffee aroma that completely filled the senses. However the flavor was surprisingly light and refreshing and the coffee didn’t overpower in the mouth or the throat. In the end I felt the a slight bit 1-dimensional, but true to the name. Quite a remarkable beer that doesn’t try to overpower just because it could. Truly a nice drink.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from the bottle revealed a dark black hue with a minimal tan head. Aromas of coffee and dark dark chocolate with a roasty smoky scent. Very smooth on your tongue. Biter cocoa, coffee and hops.Long finish to the beer with a predominant bitter hoppiness. Not as rich in complex flavors as I had hoped from such a renowned brew. Tasty overall though.