kramer (5316) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a dark chocolate brown head. Rather fizzy looking head, lots of visible carbonation. Huge roasty nose with some chalk, burnt malt, dark fruits, yeast, light alcohol, even a little licorice. The more I smelled it the more a big milk chocolate aspect arose. Very burnt roasty flavor, some roasted peanuts, heavy dark candied fruits, kinda chalky on the finish with a little alcohol heat. A lot of bitterness going on here. Heavy thick texture with too much fizzy effervescent carbonation that actually kind of ruined the overall experience for me. Sticky alcoholic finish. Big for sure, but certainly not better. Not impressed with this effort.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of dark fruit, some sweet caramel, soy sauce, coffee. Tastes sweet and bitter with a ton of coffee on the finish.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with deep brown 2 finger head. One of the darkest heads I have seem. Aroma and flavor are similar - roasted malt, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Licorice is very apparent at the front of the tongue (not my preference) but aftertaste is coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and lush. If the licorice was not so dominant, I would have rated this higher. All in all, not bad, and I enjoyed the full 750ml.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours opaque black with a fairly dark brown one inch head which has some purple hues in it. crazy retention and slug-like lacing.
lots of rich roasty malt aroma without a lot of astringency or char... molasses, chocolate, tar, mellow nutty coffee and some black raisins.
the flavor on this thing is a monster... very robust mix of roast, dark bitter chocolate, belgian-esque yeast, black raisins, spice, florals and phenols. it is sweet but not overly and is well suited to match the bitterness. nearly full bodied but the airy soft carbonation gives it a creamy light mouth feel on the tongue. it*s very feminine yet very powerful.
this is significantly less chocolate-y than it was a year ago but the roasty bitterness is developing nicely. when it was fresh it could be poured over shaved ice to make a chocolate flavored snow cone!
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black color with dark tan head. Flavor and aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit. Well balanced.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color, almost purple, with very little head. The bouquet is full of chocolate, plums, dates and other dried fruits. Full of flavor, this has just the right amount of toast and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Another great offering from Lost Abbey.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black pour with cocoa colored brown head. Aroma is light cocoa, light roast and some milk. Flavor is some sweet chocolate, minerally roast and coffee. Alcohol is slightly noticable as well. Some raisens and pit fruit are also noticable. I liked this one.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured black in color with a thick, fluffy head of fine brown bubbles. The nose had a stone/mineral component followed by rich chocolate, coffee and a touch of dark fruit. In the mouth it was full and rich but balanced by the wealth of carbonation.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big corked bottle. Holy schnikes this is huge. Thick and dominating, this beer grabs your attention and does not let go. I should have split this bottle with someone as it thoroughly kicked my ass.
RIXbeer (102) - USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet Black, 2 fingers of head. cascaded for 2+ minutes. Looks awesome! Very dirty cream colored head that stick to everything! Overwhelming Plum, chocolate and coffee. Sorry I have to drink this now. WOW, Coffee, Bittersweet chocolate and Roasted something I can’t place. Wow I need to taste more. It’s a smooth bitterness of chocolate and coffee. Really an amazing taste! The taste alone will remind me each and every time I see this beer to grab one! Creamy like buttermilk with a light carbonation but nothing too overwhelming. The creaminess lingers a little bit after the liquid is gone. I could drink this till I had to call it a night. Drinking these it would be a quick night. I want to keep the glass attached to my lips so I can enjoy the flavors overwhelm my palate.