MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Greg Clow, thanks Greg! This is night in a bottle. Not even dark brown. Like midnight sky when there are no stars. The head is frothy and mocha colour. It laces and laces and stays frothy. Initially, the nose is of mint leaves and coffee beans. But as it warms, it bursts with dark chocolate, American hops, vanilla, some oatmeal, wood, and roasted malts. In the flavour department, it’s full on bitter coffee, with minty herbal hops, dark chocolate, vanilla extract and roasted malts. Creamy, creamy, creamy. Very easy drinking with no hint of the ABV. Long, minty, bitter finish. This is very good. Outstanding. Thanks goes out to Greg Clow, who was kind enough to send me this bottle. I appreciate it!
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle. This is perhaps the most beautiful pour I have ever seen ... solidly black gold, mesmerizing cascade of tan foam rising and falling into a solid foam head of deep tan. The aroma is killer ... robust roasted malt and sweet milk and sugar. This drinks with a velvety smoothness. The flavors are beautiful and complex, some kind of blend of bitter baking chocolate, java, licorice, and thick roast. Like a good hot chocolate, this leaves a messy sludge at the finish. This is exceptional. (#3318, 2/10/2008)
Rusty (1539) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber purchased a couple months back at AJ’s in Mesa AZ. Pours a dark brownish black with a nice tan head. Smells like choolate and coffee. A nice roasty malty barley taste is going on along with a nice dry toasty finsih. Almost too dry for my liking, could use a bit more sweetness but still very good. I was disappointed with this as I didn’t think it lived up to the hype; however it is still a very nice beer.
BrotherBenny (9) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared a large bottle among 4 of us. Served in a small snifter, It pours as a thin viscous stream, with a minimal head. Dark as night and it seems to have the ability to absorb light like a sponge. The nose is awesome, my two favorite drinks in one, beer and coffee.
Initial sip very smooth and thick. Chocolate, coffee, malt, all in proportion and balance.
The finish is very nice, even with something as strong as this, there is nothing lingering out of place. Very nice, especially if you like good dark coffee.
killbuck (4) - Helsingør, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
great stout, not their best.. like the chocolate notes. looks like a stout should.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I finally got ahold of this and found it to be very enjoyable with a dark to black look and a thick maltyness to it and a little roasted flavors with hints of chocolate.CHEERS!
alobar (2991) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black color with a tall tan head. Powerful aroma of malts, chocolate, coffee, hops... Yaste was complex with hops malts, coffee, chocolate.... One of the best I’ve ever had.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m sorry. Did someone name a beer with the words "beer geek" in it??
Pours pitch black with a very dark tan head. Nose is definitely chocolate. Nice and dark cocoa tones to it. Flavor is pretty good, though I have to say I don’t think it really holds up to the look and whiff of things. Definite thick malty goodness going on here. Roasted tones are there in a mild sense. Feel is thick on the liquid and has a lower carbonation. I’d say it is what you’d expect from the style. Overall a good beer. Not the greatest of the style, but definitely well made with enough interesting aspects to keep your interest.
garthicus (2771) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Hogtownharry for providing this bottle to me, it was the first beer I ever put on my want list too. Pours a deep deep black with a frothy toffee colour head. Coffee, hop, smoke & chocolate all hit me in the aroma; All-spice in there too, beautiful. As for the flavour, where do I start? Creamy, chocolatey, bitter & sweet. A supreme attack on my tastebuds. A peaty finish lingering on the bitter. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have regular access to this, amazing
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very very nice!!! big dark brown head with a nice mocha dark brown colored body, nose is lots and lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some smoke and raisin. flavor is again big time coffee, semi sweet choc, smoke again. smooth mouth coating brew nice stuff