gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black pour with small brown head. Big roasty/smoky aroma with some chocolate. The flavor is similar, with some anise/licorace and a warming bit of alcohol in the finish.
PartyFowle (631) - - JUN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s so black! It’s so impossibly black! One finger of foam the consistency of boiling sugar tops the ebony liquid with the color of cinnamon sticks. A beautiful, spirited aroma: black strap molasses, peanut butter, a splash of coffee, nougat. Cocoa butter and something savor blend in the background. The flavor is almost off-puttingly tangy. Prunes, brandy, toasty oak. Much fruitier here than in the aroma, which was more nutty. Espresso vapors add some bite and acidity. Give it some time and warmth and the complexity of fruit flavor emerges a bit more -- raisins, definitely and pomegranate, maybe. Creamy medium body; gentle carbonation. Hardly any heat, which is pretty impressive. Bitterness is actually pretty intense, scraping the sides of the tongue between sips. Smooth once it warms up. Nice dark fruit flavor.
crossovert (9190) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Black pour, the smoke blends into the stout, but htis one is huge and boozy.
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma is strong smoke and roasted malt. Slick mouthfeel with nice chocolate, light smoke, wood, light booze, very nice.
Beerman6686 (5322) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a very dark.brown with a dark tan head. Aroma was of.smoke, dark.chocolate and light barrel. Flavor was incredibly balance, Smokey but not burnt, not overly sweet, and dark.chocolate. Lacking barrel, but really tasty impy.
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2/15/15] Draught at City Beer in San Francisco. Black with a brown head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, soy sauce and heavy roast. Sweet flavor full of dark chocolate and some smoke. Huge mouthfeel. Beautiful! Great stuff.
Art (2246) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pretty long want of mine. Thanks for bringing it on the trip. Pours a dark brown black. Not much head. Aroma of smoke and chocolate. Roasty. Taste is sweet. Medium body.
charule (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to Dan. Poured super black with dark tan head. Aroma smokey vanilla choc dark fruit. Light/min carb med thick bod. Bitter smokey choc dry taste.
RobertDale (4266) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of smoke. Excellent.
JK (4969) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black. The smoke is there in the aroma, and some smoked meat in the flavor, but also with bourbon. I might have liked this more without the bourbon.
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Superstar Beverage in Huntington. Pours a very thick, viscous black with some creamy, off white head. Nose has a ton of black licorice and molasses, hugely sweet, malt too, some mild smoke, some umami notes, plenty of booze too. Flavor follows right along, very thick, burnt caramel, molasses, liquid licorice, some anise, some smoke, pencil lead. Full bodied, thick, boozy finish.