durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose of roast, chocolate, molasses and some fruit, but the fruit fullness really comes out on the taste, with notes of raisin, prune, and fig. Some creamy action in there as well. Sweet, with a hint of light tartness. Tastes great.
Xenon (123) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure I like this any better than normal leviathan, but then again it’s been forever since I’ve had it. The chocolate is definitely unsweetened. It has a touch of that dark chocolate bitterness. Not as thick as a 10% beer normall would be, but still plenty thicker than a single stout. Leaves a slight lasting sting after, but rather tame roastiness on the back end. Session IRS? Heh yeah right.
chinchill (3996) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 22 oz 2014 bottle poured into a Porter Bar goblet. It pours with a dark, opaque, near black body that has thin dark ruby edges and a short tan head.
Aroma - Fruity, with notes of dates, figs and plums, Dark roast malts with little alcohol in the nose.
Flavor: Rich, strong and boozy. Dark fruits, hints of coffee; light smoky grains. Sweet up front but turns mildly bitter by the time the aftertaste starts to fade.
Feel - Full bodied, rich in velvet texture; Lightly hot in the mouth and quite warming upon swallowing.
O - A rich RIS; with about 2 years of aging, the boozy element is well hidden in the aroma but not the taste.
nwiseman (197) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boozy coffee aroma. Tastes of cocoa, molasses, and dark fruit. Smooth mouthfeel, but not flat. This beer has just about everything I look for in the style. 1st beer I’ve rated in a while though, so my ratings may be skewing a bit high.
Frax (56) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Shaw’s, poured into a pint glass, pitch black with a thin tan head, thick lacing. Smoked meat aroma, hot chocolate notes with a creamy mouthfeel and mildly bitter coffee finish. More pronounced as it warms to room temperature.
SlovakSniper (4824) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml. Vintage 2015) Un stout impérial presque noir avec une tête brune qui se dissipe au fil de la dégustation. Le nez m’intéresse mais ne me frappe pas avec ses parfums de bois brûlé, d’herbes piquantes, de malts chocolatés et grillés, de caramel noir, de raisins. Les saveurs de mélasse, de fruits foncés, de chocolat, de café, de pain brûlé et d’alcool légèrement poivré sont plaisantes sans être renversantes. Le corps m’apparaît comme étant de moyenne intensité. Le pétillement est ordonné au style. La texture est légèrement crémeuse. La finale est amère de malts brûlés et terreux avec une petite pincée de poivre.
Quick3Beers (810) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, from a bottle, thin hot-chocolate colored head, almost no lacing. Flavor of baking chocolate, maybe a little raspberry. Hit of bitterness toward the end. Very good beer.
puboflyons (2957) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 650 ml. bottle.The pour is dark brown to black. Good sweet malt character on the nose. Some cellar mustiness. The aroma is also sweet and caramel like. The body is medium. The taste is also sweet with a low alcohol bite. That’s a good thing.
Earlier Rating: 2/1/2015 Total Score: 4
From the 650 ml. bottle dated 2014. The pour is deep dark jet black with a modest tan head on top. I pick up more of a milk chocolate character before all else but no alcohol considering the 10% ABV. The body is around medium. The taste has a kind of milk chocolate flavor with dark roasted malts and a slightly dry finish.
tekstr1der (343) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite black pour with very little brown head. Aroma is mostly roast malt with a faint smokiness. Flavors are of cocoa with a mild sweetness, very roasty, and slight hint of ripe fruit. Very balanced and clean finish make this super drinkable for the style. Alcohol is well-hidden.
trapped (2072) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Draught 55. Inky dark brown with small tan foamy head, mocha aroma, medium carbonation, bitterish mocha taste with alcohol undertones, medium bitter finish. Well masked alcohol content.
r464 (2254) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very dark with a thin tan head. Comes on very full. Roasty malt, cocoa, cherry, raisin. A bit of toast and a slight tartness. Not creamy, but some thickness to it.