jcwattsrugger (11751) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBWG@RLRL-22oz bottle-pours a light brow head and black color and sheets the glass. Aroma is dark malt-licorice/anise. Taste is dark malt-licorice/anise, earthy/spice hops, dark fruit.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
shared @ RBWG 2010. Rich bitter chocolate notes with licorice and coffee notes. Pours black with a very thin tan head. Bitter chocolate with just a hint of licorice and espresso notes with hints of vanilla as well.
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, huge thanks to ipa247 on BA for sharing this extreme rarity that I thought I’d never get a chance to try. Jeff somehow pulls some insanely ridiculous beers. This one really blew me away and exceeded even the high expectations I had set for it. Excellent appearance, jet black in color with a fluffy brown head and great lacing. Some legs on this beer as well. Absolutely incredible aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak, anise, and whiskey. Flavor is also really complex and amazing. You can definitely tell that this has some Belgian notes in it, and they meld with the rest of the flavor seamlessly. Gentle roast and rich chocolate flavors, as well as toffee and maybe even some candi sugar, vanilla, coconut, molasses, licorice, oak, and yeast. Extremely complex and well-balanced, never overpowering. The drinkability is insanely high. Overall, just a phenomenal beer, and instantly one of my favorite examples of my favorite style. Wish they would brew this one again.
Tmoney99 (12733) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at local BA gathering. Poured black color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, wood with a small alcohol aroma. Median to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
JW77 with the mack daddy hook up! Hell yeah bro! Blackish pour. Tons of molasses, roast, chocolate and some coffee notes. Flavor is full of coconut, chocolate, roast, molasses and dark toasty notes. Damn right!
patrick767 (3824) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting from Jsquire - Pours near black with a tan head and a big dark roast chocolate malt aroma. This full bodied brew is heavy on the dark roast malt, has some chocolate notes, and has a bit more bubbly feel than the usual imperial stout. It’s a very rich, enjoyable brew.
thedm (5281) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a opaque dark black colored body. The aroma was roasted malt coffee and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of toasted malt roasted malt and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #271. Tasted 7/2/09. 22oz Bomber. Opaque brown with a dark khaki head. Mild nose with hints of cocoa dust and faint coffee. Full bodied with a smooth palate and a good amount of flavors. Mild chocolate and fudge. Cinnamon and graham crackers. Mild citrus notes in the finish. Bright effervescence. Good beer! More so Imperial Stout, less Belgian. Dry, earthy malts with a sticky finish. Slight burn and very nice!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of coffee beans, chocolate, some sweet malty hints, spicy. Tastes of toffee, caramel, some bitter hints, some fruity hints, vanilla, some oaky dryness, cognac. Enjoyable.
TheEpeeist (3667) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Ebony with a tan haze and a ring. Nose is rich dark chocolate, espresso, coconut and grass. Silky with a full mouthfeel dissolving with an airy sparkle. Taste is Belgian chocolate, caramel, orange peel and dark roast. Hints of sassafras. Perfectly bittersweet with marvelous complexity.