danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice jet black with a mammoth frothy deep tan head. Nose is black licorice and some light bourbon. Taste is strong with whiskey/alcohol. Some decent malt flavors with small hop hints. A decent brew.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins. Deep black beer. Creamy dark brown head. A lot of big licorice aroma as well. Tons of soft cocoa and a bit of rich salty aroma as well. There is a little bit of sourness underneath a strong espresso roasty component. Finishes quite dry and roasty with a hint of tartness as well. Lightly tarry and ashy on the finish.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins: (Thanks Larry!) Pours near opaque with a deep khaki head. Lightly tarry aroma with some chocolaty malt character, Slick and warming body. Some odd phenols- a touch of plastic upfront salty, tar, roast and chocolate are all evident. The finish is heavily roasted and bitter (both roasted & hop bitterness). Solid, but a bit simple/typical.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black for the most part with a beige head and brown oily legs. Sweet roasted malt aroma with dry cocoa and some fruitiness. Dry cocoa flavor with a big sweet roasted malt. Dry finish. Medium bodied and warming.
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - nearly black pour, with an impressive ring of foam - semi-tart, nearly tannic aroma, with a little roast, and light hints of smoke - tastes a bit roasty and medium sweet - it has a bitter, nearly spicy kick to it - a tartness through the middle which works quite well with the roasted malt flavors - a slight alcohol kick on the back end - pretty nice.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from ditmeir. Pour pitch black with a dense, long lasting, brown head. There’s some oak, bakers chocolate, roast and tar. My sniffer is kind of jacked up, so... wait...wait...there it is. Very nice. This thing has a big ole yummy flavor. Mostly chocolate, there’s a dry oak component, and it bitter as hell. I really like this. Medium body and easy to drink. A little bit of oil. I really like this one. I noticed there’s a bourbon barrel aged version. I bet its great.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bomber, with thanks to both SuzyGreenberg and ditmier for bonus bottles, appreciate it guys! Pours a very dark brown/black with a large tan head. Aroma is roasty, with bittersweet chocolate, caramel and some faint pine and citrus hops. Flavor is sweeter, with more hops presence, along with more roast and light chocolate. A nice effort, but doesn’t seem to quite come together. Thanks again to both Ben and Eric!
daknole (9058) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 5000. Bottle. Black pour wtih a fairly small head. Aroma is roated malt with some chocolate. Flavor has some chocolate but finishes with some weird medicinal properties. A bit astringent. Still a pretty good beer, but not quite what I expected. Oh well.
theisti (3219) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle provided by HomeBrewHawk. Pour is black brown, hazy, with a smallish tan head. Aroma of muted cocoa chocolate maltiness. Nose is a little acidic, with a little bit of sharpness. Taste is syrup fruit sweetness, milky lactic coffee, with acidity that lingers. Palate is medium and coating, featuring a long long finish. The sum of the parts come together to build a better beer than I would have expected. Thanks for bringing this one Pete!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from 5000, thank you Andre. Very dark and thick pour, had a nice chocolate head. Roasty, coffee aroma. Very smooth and easy to drink, mild bitterness in the finish, pretty decent.