Travlr (20286) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source, new version. Opaque dark brown color, brown head with good retention. Aroma of sweet brownies. Taste is boozy chocolate liqueur. Very tasty.
Leighton (17787) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours a menacing black with a moderate, creamy brown head. Roasted, dark malt aroma with candy and faint hops. Quite sweet with more dark malts, along with licorice, raisins, caramel, Belgian sugar and some chocolate. Modest bitterness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes rich and sweet with lingering cocoa maltiness and some boozy warmth. Excellent.
brokensail (15461) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is nearly flat, thick, and black as night. Essentially no head with a few scattered bubbles.
S: Tons of sweet milk chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and just a hint of coffee. As it warms up, a touch of figs, raisins, and miscellaneous dark fruits.
T: The flavor of this beer is just so smooth and rich. The whiskey and vanilla come through strongly and give way to sweet chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The oak makes itself known at times, and there are some dark stone fruit flavors on the back end.
M: Really exceptional in terms of the feel. Nice and smooth, creamy, and full bodied.
D: An absolutely fantastic beer all around. I wish I had a bottle of this because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my few samples of this.
Tmoney99 (13157) - 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.
argo0 (12928) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(BCTC, 22oz bottle, thanks TomDecapolis) Creamy brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some coffee/roast, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, roast/burnt, coffee, some alcohol/burn. Creamy medium-full body.
Ratman197 (12818) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber ( thanks to robertburns for sharing) poured a translucent black with a small lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of frfuittiness, carmel, toffee, light roastiness and a hint of brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, fruitiness, milk chocolate and light vanilla with a smooth lingering semi sweet finish.
jcwattsrugger (12011) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Pours opaque black with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, prunes, tobacco, earthy and woody hops with stone fruits. Flavor is dark chocolate and roast malt, lightly tart dark fruits, light earthy hops and bitterness, brown sugar and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 22oz bottle. Poured a dark black (it just doesn’t get darker than this) with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of dark fruits, oak, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, smoke, and chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasty. Full and creamy body. Damn this was good.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Tasting, Pre-Sex
Appearance: very dark brown, fine tan head, bits of lace,
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a nice sweet estery fruityness,
Overall: rich chocolate, nice fruity sweetness, touch of dark chocolate bitterness, fruity esters really bring out the rich chocolate, light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20