MrJAO773 (10) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty aroma with notes of caramel, bread and chocolate
Very Dark with impressive head that diminishes with first sip
Medium bitters with a burnt salty punch
Full body thick flavor with average carbonation with a bit of an astringent finish
A very hearty beer I would think best with a meal with strong flavors
mbgrayson (726) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with very little head. Aroma of malts and dark fruits. Taste is complex and rich, of licorice and dark coffee. Well blended and drinkable, thumbs up on this one.
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zvikar (4445) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a beige to brown head, aroma of caramel vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, cherry, pleasant, flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cherry, slightly acidic, medium to full bodied.
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color- black with think brown creamed head. Aroma- booze, bit of coffee. Flavor- warm from alcohol, bitter, dark fruits, hint of chocolate, slick on the tongue. Overall, pretty decent.
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black with a nice brown head, a bit creamy. Aroma of dark chocolate, mocha, some liqueur and a bit of dark fruits. Flavor of lots of chocolate with some berries/cherries, some caramel, a nutty note and a drier and slightly burnt finish. Full-bodied. Great stuff.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful surprise find on base, thank you ordering clerks at the Navy Exchange! Great looking beer, motor oil with a short lived small reddish/brown head. Loads of malt, baking cocoa and prunes in the nose. Sweet & malty with floral hints and a slow forming, yet lingering bitter finish. Some alcohol but it is well masked. This is a solid RIS, I am impressed!
jagad5 (89) - - APR 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I canít give anything a perfect score but this was close. Poured from a bottle. So dark I canít see the other side of the glass. Strong enough to help me relax and enjoy my evening.
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Black with one finger head. Solid malty base with major coffee. Hoppy bitter finish. Dark and dry. Decent RIS.
williamherbert (1509) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Supremely dark color: chocolate milk with a mocha-brown head. About as see through as a marble statue. Aroma is all malts: dark chocolate, sugary toffee and pungent dates/raisins. An unusual nuttiness in the aroma. The malt flavors have a candi sugar sweetness, but are immediately followed by burnt cookies. The slick, oily feel puts it somewhere between an Imp. Stout and a barleywine. Itís much sweeter than most RISís, but itís quite a taste explosion.
Bulk_Carrier (3882) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a dark brown colored body yielding a tan two finger foamy head with some spider web lacing around the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice combination of chocolate, coffee, and malts. Some dark fruits enter in as the beer warms.
The taste had some sweetness yet brings in a decent bitterness as the beer warms.
The palate was about a light to medium and was borderline watery. ABV, what ABV, this is supposed to be 9.5, yeah, I donít feel it. This is too drinkable for a RIS, almost as if the alcohol is way too well hidden.
Overall, well, everything smells and tastes good. Its got the normal appearance of an RIS, but lacks the thickness I look for a RIS.