HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
March 4, 2011 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel: my 1litre bottle, 2006 vintage (eep). Slightly thin-looking ruby-black with a minimal frothy beige/tan head (3-). Interesting, if mild, aroma - roast, prune, weak coffee, dry herbal bitterness in there somewhere. Taste - really thin, same as aroma, mild alcohol, a bit vinous, was probably once fairly boozy, but that has thinned as well. Light body for a stout, weak carbonation, a little astringent. Maybe I held on to it a little long.
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8th October 2010
Impressive 1 litre bottle, I really should be sharing this but it’s 2 years old and I need the space. Opaque black beer, small tan head, short lived. Coffee and whisky nose. Light palate, particularly for a 10.0% stout. A little dry and mild crispness. Coffee and mild minerals. Really well integrated vanilla that smooths out the coffee without ever making things sweet. A little whisky on the back of the tongue adds dimension. Immensely drinkable, too much so because I polished off the lot. Shame on me!
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty aroma. Flavor is also a bit malty, but is quickly replaced with a slightly bitter coffee taste. The sweetness of the malt mellows the bitterness. The appearance is dark as expected.
arminjewell (9251) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of hand bottle, huge thanks to Scott! Dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma has notes of dark fruit, chocolate, slight coffee, roast, some slight oxidation with a hint of slight anise and bit of booze, pretty nice but a bit sweet. Taste is dark fruits, anise, coffee notes with chocolate, hints of molasses, toffee, finishing with a hint of roast and some sweet chocolate. Pretty tasty.
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small growler @ Dan’s house, courtesy of doodler. Thanks so much Scott! Black appearance with a brown head. Rich dark chocolate, black licorice, big vanilla, dull coffee aroma. Thick dark chocolate, vanilla, anise, somewhat roasty, light coconut flavor. Pretty good for the age.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of coffee with some earthy dark grains and a decent amount of roast. Flavor has a good amount of roast and coffee with some backing dark grains.
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate, coffee, abv, and vanilla. Chocolate, abv warmth, grainy coffee, with a nice malt bitter. Smooth silky start with a watery finish. A coco like bitter.
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with a creamy, lightly brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, liquorice. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Not bad at all but quite subtle and not very special.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel-aged 2008 vintage. 1L bottle shared at a local tasting.
Pours dark brown to black with minimal head & mild lace. Sharp malts and booze dominate the nose. Roasty malts, whiskey, coffee, and more booze.
Taste follows the nose. Roasted malts and espresso lead the way; toffee in tow. Solid alcoholic warmth, but not too harsh. A great blend overall.
Medium-bodied, low carbonation. This brew would certainly benefit from a bigger body.
jtclockwork (14918) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s gathering. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of espresso, roast black and chocolate malts and whiskey barrel. Dry roasted black coffee and malt finish. Medium body.