joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
pitch black with beautiful tan head. nose of sweet roasted malt. flavor is tremendous with large contributions from chocolate and roasted malt. the most interesting aspect is the huge hop component that at times really is present in the bitterness which is remarkable for a 9.4% ABV. As good as a Russian Imperial gets. I’ve recently had Hitachino IS and Dieu de Ciel’s Peche Mortel and although it is difficult to compare it is maybe slightly better than Hitachino, but not quite as good as Peche Morter
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can pours pitch black with a darck mocha colored head. Aromas of sweeet roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Flavor is of malts, caramel, with a decent alcohol bite. Finishes with bitter chocolate. Big thick stout.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 From a small can. Motor oil pour, One of the Darkest heads ive seen , very dark brown. subtle chocolatey, caramel. lots of roast. creamy mouthfeel, malty chocolate blast. alcohol is resonant in my mouth. Big Bold and ballsy, best tasting beer from a can ever.
17thfloor (2443) - 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! 18.104.22.168.17.....[ several successive cans of this haven’t been very good...]
Nejhleader (1451) - 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 (998) - 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 (3187) - 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 (1117) - 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 (1020) - 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.