ineedbeer (424) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is very rich and malty with a fairly fruity profile as well. Lots of figs and lighter amounts of raisins and plums. Light chocolate, moderate caramel, light leather and light toffee with hints of toasted bread.
Pours a dark brown with a moderately thick dark tan head with fairly good retention. Many minutes later a film still remains on top and is thicker along the edges. Moderate lacing and medium light legs.
Flavor is initially fairly sweet with some toasted bread, leather and smoke notes. Light chocolate and tobacco with a background fruitiness. Medium light fig, plum and cherry. Medium bitterness with some alcohol spice in the finish. As your palate adjust the chocolate becomes more noticeable. Finish is fairly sticky sweet with some lingering chocolate, leather and fig.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium to medium low carbonation. Light astringency and medium light alcohol warmth.
Overall a very enjoyable and impressively complete beer. The profile changes quite a bit as it warms with it initially being fairly smokey but then more chocolatey with some tootsie roll flavors. It does a good job hiding its alcohol but it is a bit sticky sweet in the finish.
banii (219) - Trondheim, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap from the brewpub. Chocolate and earth, smoke and plums. Fantastic beer.
penstemon (85) - - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 84. Pours opaque dark brown, almost black, with a beige head. Aromas of fig, smoke, chocolate, brown bread, dried blueberry. Taste of chocolate, smoke, earth, bread, molasses, dark dried fruits. Smooth, substantial body. Finishes with slight bitterness and light residual smoke. This is a masterpiece of a complex beer to sip and enjoy.
Atheist_Peace (853) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky, brown pour with little head. Loaded with spice and chocolate and dark fruit with a nice smoky edge. Drinks like a great port.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a very thin tan head. Smokey malt aroma with some berries and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate taste with cherries and smokey malt in the background. Alcohol is masked. An amazing beer to drink on a cold, rainy day.
want1DIPA (150) - - OCT 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour a few months back. My favorite HOTD brew. Adam has a great velvety chocolate feel to it with just enough fruit taste to make it near perfect desert type beer.
Torontoblue (64) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #86. Pours deep a dark brown, bordering on black. Good frothy, mocha coloured head dies down to a fine lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, herbacious hops, liquorice, raisin, dates, figs, sweet malt with a hint of smoke & leather. Flavour follows the aroma, medium sweet to begin with; molasses, sweet dark fruits, malt loaf etc and a dark chocolate bittersweet flows before the spicy hop bitterness hits, giving a nice savory kick. Medium bodied, with a sticky texture. Good, pleasant, soft natural carbonation helps to coat the tongue, leading to a very satisfying, bitter sweet, sticky long finish.
wchesser (891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 81..about a year old? Deep brown with low carbonation. Nose of dark toffee, light smoke, and soft red fruit. Taste follows...full bodied with sweet mid and finish with a bit of peppery spice. Nice winter warmer.
Nocturne (546) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the tasting room. Darkest brown with a thin ring of head. Smells like treacle and bacon. Sticky as anything on the tongue. Very tangy and BBQ smokey taste. BBQ sauce actually comes to mind. A vague blackcurrant fruit lurks in the background. Not exceptional, but fascinating and very hard to put into words.
Lowenbrau (1457) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Courtesy of Urbain form Struise. Thanks for this amazing one! Nice liquorice, spicy, caramel aromas. Pours very dark, opaque with frothy and creamy tan head, persistent, nice lacing. Full bodied, soft to average carbonation, creamy texture. Taste is sweet, caramel, spicy, liquorice, some raisins, nuts, very complex and balanced flavours. Ends a bit dry, with warm aftertaste. Really well executed.