beerbill (3179) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with mibirder. Pours very, very dark brown, but not quite black, with a thin light brown head that took almost the entire pour before it finally materialized and then barely lasted through the first two sips and left virtually no lace. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, coffee and just a touch of soy sauce. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, and scotch whiskey with an ever-so-slight taste of soy sauce. A bit of salt in the flavor as well. Some mild smoke emerges at the finish, especially as the beer warms. Fairly dry at the finish with medium bitterness. The bitterness and the dryness linger on the palate for several seconds beyond the swallow. A good stout albeit a bit rough around the edges.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very enjoyable and drinkable. Very dark with an off white head. Nice balanced roast and some bitter cocoa and coffee. Taste is sweet and with some mellow dark fruit and coffee.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided to me by Sean, thanks. Served in my Stone IRS snifter and is jet black with an initial large foamy tan head which does fade but leaves behind excellent lacework. The aroma has notes of black strap molasses, chocolate covered fig and prune, hint of charred ashy malts, coffee, alcohol, some resiny and herbal hop and associated peppery notes. The taste pretty much follows suit with a malty and dark fruit forefront, moderate hop spice and boozy back end with a chocolate and toasted midsection. There is a bit of an almost peaty and salty character on the aftertaste along with a quick note of coffee. Still seems a tad young and brash, aggressive mouth feel.
swoopjones (4915) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 version aged for year & 1/2 at Coles. On tap at Coles Buffalo NY. Pours deep dark blackness with dark tan/khaki head. Huge roasty aroma . Taste is huge roastiness, notes of chocolate. 12% is a tad boozy but not overbearing. Very well done
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pure black, with little capuccino coloured head. Strong alchohol aroma, overlying a smoky malt aroma. Alcohol battles with bitter hops in the flavour. Too much alcohol to be enjoyed, yet true to the style.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from MBC. This beer pours deep dark brown, pretty much black. Smells is both fruity, chocolate and a little boozy. Taste is huge, and complex, very large coffee and burn malt flavor, with sweetness of dark chocolate, and a finish you make sure you notice the 12%ABV
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown out of the bottle, but appears black in the glass. Unfortunately is a bit lighter in color than I prefer, and it doesn’t appear to be bottle conditioned. Dark red fruit and chocolate in the nose, but it doesn’t have the vibrancy I’d prefer. Flavor has some serious concentration and depth to it. Very flavorful and complex from start to finish. Anise, chocolate, dark roast, fudge, bitter hop. Wow, a beauty. Great recipe. Well executed.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Brazen Head. Deep black beer. Aroma is quite light. Soft cocoa and a lot of rummy and lightly toasty malts. There is a pretty substantial peppery alcoholic aroma as well. Flavour has a bit of licorice and roast. The flavour is quite thin, hot and slightly boozy. It’s got some light sweetness on the back of the palate but the beer is really hot. A touch of earthy character on the back. As it warms, it gets more plummy with a noticeable roastiness. It’s not bad, but it’s entirely too boozy for me.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle at AlohaCs. Thanks for sharing. Sweet, rich, coffee, and chocolate. Really good.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
decent irs not too think and I can’t see how this is a 12/% beer I woner how much oxidation there was...but still very nice