saxo (12796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Aroma and taste are roast malt, coffee, chocolate, notes of licorice, notes of caramel and hops.
adamjackson (1761) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Wally! I had this in a Riedel Snifter at room temp
A - Beautiful beer. It had a 1-finger head that was a deep tan color. The beer itself was dark brown to black. The pour was just beautiful!
S - Chocolates, maltiness, figs, vanilla and bananas. The chocolate is very well balanced with everything else.
T - Sugar, raisins, chocolate and some burnt notes. Everything about this beer was balanced and exquisite.
M - Solid beer with big carbonation, very heavy-bodied
O - Wow. Fantastic beer. My only complaint is that it was too bitter on the lingering after-taste. Everything else was awesome.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Lord Hobo prior to EBF and NOTB. Pours a deep dark black with ruby and brown highlights and a thin beige to tan head. Deep coffee, roast, a hint of citrus zest. One the thicker and more velvety side of medium bodied. Sweet coffee syrup and roast initially. Brownies, bitter baker’s cocoa, cocoa nibs. Long bitter finish with grapefruit pith. This is fantastic. An absolutely wonderful way to fight scurvy.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of aapp. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.
Pours near-black with a good, frothy tan head and nice lacing. The nose carries quite a bit of citrus along with some backing roast and a bit of chocolate. Orange comes through well in the flavor with stout backing. Medium body and a good slightly-dry finish. Very solid brew.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle] pours pitch black with a soapy tan head. Aroma is fresh hops, citrus, grassy, light tropical fruit, orange peel, and light chocolate. Flavor is pretty ashy, some citrus, bittersweet and chalky, roasty, bitter chocolate. Can definitely taste the Mikkeller influence...
madvike (2403) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to hbmason for the bottle...thanks Tim! - Pours deep black with a foamy tan head. Smell is pretty sweet, but not cloying...I wouldn’t say I smell the citrus, but there’s something a bit different there. Some honey sweetness. Nice and roasty, with a balanced sweetness. Taste is much the same, with a pronounced roastiness and a molasses and honey sweetness. Smooth finish, lots of chocolate, and smooth sweetness. Real thick and syrupy, smooth and velvety. Very nice.
nuplastikk (3831) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with an oily beige head. Roasty burnt chocolate, coffee aroma. Smooth and mellow, easy on the palate. A solid Imperial Stout all the way, mellow citrus tones. Mellow, sublime carbonation. Hide/incorporates the alcohol expertly. Solid.
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml thanks to MtGoat. Shared with MartinT.
Appearance : Pitch black with creamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Citrusy with rich brown sugar. Nice molasses. Light resinous hops.
Taste : Great rich malts with awesome chocolate. Coffee and resinous hops. Finish is very rich and persistent. Great chocolate and molasses, Light citrusy notes. Some bitterness. No alcohol.
Palate : Velvety and pillowy carbonation. Rich full body with creamy palate.
Overall : Wow. The influence of the citrus is rather subtle but you can feel it. Could be mistaken for a hop signature though... Nose is very nice but it took a bit of time to open up. Taste is amazingly complex yet well balanced. Finish is rich and persistent. Palate is perfect. Highly drinkable. Very elegant offering. World Class.
ReggieDunlap (2792) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby hues and a thick mocha head...beautiful lacing and retention! Aroma is subdued a bit but has light roastiness, coffee notes, and soft citrus notes...refreshing. flavor has citrus up front that gives way to coffee, chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and great roastiness...very tasty! Mouthfeel is full and creamy and the finish lingers with dark chocolate...not bitter. This beer is amazing! Thanks Shannon and Isaac!
TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick topping of tan foam. Nose is grapes, hay, light smoke and brown sugar. Thick and creamy with a bracing tang and a citric buzz. Taste is licorice, molasses, orange peel, dark roast, bitter grapefruit and charcoal. I like the citrus touches but overall may be too intense.