DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from state line Liquors.pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. Has a bit of peppery spice on the nose. Fairly malty on the tongue. Finishes clean. Not really feeling this one.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my Sierra Nevada IPA glass produces a four finger thick, richly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is an opaque, quite black color. The aroma has a spicy, fruity, but significantly roasted character to it; mixes of clove, burnt prune, dark raisin notes, hints of cardamom, sweet cinnamon, earthy spice notes, rich fruity dark chocolate notes, and a spicy, slightly vegetal, dark fruit character.
Ample roasted dark malt notes, rich dark chocolate notes, and a chewy dark grain character are intertwined with a spicy, piquant, earthy chili like character that infuses this beer nicely without actually being overly spicy. Touches of lingering heat in the finish add some soft chili character. There is not quite as much fruit character as in the nose, but a fair amount of clove like character accentuates dark prune notes, roasted raisin notes, some tart dark plum notes, and perhaps even some burnt tamarind like flavors. The carbonation is quite prickly and effervescent, but the dark malt acidity somehow tempers it a bit, and the body is quite light and definitely quaffable; the body is quite a bit lighter than one fermented with typical American yeast. This has a big roasted character that dominates, but still integrates quite well, with all the other flavor notes in this beer; touches of full city roasted coffee, burnt dark malt character, burnt whole grain toast, and blackened molasses notes.
Not bad actually, more tasty than I was expecting, and the chili character is quite well integrated; this gets bonus points for how well the chili character is used here.
Geiserich (4101) - Linz, AUSTRIA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can: Very intensive dark chocolate and cacao aroma with light notes of chilies. Black color and a quickly diminishing brown head. Flavor is malty, roasty, light sweet with a following, very intensive cacao and hocolate flavor. Light spicy with decent sharpness of the chilies. Finish is very roasty but not to bitter with notes of cacao powder and chilies. Very tasty and harmonic.
Garrold (4100) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from Bier Huis, Ossett. Not sure how a 7% beer brewed with chocolate and spices (which spices?) can end up so thin. Everything is in the aroma.
Blairgus (4097) - California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
15 Apr 2013, can. black with thick, foamy head that fades fast. nose is big: bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast, kind of acidic, some chill pepper. thin body and moderately fizzy. really tart, acidic dark chocolate. too acidic. i’m not a big fan.
MrHangover (3895) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can @ Dean’s Birthday tasting, courtesy of zer0. Pours a very dark, almost black beer with a small biege head on top. Faint aroma of licorice, chocolate and Belgian yeastiness. Flavour is medium sweet, light alcoholic and malty. Short finish and a quite watery body. Decent.
mile (3778) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Very dark brown - almost black, small to average and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some roasted malt and light coffee, faint spiciness (pepper, cinnamon). Body is light to medium, malty and sweetish flavor, light caramel and light roasted malt. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some roasted malt and light coffee, faint spiciness. Bit watery stout with roastiness and faint spiciness/pepper.
BelgianBeerGal (3776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flagstaff can. Pitch black pour with a huge brown head. Big aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and cayenne pepper. Flavor has some dark roasted malt and making chocolate with a spicy, warming finish. Good.
IndianaRed (3738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a can into a pint glass, Pretty much black, very nice dense light tan head. Toffee and dark roast aroma with milk chocolate notes. Mainly straight forward light moderate roast flavors. Light bodied and a touch metallic at the end. Doesn’t taste as big as %7.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great up front; thins out and dries out too much toward the finish. Chocolate flavors are on the weak side. Clove is a bit overdone. Chilies and cinnamon are nicely far in the background. I like the chocolate + chilies + cinnamon interplay, but I’m not so sure about the clove and the Belgian yeast. They just seem to be out of place and conflicting. Aside from all that, it’s a decent brew.