argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, RBWG. Small beige head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast/coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some coffee/roast, light burnt. Smooth medium body.
dchmela (2405) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick black. Big chocolate, roasted grain and a really nice smokiness in the aroma. Chocolate and roasted grain taste with touches of smoke. Well blended flavors, very good.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: An extremely dark brown (probably black) pour with a finger’s worth of tan head.
S: There is quite a high level of smokiness to the nose which goes along nicely with the roasted malt, coffee, and mild chocolate aromas.
T: As if the nose wasn’t smokey enough, that particular character gets a bit more intense on the palate. The roasted malt works very well with the smoke, and a bit of chocolate to sweeten the beer up a tad.
M: A full body with some low to medium carbonation.
D: I’m not always the biggest fan of these smokey beers, but this one was quite nice and had more going for it than just the smoke.
yespr (26003) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt and light liqourice note. Smooth and yet hardroasted malt flavoured. Dark chocolate and breadish dark malty. Smooth dark roasted malt flavoured. Lovely, mellow and with nice depths of roasted malt layers.
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle sample via Javier at Woodshop 5.0. Thanks a ton for sharing this one man! Pours a deep viscous coffee black with a one finger think tan head the shrunk to a small ring. Tons of roasted malts, coffee, and even some faint black fruit aromas. Brew was thick and almost oily on the palate with coffee, toasted black malts, cocoa, and light booze on the backend, great stuff.
Hopper (813) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 Bottle. Vintage 2009. Consumed April 2010. A black beer with a nice head that fades in 1 minute. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, rich cake like aroma. The taste had chocolate, very rich again but hidden underneath the rich cake like taste was an unpleasant off flavor and an aftertaste that did not go down well. This beer seems like it does have more potential.
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught 2008 vintage) pours black with nice tan head. Nose of milk chocolate, smoke, cocoa,caramel and grassy hops. Taste of oats, cream, dry cocoa, and chocolate syrup. Finish is creamy and slightly watery with more cocoa coming through. A great Texas brew.
DJMonarch (9153) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 25/09/2009
Hop and roast aromas. Small beige head. Black strong in alcohol rich on the palate and hoppy with a little bitterness and smoked flavour in a crisp finish.
pkavulak (21) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle received at this year’s CBC. Awesome, complex flavors go to richly chocolate, roasted malt. High alcohol levels made this one to enjoy slowly. Tremendous effort by these guys!
bleeng (1372) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Opaque black with a tan head. Nose is sweet, chocolately, oatmeal and roasty. Taste is chocolately, roasty, alcohol upfront. Thick and viscous. Delicious.