brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: As the name would imply this beer is black as night with a moderate tan head.
S: A lot of citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular) which is an interesting contrast to the chocolate, roast, and coffee undertones of the imperial stout.
T: Quite a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate. But, these are really masked a bit too much by the grapefruit hop flavors. That said, this is done more tactfully than Darkness 09. The alcohol presence is fairly minimized by the shear number of different flavors present in the beer.
M: The body is quite full with a moderate carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.
D: I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time, and I was pleased by how it tasted. But, I think I would prefer this beer in 6 months to a year when the hops have died down.
Rasmus40 (8880) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, sugar and hoppy. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Finishes bitter and with warming alcohol. Full bodied and oily. Just like the Bourbon County Stout this i too sweet and too alcoholic, though not as rough. Still a great beer though. 050311
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at CBC - Clerkenwell, London - another big one from Seth! Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. Dark malt nose with burnt marshmallow and milk chocolate. Big sweet flavor, some dark malts, moderate roast, big alcohol, burnt sugars, some dark fruits, raisins and licorice. Full bodied with average to high, creamy carbonation. A bit of heat on the finish, more dark sugars, decent roast, robust earthy bitterness. It’s fairly hot. Very good, but not outstanding.
Ratman197 (8469) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, toffee and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla with a smooth warming lingering roasty finish.
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at A Drink To The End Of Days, 121220. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Malty fig aroma, dades, raisins, roasted, chocolate, cocoa, bitter notes, cocoa powder, licorice, tar notes. Malty roasted aroma, caramel, licorice, cocoa, tar, licorice, figs, dades, grapes. Nice beer, very nice balance and with great flavors.
BeerandBlues2 (8444) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ratman. Pours black with an average, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, raisin, alcohol, prune, and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, roasted, nutty), average hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, alcohol, prune, dates, raisin, brown sugar, and vanilla. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma is a mélange of blackstrap molasses, black licorice and pouch tobacco. Full-bodied, viscous and velvety with stinging carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet with lots of molasses, anise and licorice. There may be a little too much black malt used to brew this bad boy. Maybe a little less sugar from black malt and a little more sugar from other sources would help to keep the overbearing molasses and licorice notes in check. Very reminiscent of Bells Batch 9000 and Avery Mephistopheles. Quality brew, but a bit much. Thanks to growler for sharing this bottle!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of roast, floral hops, chocolate, coffee, pine, and licorice. Tastes of floral hops, roast, dark and bitter chocolate, some coffee, molasses, and coffee. Lighter alcohol in the finish but not giving away the 11+% and easy to drink.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Pitch black beer with a creamy thick dark brown head. The aroma is great. Loads of cocoa and coffee with a lot of sweet dried raisin and chewy sweet plummy fruitiness. Warming brings up a massive intense aroma. Heavy molasses, and a light peppery character. Finishes with a lot of burnt sugar and a heavy charry character. It gets a bit boozy but at the same time there is a fairly prominent sweetness and some light hoppiness. The malty stickiness is balanced somewhat by the peppery booziness. Pretty solid brew.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeah ok this beer just rocks ass. Damn this is the shit. Black. Black. Black. Tan head. Tons of chocolate, roast, coffee, prunes, raisins, toffee and some light hops. Flavor is just rich and amazing. First its sweet, then its fruity, the hops swoop in to blance it so perfectly. Just a remarkable brew. Now I know why bourbon county stout is so good!!