ARH (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is that of sweet chocolate syrup with a faint cola and coffee backing note, by the end of the drink, a shortbread cookie character shows up. The hue is a deep, rich molasses brown topped by a brown sudsy head with a mild, dense fuzz that has very good retention, and a dense, messy, abundant web lace. The taste is highly sweet with a medium bitter compliment. The texture is thick with a creamy foam carbonation and a full body. The flavor profile is sweet chocolate and caramel with dark, sugary fruits (dates?) and a finish that?s syrupy smooth by a crisp crescendo of clean, fresh pine, caramel, and cola. The aftertaste is mildly smokey with bitter coffee grounds and a light, bittersweet cocoa powder that turns bread crust and coffee and has a mild astringent, mellow lingering.
GlasgowTAD (1352) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with a modest brown head. Aroma is cocoa and slight roast. Taste is roast malts, slight coffee, slight dates, some peat.
TattooJack (509) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 2 bottles from a variety pack, looks jet black with a small tan collar. Taste was mellow, not as sweet as I was expecting (+), strong and gritty, did I mention strong.
Tessic (1036) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This stout poured a deep black colour with a very brown, creamy head. Scents include smoke, coffee and wieners. First swig was quite strong with really roasted flavours and tastes of coffee, and a little cocoa. Finish is really burnt with a lingering flavour of Melloids cough drops.
Hanoi (833) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose is cola, blackcurrent, lots of cherry, orange undercut by some earthy coco notes. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, berry, hints of coffee, chocolate ice cream, banana, slight smoke in the aftertaste, caramel. Silky mouthfeel.
This is a very nice beer, that has a lovely depth.
altonbrownd (5628) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/6/2010 8:00:32 AM Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark brown almost black body with coco top head. Nose of chocolate shake. Nice full-bodied taste of chocolate, licorice, coffee, malts, raisins and caramel. Really creamy and yummy. Slurpable. Bitter in the finish.
jamestulloch (3425) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottle Baron. Black body with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of coffee, blackcurrant and chocolate ice-cream. Flavour of berries, dark chocolate and vanilla. Medium body with a creamy texture. Light fizz. Very smooth and outrageously drinkable for 8.8% ABV.
Dorkenstein (423) - - OCT 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of roasted malts in the aroma, some smoke too. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Bitterness is noticed in the finish.
charule (2160) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Johnny Hideaways. Poured almost black with tan head. Aroma sweet malty roast. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet bitter dark choc roast.
ebone1988 (1371) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee. Mouthfeel is thick, good carbonation, boozy finish. Overall, it’s good but misses the mark.