iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$11.99 for an undated 750mL bottle from Olive Tree Market in OB. Clear deep dark brown with a a dark mahogany one finger head, fair retention. Smells really nice. I get a good amount of chocolate and roasted malt, some doughy yeast and malted milk balls behind. Light toasty caramel, nothing seems burnt or ashy thus far, a touch of herbal hops. Flavor follows suit, does add a bit o ashy notes, but not much at the beginning. It does get a little ashy by the dry finish, but not terribly so. The flavor beforehand is quite nice. Bitterness peaked at a 3-4, alcohol masked pretty decently for 10.4%. Light carbonation with a big full body. Pretty tasty imp stout, and I haven’t liked too many lately.
Modularman (20) - - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma burnt coffee, appearance is pitch black with dark brown head, taste is burnt coffee, leather, molasses, and a little sour funk. Very unique and flavorful stout.
Thisis12ptfont (709) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Popping open this bottle while listening to Dimmu Borgir & Black Dhalia Murder =] Aroma brings heavy notes of chocolate, black malts, toffee, espresso and literally roasted grains. Thick motor oil black appearance with a nice mocha colored foam and intense lacing against the glass. Very, very carbonated flavors of dark chocolate, fudge brownie, coffee beans, oily molasses and funky toffee. As it sits, the carbonation fades a bit. Alcohol is well masked and the finish is a smooth chocolate with a warmth from the alcohol. Overall, this is a really nice black ale. First i’ve had from this brewery, will definitely be purchasing more from these guys. A- rating.
kevinator (558) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Too bad this version isn’t available anymore. I had this when it first came out and thought it great. While trying it again, this bottle obviously had age on it but held up very well. Strong roasted malt aroma with some coffee. Very black with a big brown fizzy head. It had a medium-weight palate with good carbonation. Flavors were toasted grains, coffee and burnt toffee. Alcohol was covered pretty well. I’ll miss this one.
ineedbeer (424) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle. Aroma is full of dark chocolate, light toast, light leather and tobacco and moderate fruit esters. Fruit is raisin, prune and fig with a faint plum note. Really nicely balanced aroma. Faint soy sauce oxidation. Pours black with a fairly thick mocha head that shoes good retention but does steadily recede leaving a thin film on top and along the edges. No lading but fairly long legs. Flavor is similar to aroma, but perhaps a bit more fruity and the alcohol is more noticeable. Moderate roast character with supporting leather and tobacco notes. Lighter amounts of dark chocolate. Moderate raisin, prune and fig. A hint of earthy, woodsy hops and moderate bitterness. Moderate alcohol heat in the finish. Some dark chocolate in the finish along with a bit of an ashy character. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium high carbonation. Low to medium low astringency, likely from all the dark malt, and medium alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, with the aroma being better than the flavor. The flavor is just too ashy with a bit too much astringency. The carbonation is a bit high as well.
wisdomsolo (155) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome bottle label! Thick and dark like the head-banging, mosh-pitting black death metal it derives its name from. Pretty Good.
fluffy (1048) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
yeah buddy, this one is pretty impressive. jet black, lots of dark grain notes, coffee, dark chocolate, some vanilla and bourbon. best label ever.
TrappistenOli (296) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Schwarz, schöner hellbeiger schaum, aroma etwas dunkle beere, schokolade, kaffe, geschmack etwas röstmalz, schokolade, angenehme nicht zu diminierende bittere, starke rezenz, nachklang leichte bittere und etwas/fein "klebrig"
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BOSSbrewer (1025) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sour. Farmhouse imperial stout. Wow what a beer. Huge and intriguing. The sourness comes through but is balanced by the grain bill. Thanks for this to Butler.
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. More or less pitch black colour with a beigeish brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, ashes, some ripe dark fruits as well as mild liquorice. Flavour is very dark chocolate, some coffee, mild nuttiness as well as some ashes, ripe fruits, alcohol and some hints of liquorice. Smooth to drink and although big, not all too thick.
AlainG (898) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Noire coiffée d’une mousse brune qui ne laisse que peu de trace. Des arômes acidulées ou encore surets, peut-être de levain et probablement de mélasse. Un goût plutôt effacé, par rapport au style, où on détecte les grains grillés et les céréales. Est-ce que c’est des saveurs de fumée ou de bois brûlé? L’alcool, difficilement perceptible au goût et à l’odorat, sauf qu’il fait un bon travail. (765-030813)