arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with faint tan ring around the top. Smell is toffee and molasses with chocolate and coffee notes. Taste up front is a large amount of chocolate with some molasses sweetness, a bit of whisky taste that leads into a smoky and bitter finish from the hops. What a fantastic brew, but definitely a sipper!
yamar1221 (40) - USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour with a slightly fruity aroma with small hints of cocoa. Almost a slight booze aroma mixed in. Full bodied with a molasses appearance w/ a little tan head that dissipates quickly. Chocolate flavor upfront with a bitter dry ending, very intense hop flavor with the end of the taste too. Great beer
burica2020 (22) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Strong aroma of chocolate and slight fruit. Black color with a little brown head. Somewhat biter but good taste of chocolate, slight whiskey, carmel, and some coffee. Very smooth to drink.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma of whiskey, wood, roasted malts and vanilla. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter, oily feel, soft carbonation. Pretty good and drinkable too.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very good beer. Pouring black with a 1cm brown head, one sip and an explosion of flavors hits you. Notes of vanilla, chocolate and whiskey combine very nicely. It is very creamy on your tongue and finishes nicely.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by....someone. Pours black with a dark tan ring. Aroma is coconut, chocolate, dark fruits, and over ripe pears with some alcohol. Flavor is pretty much german chocolate cake. Thick and silky but under carbonated.
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Opaque black body. Tan head, mostly diminishing. Oil-like sheen. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, whiskey, alcohol, smoke, molasses and licorice. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Alcohol bite. Full body, velvety texture and soft carbonation. A good sipping beer with complex flavors, but the whiskey is overpowering leaving notes of tobacco and vanilla. Too much whiskey flavor, in fact. Couldn’t drink more than a glass of this.
Ernest (7284) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, fully diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate, molasses, caramel), with strong notes of raw wood and alcohol/whiskey, other notes of corn syrup, vanilla, coconut.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Too much raw wood odor in this batch. A very inconsistent beer, and this is not a strong batch.
bierkoning (12276) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost pitch black, quickly disappearing head. Oak, vanilla, molasses and dark chocolate in the aroma. Powerful sweet, yet deceptively drinkable beer with vanilla, chocolate, oak, caramel, hints of licorice and lots of dried plums. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol and tobacco showing up in the aftertaste. Low on carbon, but a quite delicious and complex beer indeed.
skortila (5239) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. The aroma has chocolate, some vanilla, oak/bourbon and some dark fruits. Very delicate. Black coloured beer with a brown head. The taste is slightly bitter, sweet with lots of chocolate, some vanilla, bourbon/cognac. Nice dark fruitiness there. Full bodied, balanced, mild and complex. Really awesome.