MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from AJ’s Arcadia. Huge, giant head of tan foam! Wouldn’t quickly dissipate, either. Once I got thru the foam, a big aroma of red wine, black cherries, plums, slight sourness, coffee & chocolate hit me. Flavors almost exactly the same- big, in-your-face dark fruits & vinous characteristics. Followed closely by some chocolate, coffee & roasted flavors taking a backseat. In the finish, I get more vinous tartness & a good hop bitterness. Very interesting stout. Would like it more if mellowed out a bit & way less carbonation. Otherwise, a great, great brew!
polomagnifico (1190) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffe, molasses, red wine, dark dried fruits and smoke. Black hue with a large light tan head that stuck around and left great lace. Flavor is medium sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall a nice brew with a complex nose. The palate is way too carbonated for me though. I like the idea and wouldn’t ever turn one down.
Pdubyah (251) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 The Stout market is well served with some very very good offerings, and I’d love to say that this was one of them. The presentation is magnificent, and you could get the impression that they’re hoping that appearance counts for a bit. Sadly the contents don’t appear to be able to reach the same wonderment that the packaging promises. Shame that.
and then in February I had this again, and I’m a changed man, enjoying this and thinking it was a bit of alright. Seriously alright
Dredd (681) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer. Jet black with thin tan head. Some slight hints of berry in an otherwise coffee led aroma. Flavour is viscous, oily with coffee and mocha flavours with again a hint of berry sweetness in there. Finish is long, powerful and smooth. Wonderful stuff.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Thick and black like oil with a big fluffy head of dark tan foam that takes a while to settle. Surprisingly mild aroma for such a big beer however the flavour more than makes up for the aroma.
spittye (2) - - OCT 1, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Full of carbonation and flavor. Had a slight winey note from the pinot barrels, but it fit right into the beer.
DeliriumT (349) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted caramel and chocolate malt flavour balanced well with good bitterness. No discernible hop flavour.
flatmatt (1013) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 mL bottle. First of all, guess I should have thought a bit when I saw the bubbling as it warmed up. Anyway, cork blew off and left a mark in the ceiling as I was untwisting the cage, then the requisite foaming onto the floor (and fortunately not my keyboard). Pours black with a foamy (obviously) tan head. Creamy cocoa aroma leaning toward vanilla, coffee hint. Coffee and cocoa with a definite tartness. It’s still pretty decent, even if it’s not supposed to be like this.
Peacehammer (588) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black, with a ton of chocolate colored head. Might be a bad bottle. Nose reminds me of a smoked wine, which is pleasant. Medium body, roasted coffee flavors are complimented by the Pinot noir. Lingering aftertaste reminds me of drinking a wine
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with lasting tan head. Aroma is a bit too in your face, strong wine notes then some dark fruits and smoke notes. Taste is better, coffee coming through now, sweet dark fruits then some chocolate followed once again by smoke. Certainly drinkable once warmed up.