DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/2 pint from the tap at a local restaurant. Nice dark color... sweet malty aroma. Great taste, nice body... a little bit of a black licorice aftertaste. This is a really nice beer. Not something that I could drink all day (being as sweet as it is) but the alcohol is masked well and itís quite tasty.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 22oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a healthy brownish head. Smell is robust with notes of caramel, roasted malt, and nuts. Taste is full-bodied and creamy with strong flavors of coffee, caramel, and alcohol -- not so much a boozy bite as brown liquor flavors. An excellent strong ale with the right balance of complexity and drinkability.
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a cloudy, dark head with an aroma ranging between hazelnuts, leather, and burnt sugar. The aftertaste leaves us with a slighty more powerful than desired alcohol/varnish flavor, but quickly balances out.
As complex as an ale ought to be, another fine submission from the folks at New Holland.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, dark fruit, and molasses. Flavor is malty, roasty, a hint of smoke, and molasses.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Molasses sweetness limits this but the oily soft water feel and oak, vanilla, dark fruit (plum, rasin?) notes are nice. Chocolate and coffee notes are not over done.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark chestnut, slight fizzy head, sporadic lacing. Tons of vanilla, pecan pie, caramel in the nose and flavour -- almost too much, making it not very balanced. Milky and thin, akin to chocolate Yoo Hoo. Slightly sourish aftertaste. Great tasting if over-the-top.
Nephilium (1487) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Starts with a nice aroma of coffee, chocolate, and a touch of oak. It pours a dark (almost black) color, with red visible when held up to a light with a moderate tan head. The flavor is a thick chocolate flavor, with hints of coffee and vanilla, with an oily texture. There is a touch of hop bitterness that hides in the back end, and blends amazingly well with the coffee and chocolate notes. The 9% ABV is amazingly well hidden. This is a very tasty beer, and one that I could sip most nights.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - AUG 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Poured a very dark almost oily color. Aroma is tangy and sweet. Taste is smooth with a bit of coffe at the end.
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, is this an impressive beer. Smell of whiskey and vanilla. Taste is unbelievably smooth with chocholate malt flavor mixed in with oak and vanilla.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good beer, but for some reason it left me wanting a little more. It was a little light in flavor for what I was expectiing and could have use a little more head in the glass (none to speak of). This is common to style, but I would like to see a little more.