cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black, dark than head that laces well. Nose is deep and dark, lots of coffee and burnt oats. Good full taste attack to finish. very nice stout.
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Vintage 2008] Tap @ Barleywine and Big Beer Fest... Poured black with a thin head. A lot of coffee and mocha flavors as it finished with a malt and dry hop bitterness.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from liquid solutions in Oregon. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and no ring. Aroma of dark molasses, rum, a hint of raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla and even a touch of licorice. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of pine. Finish has a slight metallic texture with some black licorice and dark chocolate aftertaste. Some alcohol warmth comes out after the finish.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a large head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, wintergreen and a bit of chocolate. Not a kosher taste... asphalt, hair gel, green pepper and charcoal. Reminded more than one of us of Footbalm’s Mikkeller Black rating.
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 (8817) - 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 (3029) - 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 (5266) - 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 (1867) - 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.