LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: pours dark brown with a tan ring around the edges.
Aroma: Strong roast, dark chocolate. A little fresh wood and herbal hops.
Taste: Dark roast, black coffee mild herbal hops. Slight tartness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied ,lively carbonation.
Overall: I am sad I didn’t pick up any of the chocolate, chilies and spices. For me, the roasted dark malt conquered my palate. I’m guessing they were subtle when fresh, and I didn’t crack this baby until March.
jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a violet glow and i’m guessing, a massive head - but given that the entire can bubbled out and exploded, I’m left with the remnants. Aroma of smoke, tons of roasted malt, a vanilla bomb and a bit of black pepper. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive vanilla and grassy characteristic with a little sour note from yeast, a good dose of chocolate and some light burn at the end and hints of smoke. Aftertaste nice and complex, but showing less malt than I expected. Overall, probably would have been a nice beer - but given the explosion, a little less than stellar. I sampled this twelve ounce can, purchased from Whole Foods in Portland (Peal), Oregon on 12-April-2013 for US$2.99, held in a complete constant temperature (70degF) in dark (didn’t matter, it was in a can) location for the less than 3 months that this lasted, until it exploded the entire top off the can and the bottom puffed out big - crazy, I’ve only seen this happen to bottles. Sampled at home in Washington on 07-July-2013.
AshtonMcCobb (1744) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml can thanks to unstablefable. Pours opaque black with a nice big crema head. The nose has something savoury and smoky but both of these are mellow, Maybe even aged game, hung meat, pastrami or something. The taste is big coffee and dark chocolate and there’s a long creamy mid palate to the end - nuts too. Overall, interesting beer.
chuckstout (167) - Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Belgian phenolic, smoke, bread, faint clove, yeast aromas, flavors of Smoke spice, vanilla, frothy head, dark as night, slick, oily, lighter mouthful probably from belgian yeast, pour lacing, soft carbonation bordering on flat.
Brouwerij (721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours a dark brown with quickly diminishing brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight smoke, mild chili and heat, hint of tobacco. Flavor is mild chili up front with a chocolate, fruity, mildly roasted finish. Quite sweet as usual. Moderate carbonation, medium body, and a smooth texture. The chilies and chocolate are an interesting combination, but it is too sweet to drink much of.
kevnic2008 (6610) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is medium sweet.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate / cocoa powder, caramel, roasted grain/coffee), with notes of vanilla, smoke/char/ash, celery.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
A bit clumsy and cluttered, but ok. The spicing is fairly mild; this is a stout/porter first and foremost, thankfully...was worried this was going to be overly vegetal or cinnamon-like.
J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee, chocolate and charred wood on the nose. Black as night with a brown head. Smooth, lightly creamy body but not thick at all. Lots more dark chocolate and dark coffee with some nice honey and molasses sweetness. Definitely bitter, but probably more from the roasted malt. Good strong alcohol balance to all of this. The flavors stick to the tongue and last a good long time.
hershiser2 (1147) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
$3.20 Bottle. Wine Warehouse. Charlottesville. Pours black with an inch of dark brown head. Smells of chocolates and an indiscernible spice. Tastes of chocolate, pepper, and more chocolate - both milk and dark.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a dark brownish-black color with a hint of ruby around the edges. Thick and foamy beige head that diminishes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, malt and spices. Medium body with flavors of chocolate malt, sweet fruit, cinnamon and a touch of hops. The finish is sweet chocolate up front with a peppery spice aftertaste. Decent overall.