presario (4535) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black. Minimal head. Black tary oatmeal and coffee scent. Hops on the tip of the tongue and then a darker flavour. Hops seem to float on a surprisingly light stout to the back of the mouth when the hops give way to a cloudy thick stout aftertaste. I might have started it a little cold, body turns a little silkier with a light sugar edge as it warms.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black/dark brown with a thick tan head. Floral hops, coffee, chocolate in the aroma and flavor. Roasted malt. Solid brew.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
16.9 oz botle from Capone’s. Pours onyx with big 4-finger tan head. Nose is huge resiny hops, pine, dark roasty malt, coffee, cacao. Tastes very smooth, rich, with a front end of nitrogenated dark malt, incredibly velvety smooth, with mid-palate hops, coffee, cacao, and earthy molasses and blackberry and fig notes. This one is as smooth as it gets, and absolutely wonderful. Naysayers can suck my balls, because this one rules, and it even better than Alpha Klaus.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Floral citrus hops, cherry, and chocolate aroma. Thick buttery palate. Bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate tastes with a rich earthy finish.
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 16.9 oz. Split with and courtesy of James. Pours a deep brown with a thick tan bubbly head. Crazy ladder-rung lacing. amazing black floral IPA notes; dry hops, sweet malts, lavender, licorice, and bitter coffee. Full bodied with a dry roasted coffee, bitterly hoppy flavor. Some notes of vanilla and caramel. Very good stout.
TheEpeeist (3180) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with a frothy tan head. Nose is pine and chocolate that at first seems to clash but ends up blending nicely. Creamy body with a soft resiny buzz. Taste is grapefruit, French roast and orange juice. I suppose this qualifies as breakfast. More of a black IPA with the hops dominating the chocolate and caramel notes.
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with a small brown head. Roasted hoppy aroma with vanilla, smoked notes and some perfume. Hoppy metal flavor, roasted, dark chocolate, grass and some perfume.
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, roast, cocoa, citrus, and some vanilla bean. Taste of roasted malts, cocoa, some smoke, citrus, pine, and a dry, roasty, bitter pine finish.
Chalsk (1017) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a Damico beer tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Sweet malty taste with a nice hop hit.
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle picked up at StateLine... Intially shared by Roberto, this bottle was consumed at home. Poured into a snifter, dark black in color, good mocha colored head. Smells hoppy! (Duh) Lots of burnt roasted malts and coffee taste. The after taste is bitter, nice and hoppy. Creamy smooth body, easy to drink. Overall: A black IPA or a hoppy stout? Just more roasted malt and coffee... Simple but good stuff