BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmmm good. Smells like fresh brewed coffee, chocolate and caramel. Flavors are big and bold, like the perfect cup of coffee. Silky smooth, and really good.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 via trade with OhioDad - Pours black with a faint tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is big time coffee and some chocolate. The flavor is mostly coffee with some residual sweetness. Hop bitterness really comes through. A medium to full bodied beer. A very good beer. Thanks Scott.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of those beers that’s exciting to pour - thick and inky, just barely not black, and unmissable strong black coffee aroma. The coffee defeinitely bears the roundness of pure dark chocolate. In fact, I did have this for breakfast, at 10:44 am on a saturday, with no solid accompaniment, and it’s a quite stolid lumberjack treat. It’s chock full o flavor - deep grounds, hazelnuts, bitter chocolate, logs, bark, and leaves. Earthy beer. Thick palate, like the boy on the label, I do almost want a utensil to eat this beer. It leaves a little pretty lace, although I got barely any dark brown head, contrary to the description, it’s still a beatiful thing to behold.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Via trade with Pailhead. 12 oz bottle. Pitch black with a deep brown head. Nose is espresso and bitter chocolate. Big, beautiful bitter chocolate flavor, black coffee, sweet caramel/toffee. Lots going on here! Body actually seemed to thicken up as it warmed, to a satiny mouthfeel. Bitter, bitter chocolate finish. Simply awesome! Thanks Kevin!
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Immy for the share. From bottle. Pours black with a coffee colored ring. Nose is freshly ground espresso roast and bitter baking chocolate. Flavor is a chewy, bitter chocolate. Palate is smooth, slightly thin but very drinkable. Dry finish. Nice.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours blacker than black with just a trace of a dense tan head. The nose is fiercly coffee. Acidic dark roasted coffee with a touch of fruit. Caramel and roasted malts provide a touch of sweetness. Bitter chocoate pervades. The texture is really unbelievable. Viscous and oily with minor carbonation, this is a beer I swear you could chew. Next time I hear someone carrying on about the virtues of Guinness and how meal-like it is, I’ll suggest trying one of these first. The tastes are just as rewarding. Big rather sweet malt comes out of nowhere like a truck. It’s married so naturally with the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate that it doesn’t overwhelm or even approach the realm of cloying. Deep coffee-like roast and fruity acidity unfront. This tastes like a coffee with cream! There’s some subdued caramel and chocolate filling in nicely. Perhaps light floral hops filling in the background. This is a beautifully orchestrated beer. I enjoyed it more with each sip, once getting through the initial acidity. Now I hope the lingering acidic chocolate coffee never go away! Bravo Founders!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color, definitely cant see through this one. Very thin brown head. A lot going on in the aroma- theres big coffee, big chocolate, oats and vanilla. In the flavor, I mostly get the coffee and roasty flavours, along with a very slight unexpected fruityness and vanilla. Creamy, smooth palate. Bitter rosaty finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle from Styles. Thanks man. Pours thick and black with a small tan head that quickly fades to a hazy cover. The aroma is incredible, lots of chocolate, coffee and molases. The flavor is rich and decadant, bitter dark chocolate covering espresso beans. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with a long, bitter finish.
TheEpeeist (3281) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Black licorice rises from a squid ink pour. Cookie dough head rings a bubbling espresso center. Settles to a wafer. Bittersweet chocolate, oatmeal cookie, dusty coffee beans and dark fruits. Chocolate liquor with some herbal notes. Sours leaving coffee and lime peel. Medium plus body with a little carb. Smooth and rich without being heavy. Mmmmm!
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not my favorite and unfortunately so because I had been really looking forward to this one. The pour is fantastic, almost syrupy, like black limoncello, but there the beer peaks. The smell is nice and full of toasty, almost burnt, coffee. The taste is off mcdonald’s coffee with 5 sugars; with a bit of hops, not terrible, but not overwhelmingly good either. Aftertaste is bitter.