bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a opaque black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of chocolate, rye, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, and florals. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, earth, coffee, and toasted rye with a dry finish.
Leighton (9641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Two at the brewery - San Diego. Pours black-brown with a dense, creamy mocha brown head. The aroma holds charred and lightly tangy wood, a bit of dark chocolate, some rich coffee. Medium sweet flavor with lightly ashy roast, scorched earth bitterness, wood, coffee, bittersweet baking cocoa. Full bodied with fine carbonation and a chewy texture. Warming finish with lots of burnt malts and wood, tar, coffee grounds, bittersweet baking cocoa. Pretty big and bold though does have some grace.
daknole (8332) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn right! Tap at Hess. Rich, dark brown pour with a nice brown head. Aroma hits with loads of fudge, rye, roast, light coffee. Full flavored and very full bodied. Fudge, rye, dark espresso, tons of roasty goodness in this one. Unique and freaking delicious!
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours with a black body with a thin, tan-nish to yellow head. Aromas are floral, estery, alcohol, spicy with some fudge notes. Interesting, different and complex. Spicy, tea notes and a bit dank hops. Flavors are really pretty balanced with a slightly dry leaning, some floral notes. I don’t say this often (at all) but there is an interesting house flavor to this one (take that as you will, smells like the bathroom air freshner a bit). Bitter, lightly fruity, very bitter chocolate notes. Medium bubbles, big bodied. Serious beer. Unique RIS but quite good.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @Hess. Huge coffee dark lace on an inky pour. Rich coffee and dark, fresh malt nose. Rich body as with all of their beers, but here that heaviness works the best with a melted, buttery dark truffle dessert. Big bittering hops don’t allow this to be sticky or cloying. Easy 4.0 RIS.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft.m Black beer with a brown head. Chocolate and light roast aroma with malt. Chocolate and light roast flavor with light spice and light earth. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and light roast lingers with some earthiness. Rye in backgroumnd - which is good on this beer. The chocolate is screaming to be balanced with some vanilla from a bourbon barrel. Will be great to sip on when it’s colder.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro at brewery. Cloudy dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice earthy roasted grain and coffee aroma and taste with a dry earthy bitterness to the finish.
AmEricanbrew (5516) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Black body with tan head. Coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, spicy aromas. Medium bodied. Dark fruit, spicy dark bread, semi sweet chocolate flavors, mild plastic to finish--off good
Scopey (5299) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Hess. It pours very dark brown, with a thin tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, smoked cheese and ham. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, umami aspect, leather, smoked ham and cheese and caramel, with a long dry-roasted finish. Over-all it’s pretty savoury. Full body and moderate carbonation. An interesting brew.
jredmond (4886) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery with Linh. Pours a deep blackish brown with brown lacing. Aroma is smoked malts, chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth with lots of chocolate, toasted malts, caramel and wood.