MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to zinister who shared it at the January RB tasting. Pours black with brown bubbles instead of head. Nose is of chocolate and roast malts. Taste is of chocolate candy and a bit medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium and dry.
JK (5329) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Levi for sharing this one. Unusual aroma of alcohol and beef jerky. Teriyaki in the flavor, with malt. Black beer, and even though I can smell the alcohol, there isn’t much of it in the flavor or the palate. Quite smooth.
yespr (37013) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark malty and light butterish. Roasted base. Sweet and dark malty flavoured. Dry and hard roasted towards coffeeish. Acidic and hard roasted finish.
Guerde (1244) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle shared by MatSciGuy, thanks!) Been wanting to try this one for awhile now. Pours a thick black with no head whatsoever. Aroma is pretty standard and unexpectedly low-key, with some chocolate, roasted malt, faint oak, and a lot of booze. The taste follows with some chocolate, smoke, charcoal, oak, and faint raisin. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, with chocolate pudding showing up in the finish. An alright beer, but it didn’t stand out like I would’ve expected it to.
dchmela (2887) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Brewolf for the bottle. Thick, oily black pour. Huge bourbon, roasted grain, chocolate and creamy aroma. Smooth clean bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit tastes. A really good brew.
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy bret27 at Woodshop 5.0. Pours black with minor dark brown corners and leaves scotch-colored legs on the glass. Aroma is big on chocolate graham crackers and charred malts with wood and vanilla from the barrel aging. Flavor is deep and roasty with super-dark chocolate, iced coffee, ash, smoke, deep dark fruits, and a smooth bourbon character. Huge body and really flavorful. An asswhipper for sure.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was really excited for this one, but maybe the bottle I had just needed some more time. Lots of coffee, chocolate, toffee, tobacco, with a lot more heat than I’d like.
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home ... huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for this ... oily black ... no head ... well not any left as ive been supping it with my curry ... mosasis and roast malts ... little meaty nose .... rich deep soft toffee malts ... deep roast ... littlr coffee bitterness but not much coffee ... spicy oh no thats the curry :-) .... again a little meaty and little tobacoo... nice . going a treat ... Ok TK 2 end of evening finishing the rest of the bottle... WOW this just jump out as a cut above the others ... soft and smooth ... lacks a dryness that was in the of the Black Force One ... almost quite honeyish ... upping this a pip. -> 4.3
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy dchmela. Bottle, 09. Black pour with brown carbonation. Vinous oak, smoke, dark fruits, whiskey oak, roasted coffee, subtle cocoa, macaroon, hints of peat near the finish. Peat and booze bring balance to the finish. Not sure if there is any peated malt in this, but it def tastes like it. Full body, rich, smooth, mildly viscous. Awesome stout. Right up there with Sloth.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to dchmela. Pours black/opaque. Big bold and very complex nose exhibiting notes of booze and ashy tobacco primarily. Also hints of roasted malts, roasted marshmallows, and coffee. Not getting a lot of the red wine, but I can smell if I try really hard. The flavor is even better than the nose. The tobacco come to the foreground. As a pleasant surprise the red wine becomes much more prominent. The booze recedes a little so that it stills lends bold semisweet flavors without diminishing the drinkability. Very creamy, very wonderful beer.