brystmar (1258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, and bready booze join forces to create the best dark beer in the box. This rivals BCBCS for my favorite coffee-forward stout, and competes for best-of-box accolades.
alexsdad06 (5425) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at FoBAB ’12. Pours near black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma had roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with mild barrel notes. The flavor had more coffee and chocolate than the nose indicated, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla with a touch of char at the finish. I thought this was very solid, but more about the treatments than the base beer.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Cloudy dark brown ale with no head. The aromatic highlights are chocolate, coffee beans, coconut and a slight red wine component. Medium-bodied with lazy carbonation. Roasty, carbonic, coffee and cacao flavor with a splash of red wine. Finishes burnt, boozy and fairly bitter.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a Lost Abbey teku glass. Nose is really heavy coffee with nice chocolate in the background. Roasted cocoa and smooth coffee. Creamy and full body. Fairly smooth. All in all, tastes really nice but the base beer isn’t present at all. Just a lot of coffee and chocolate. Still, quite enjoyable.
50belair (2254) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Big coffee aromas. Deep roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Fabulous lacing. Good body and carbonation. Well done....
biggirlpanties (181) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Track 10 375mL bottle thanks to Dan! Shared with GT2 and company. Jet black pour. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Same in flavor, has the super rich melted dark chocolate/Mexican hot chocolate character. Not sweet, very density, spicy. Ultra thick palate. Definitely a dessert beer, but not cloying. Decadent, soft. Very nice. Serpents Stout is one of my favorites and this was an improvement over that if it’s even possible. Very excited to have had this rarity.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FOBAB ’12. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt aroma. Really roasted burnt and tasty. Light sweet a little dry. Lots if burnt malt and roast a little coffee. Almost harsh on the throat. Creamy. Good. 8/4/8/3/16
Ibrew2or3 (6905) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Track 10 bottle pours with a mahogany body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, burnt malts, rich dark roasted coffee and then some faint smooth bourbon booze. The taste is rich and deep with dark roasted malts and yummy rich oily dark roasted coffee. It maintains the yummy rich dark roastiness to midway where a modest smooth sweet bourbon booze note joins in and helps take this into the finish. Dynamite.
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL thanks to dfroms! Inky black pour. Reddish foam. Green coffee nose, moving to hazelnut, rich spicy dark chocolate, ancho chilies...as it warms the green coffee sort of dissipates and brings amaretto and some porcini mushroom/soy/umami character. Taste is delicious: muted spice, melted dark chocolate bar, some lactic acid and hop bitterness balance. Ultra rich cacao chocolate. I still like normal Serpents Stout, no green coffee nose and similar superlative palate. Also accessible, larger quantity. Fiance rating: 4.2
illidurit (2146) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz boxset tasting. Aroma of coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet iced coffee. That’s basically it. Good though.