SpongeRuiner (752) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Very dark pour with a light cream colored very thick head. Has a big toasted almond smell very interesting. A nice thick texture with a creamy finish. Toasted almond flavors continue here and go all the way down. A smooth chocolate and vanilla taste covers it all. A very good amount of alcohol feel which really makes this brew a step higher. Also a very decent price.
Suttree (5186) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, brown head. Smells chocolatey and coffee and red wine. Unfortunately its a bit of a soy bomb. Lots of red wine, too. OK, but not really my thing.
Ferris (4494) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Lots of dark chocolate, molasses and cocoa with some roast. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa and a long finish. Nice and chocolaty.
kbudd19 (645) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thin black pour, light bit of white head. Aroma is roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, smooth silky finish.
dfearnley (1032) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Chocolate, vanilla, booze, and mace. Deep black, creamy tan head. Taste is chocolate, nibs, vanilla, caramel, and mace.
PotjeBier (1732) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from de Bierkoning @ home. 2014 edition (11.5%). Black color. Beige head with reasonable retention. Aroma’s: chocolate, sweet roasted malts, molasses, with mocha, molasses and some (red) fruits retronasal. Flavor is mocha-ish sweet, roasted, light drop. Body is medium to full. Finish of heavy roast, moderate bitter. Quite awesome - would love to try a barrel aged version of this.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"11.5%. pours with a big fluffy head...dark brown, almost black w a little light getting in. luscious feel. hoppy bitterness, chocolate, dark roast and a hint of anise and smoke in the nose and flavor. Pretty nice brew."
tectactoe (2028) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black-hole black, viscous looking with a big, creamy tan head that slowly grows into a crown. Aroma is full of heavy, dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, hints of coffee grounds, & a touch of fusel alcohol. Moreover, though, the strongest aroma is the dense, bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is no different in that regard. Huge fudge cake flavor profile with an inherent sweetness that’s balanced nicely by an onset of moderately bitter, roasted malt & warming booze. The palate shows more complexity with notes of dark prune, burnt coffee beans, faint char, & charred brown sugar. But my mind keeps coming back to that lovely fudge cake flavor. It has a strong alcohol presence at 10.8%, but never gets too overbearing or undrinkable... It just commands patience. One of the best mouth feels on a beer that I can recall. So goddamn thick, chewy, viscous; just HUGE on the palate. Ten FIDY & Marshal Z territory. I am still convinced that this is the best beer New Holland does, or will ever brew. Don’t pass this one up. Awesome.
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A ton of booze makes this come on way too strong. Some roast and dark chocolate, but it doesn’t hang together very well. Bittersweet finish. Tap at Black Squirrel.
GTAEgeek (1238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared from Joe. Pours black, with a small, tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, oak, sherry, and earth. Very sweet, with very minimal roasted bitterness. Heavy body, smooth, syrupy, and thick. Overall, this is a flavorful and complex stout. More here than just the standard coffee and burnt toast. Smooth and delicious.
Maltser85 (287) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee, hints of dark fruit. Taste is the same. Super nuanced. Flavors come and go and come again. Full bodied. A big surprise of a beer!