anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Chriso. Pours a black color with a small longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate vanilla and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had to rate something on 12/12/12 -- 16.9oz bottle from Liquor Shop in Tyngsboro,MA. Muddy dark brown with moderate creamy tan head. Aroma is primarily cocoa with a touch of coffee and vanilla. Flavor is relatively straightforward up front with sharp coffee notes but fades into a complex finish of chocolate, vanilla, and through a myriad of rich roast malts. Complexity really shows up as the beer warms...when cold, the finish is a bit sharp. Nice stout.
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark (almost black) with moderately thick brown head. the aroma is mostly roast, coffee, and cocoa; these are also predominant in the taste, although some very nice vanilla flavor starts to come through at the end. overall, the vanilla is understated and the beer is fairly dry. medium body. very drinkable - a nice change of pace from some of the more extreme imperial stouts.
zizzybalubba (1768) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Very dark brown, almost black, pour with a creamy brown head. Faint aroma of vanilla that is mostly overpowered by dark cocoa, charred malts, and roasted coffee. Nice dark roasted malt flavor with notable coffee and dark chocolate and a more subdued vanilla in the background. Medium bodied and full of flavor yet quite drinkable at only 6.5% ABV. Nice beer!
TheBeerGod (5924) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short, dark brown head. Aroma is cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee notes, roasted malt and light vanilla notes. Taste is bigger vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, burnt caramel, cocoa and dark chocolate. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly, but creamy, carbonation. Ends slightly more bitter with cocoa, vanilla, stronger coffee, roasted malt and burnt caramel.
matthewgerke (67) - - DEC 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured almost black with a thick caramel-colored head. Aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Both were also present in the flavor along with some roasted malt notes and then finishing with a non-overpowering vanilla flavor.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black, with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and vanilla. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, fruit, and chocolate. Medium to light body. I think an imperial version of this would be intriguing.
dlovell2 (1626) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black with a coffee colored head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes. Rich roasted malt flavor with brownsugar, chocolate and vanilla flavors. This is a rich flavorful brew.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with chocolate highlights and a coffee colored head. The aroma is sweet with ground espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted meat coming through strongly. On the palate, it is sweet and round with cafe-au-lait balanced out with tannic roasty notes. Not terribly exciting, but really well executed and tasty.
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Chriso tasting, thanks Chris, 18/11/12.
Very dark mahogony brown approaching black with a thin tan head that departs to the edges.
Nose is roast malt, light molasses, hops, a touch of ginger.
Taste comprises roast malt, chocolate, molasses, hops, a little background pine.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a roasted dry finish.