17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Pours thick oily black with a mocha creamy head. Crazy aroma, molasses, creamy chocolate, coffee, porter like roast quality, some vanilla. Dark and roasty!!! Burnt coffee flavor, milky and dark chocolate. Good pine hop bite. Long roast coffee and dark chocolate finish. Super creamy body with some smooth bubbly carbonation. Becomes a little one-note after a while and pretty sugary. This is great... but with some cherries... or whiskey barrel it would be amazing! 126.96.36.199.17.....[ several successive cans of this haven’t been very good...]
Nejhleader (1325) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at mcgraths. Great beer, wierd this would be in a can. anyway nice dark colour with a brownish head, creamy body, has a nice flavour, a little bit roasted, a little chocolate and some good malt, yummy.
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 On tap at the San Diego County Fair Craft Beer Festival. Damn this beer is viscous! Pitch black color, with a light ring of maroon head. Aroma is packed with smoky wood tones, tons of roasted chocolate malt and coffee bean. All around a great flavor profile, starting with sweet molasses and rich dark chocolate, ending with bitter espresso and a bit of cherry. Outstanding body, covering the mouth with an oily character. Nice! I bet this stuff aged in bourbon oak would be straight-up epic!
GregClow (2974) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Growler shared at ’Biegaman’s Second Annual Saison Tasting’ - courtesy of jerc. Deep brown-black with a small dark tan head. Aroma of burnt malt, coffee and cocoa nibs. Big, full mouthfeel, a bit sticky in the finish. Flavour of charred roast malt, over-roasted coffee, astringent hops - pretty overpowering, but still enjoyable.
Hangover (1091) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely black pour with a thin but lasting brownish head. Roasted malt, licorice and a deep chocolate aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Flavor has a lot of chocolate up front which leads to a faint vanilla/milk chocolate middle. Body becomes a bit thicker towards the finish as the roastiness creeps up, hints of coffee. Finishes bitter, lingering coffee and chocolate. Easy drinking, I wouldnt have guessed 10% abv. Excellent. For a canned brew its freaking awesome.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
can, thanks to myself. looks perfect, pitch black, crude oil thickness (i assume it’s rather thick), very dark brown thin film of head. very pretty. smells from pretty far away. smells pretty alcoholic, pretty strong chocolate undertones, maybe a little chalky. taste is pretty sweet and chocolatey. not super malty. a little chalky, and even a bit hoppy. sticky, soy sauce. decent, not incredible.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
V - pours dark dark black. Never seen a darker pour on a thick beer. Deep tan smallish head.
A - smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate
T - malts that give way to a little alcoholic/bitter kick fading into a slight coffee/bitter taste which quickly mellows
P - good balance showcasing a variety of flavors.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can via trade with brokephibroke. Deep opaque brown-black body, thick, dense medium brown head. Aroma of rich roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate, with hints of molasses and bitter hops. Creamy, soft body, with vinous notes adding a sweet, tannic characteristic to the swirl of coffee, chocolate, dry roast, and soy. There is a chewy, soft sweetness to the body, reminiscent of red licorice or strawberries, that brings back memories of trying Thirsty Dog’s Siberian Night IS for the first time on tap. The bitter, astringent hops do assert themselves in the finish, pairing with alcohol notes, leading to a slight burn that, if reduced, would yield something even more rewarding than this already fantastic beer. Beers like this are great reminders of why the craft beer industry is hopping, so to speak...
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Pours near black with a medium head. I never had anything pitch black, but this is getting close.
Aroma of deeply roasted malts and a lot of them, as well as some liquorice, and a hint of espresso. Heavy body with a full roasted and bitter taste. Heavy hops with some chocolate and espresso.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick like syrup with one finger tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee with lots of roasted malt, hints of chocolate and vanilla with a dash of hops present as well. Flavor is prickling with creamy and roasty malt- sweet but not cloying. Deep maltyness lingers on the tounge with flavors of coffee and hops poking though as well. Palate is simply amazing. Thick, rich and syrupy, caressing the palate with velvet- perhaps the thickest beer I’ve ever quaffed. More of a dessert than a beer. Delicious.