hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy typical IS color with a small tan head.
the aroma and flavor are choco, vanilla, nuttiness (coffee-like), caramel, roast and some charcoal. the aftertaste lingers with some coffee bean.
easy drinking IS. 7/4/7/3/15
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split with Keith at Capones. Pours a deep, black color with medium brown head and ample lacing. Aromas of hops, licorice, milk chocolate, graham cracker, nuts, and a slight sour fruit scent. Flavor is espresso, fruity hops, chocolate, and malt. The mouthfeel is truly velvety and the 9% booze hidden well.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Essentially black in color with a brownish head. A strong scent of vanilla and chocolate. A bit of coffee and quite a strong roasted malt note. Some sweet graham cracker notes in the background. Intensely chocolatey on the flavor, almost like milk chocolate. Quite a bit of cocoa powder, some vanilla, and a nice combination of graham cracker and coffee. The roast sort of comes through on the finish. Medium in. Key with a smooth carbonation.
Barreras (748) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep purple color. Aroma of black licorice with taste of cough syrup mixed with alcohol. A chocolate espresso taste throughout, with a light aftertaste. A tough beer not for the faint.
radagast83 (3752) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared a 750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma was roasted, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Slight alcohol presence, but pretty darn good.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle pour. Pitch black with a tan head. Chocolate and coffee notes. A once stout.
arminjewell (5148) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark black with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of big chocolate, coffee, roast, some toffee, caramel, and some hints of dark fruit as well. Taste is some nice creamy chocolate and espresso notes, more coffee grounds, toffee, some caramel, dark fruit and molasses, finishing dry and chocolate-y.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample at Dr. Bill’s GABF Tasting at Falling Rock on 10/1/11. pitch black pour with a 1 finger tan head. roast coffee nose. medium body with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. dry chocolate finish. creamy throughout.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid onyx with 1-finger deep brown head and tons of lace. Definite 5 for appearance. Nose is rich, roasty chocolate malt, mild coffee, blackberry. Tastes rich, truly velvety and super smooth. Feels nitrogenated it is so smooth, with big roasty chocolate malt flavor up front, some mild coffee, blackberry, and hops late, and very complex with very well hidden alcohol. This one is exquisite.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, chocolate, vanilla, slight coffee, and light dark ripe fruit. Poured pitch black in color with a small, brown head that lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, light coffee, chocolate, light licorice, slight vanilla, and slight dark ripe fruit. Medium body. Thin, dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, coffee, chocolate, roast finish is dry. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.