5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Black, thin dark beige head, spotty lacing.   Roasty nose, black coffee, a little bit of dark pitted fruit.   Not as roasty on the nose, semi-sweet, actually sweeter than most, with more dark pitted fruit.   Not a heavy stout, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Cold coffee, ash, minor dark pitted fruit, and roastiness on the finish.   Not a Stout to re-write history, but its pretty solid.   Better than most I should say!
Ron (2315) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfect stout appearance. Dark brown/black pour, big frothy caramel head. Smell is a mixture of dark fruits, cocoa, and roasted malt. Flavor is caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, and malt sugar. It is rich and decadent. Well-done.
jb (2023) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is very dark, clear, nice tan head, tight creamy pattern covering the top. Roasted notes dominate nose and taste. Also some coffee in the taste, and a bit of booze in the back end. Satisfying, not complex, decent, not a great one.
Smurf2055 (1255) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours black, 2 finger tan, carbonated head.
Smell juicy red fruits and a bit of roast.
Taste sweet and ashy, lots of chocolate on the tail.
Thinner bodied than expected.
Very simple and boring.
Advocate_Ames (362) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance is foamy, sticky, and very dark in color. The aroma is robust, full of roasted malts, oak, weak sweet malts, spices, dark chocolate, and there is a complexity here. The flavor is of dark sweet malts, mild bitter chocolate, medium level of pepper taste, booze, and dark fruit. My palate was not impacted as much as I anticipated. The finish was pleasant. The flavor was not tarnished by too much booze and bitterness. Overall a very good drink.
Beerathon (889) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very smooth and silky. No distinct flavors that are big, well balanced. Would have liked a more IBU.
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: The body is pitch black, but there is almost no head at all even during a hard pour. Only a very thin coating appears.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of sweet milk chocolate with a light dark fruits backing. Roasted malts are subdued, perhaps a touch here.
Taste: The intro is very mild but the mid-taste is strong with dark chocolate backed by roasted malts and dark fruits. The roasted malts and dark chocolate linger a bit and warming alcohol creeps up after the finish.
Palate: Thick and creamy with light carbonation.
Overall: I wouldn’t mind revisiting this fresh, it’s certainly good enough to try again, though without the potential hints of oxidation that may be present in the form of dark fruits.
thirdeye11 (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle 2013 vintage) deep espresso brown, creamy lasting soapy medium tan bubbles that coat the glass. Nose of chocolate cake, toasty raisin, very complex. Taste of alcohol, chocolate cake, rum soaked raisins, bitter semisweet chocolate, oats, medium thick body. Neat beer. Bit too much alcohol dominant in the taste of this one.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours near-black with an amber tinge and a small tan head. Aroma of deep dark fruits, roasted malt and some wood. Flavour brings out roasted malt, deep dark fruits, and some wood. Very soft on the palate, with a deep dark fruit and soft roasted malt on the finish. Great stuff.
fiveacestx (447) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - poured black with a small head. Had a malty bourbon taste to it. Somewhat thin on the mouthfeel. Decent.