shoulderbroken (3479) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Gar Eden. Dark brown colour, with golden creamy head. Aroma is nice and roasty, touch of sweetness. Taste is coffee, cream, vanilla, bit fruity too, bit burnt, kola kubes. Pretty nice. Quite smooth. Slight bitterness at end.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours translucent blackish brown with a large and lacy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a hint of caramel. Medium body, lightly sweet dark chocolate, coffee and cookie dough taste with bittersweet coffee finish.
bhensonb (13732) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. Pours dark, but it’s ruby where the light comes through. Head is a huge 4+ finger tan - see the picture! Aroma of smooth burnt toast. Not the harsh version. Medium body with lots of frothy carbonation. Flavor is pretty hoppy over dark burnt malt - but smooth - not at all harsh. It finishes more chocolate than not. Coffee pops out after awhile.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours nearly black with ruby highlights. Large tan frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malts with a sweet finish. The taste is very dry roasted malts, smoke and caramel. Very strongly carbonated. Medium bodied. Nice.
KyotoLefty (8922) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Bottle from the brewery.
Pitch black with a tall tan head. Aroma of figs, cereals, roasted barley, some hops, molasses. Rich, dark, sweet, aroma. Rich flavor of dark fruits, roasted barley, thick rich grains, molasses, coffee, chocolate. Very complex and extremely well balanced. Dry overall but with lots of rich flavor and a good amount of sweetness, but not at all oversweet or cloying. Finish is dead dry, burnt with a touch of hops, dry, refreshing, light, a bit sour. A relatively light dry stout, but with very full flavor. Excellent.
EdKing (2343) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap in El Nubichimo, Yokohama care of TimE. Black opaque with thin tan head. Nose is deep deep dark chocolate and then rosted grain, almost burnt notes and some milkiness. Taste is roasted grain, dark chocolate, and then coffee finish. Body is quite light though and not much trace of hop. Lovely choc though.
Radek Kliber (7058) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma slight frontal tartness, sourness with dark elements behind. Hint of chocolate. Dry. 7-
Appearance pours dark brown. Large gushing top. 4-
Flavor and Palate : dry rusty feel, ash with slight tartness. Cocoa with dry roast. Mild funk. Long lasting finish. Beer with unique character. Some dryness direct on top end.
kramer (5758) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle. Pours a dark black body with a rather large fizzy dark brown head that took a good long while to settle. The nose is dry roasty malt with a bit of coffee and a light hint of hops. The flavor is dry with a very distinct brett influence that almost dominates more than the roastiness. Minimal light bitterness up front, but the finish is a funky brett and chocolate mixture that’s really quite pleasing. The body is fairly light and airy, which is somewhat due to the brett infection I think. Lots of micro fine fizzy carbonation. This was quite obviously infected, but rather "clean" in that it only tastes like brett infection. Very much reminds me of one of Bullfrog’s "Kegs Gone Wild" beers. We need more Stouts and Porters intentionally dosed with brett.
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle thanks to blutt59) near black with a lasting light tan head. Nose of fudge, cream and dark chocolate. Taste of watery chocolate, cocoa with a very dry finish. This is lacking on flavor a bit and some nuts are in the finish as well.
Wombata (615) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 Aroma: Chocolate, creamy.
Palate: Mid-weight, creamy.
Flavor: Bitter chocolate, creamy. A long finish--chocolate and medium-bitter coffee.
Comments: A previous time that I had this on draft I gave it a 28 (pear, burnt coffee and unsweetened bitter chocolate--thin body). Clearly the body was better on this one and no pear flavor.