umich03jm (1309) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at 2013 MBG Summer Festival. Marked as 14.7%. Powerful grapefruit and pine hop aroma with a nice mix chocolate cake, dark roast, tobacco, and cocoa. Big sweetness up front is quickly countered by a strong bitterness and fresh hop taste. Love this. Very intense and unique. Finishes with lots of bitter roast, chocolate, and more hops. Medium to thick body. Great stuff, like a supremely hopped imperial stout. Looking at the ratings on here, the draft ratings are much higher than the bottle ratings.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Ken. It pours very dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, treacle, liquorice, sweet candy, chocolate, pine, cake and paint stripper. The taste is mild roast, alcohol, toast, charred wood, treacle, liquorice, cocoa, stickiness, dull bitterness and earth. Full body, moderate carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. More like and impy stout really, but decent nonetheless.
jackl (3472) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is strong booze-soaked wood. Roasted malts. Caramel candy, cow tails. The taste is glazed donut, roasted malts. Ashy cocoa. Sweet toffee. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, the hops seem to have dulled on this. Still tasty, though.
madmitch76 (12141) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17th May 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Opaque dark brown beer, little pale tan head. Soft palate, semi dry and with modicum of fine carbonation. Odd nose, slight paint thinner and chemicals. doesn’t carry over to the flavour! Soft and dry dark malt. not roasty but it is slightly bitter. Touches of dark chocolates and nuts. Finishes semi dry with a trace of coffee and mild piney hops. Drinks like an Imperial Stout and not a Black IPA but it generally hides the alcohol pretty well.
Leighton (8645) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London. Cheers to Kenny! Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Some dark fruits in the nose, mild roast, grapefruit. Medium to big sweet flavor, charred wood and earth bitterness, grapefruit and orange, definitely some alcohol, baking cocoa. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish, decent resins, charred bread, wood, burnt pine, some dry cocoa, toasted grass, some grapefruit. Pretty nice stuff. Drinks well for the strength.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is thick, barley win style malt with some roast and a peppering of hop bitterness. Taste is very sweet with heavy malt and alcohol fumes. There’s also some piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and coating. Complete beast of a beer and way over the top.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Blazer’s low-key O-Town Throwdown 2012… Tar black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is a malty, roasty, herbal marriage of charcoal, dark chocolate and fresh pot - not bong water - I’m talking about a fresh, sticky bud. Full-bodied and syrupy with tingly carbonation. The flavor is big-time sweet – not necessarily a bad thing - with loads of dark chocolate malt and hempen hops – overall, just very sugary and sweet. Burnt, pot-smoky, sweet finish. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Adam, thanks! WTF is this? Pours a deep brown, near black. Nose has sticky hops, resin and onion, soy sauce. On tasting, too much alcohol, too much body, too sweet. Weird soy notes from the dark malts dominate. Moderate bitterness but just plain strange...
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Thanks to Adam for sharing... Pours a deep stouty thick black hue, reddish edges and a wispy tan head... Aroma of sweet dark fruit and chocolate and hints of citrus hops. Honey sweet throughout. Ok... Flavors are thick and cloying with dark fruits and citrusy hop profile that plays a backing role. Thick bodied and full. Too big and more of an imperial stout with an added hop backing. Not the greatest.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Aroma is sweet ham, brown sugar, fusel alc, plastic. Flavors sharp tannins, meaty booze, vanilla, caramel.