msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Secret Santa. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee. Flavors of heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some coffee. Finishes dry. Tasty stout
HonkeyBra (3433) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Santa. Vintage: 2009, bottle number 645. Thanks man! Pours pretty close to black with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, Milky Way bar, some roast and coffee. Brownies. Flavor is smooth decadent chocolate. Light caramel, some bitterness apparent in roast and dark chocolate notes. Some coffee peaks out toward the finish. Chalky, thick mouthfeel. Finishes bitter with coffee and roast. Really, really good impy.
cgarvieuk (14714) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home ... from the best named brewer ive ever seen ... dark bron black .... creamy brown head ... soft roast chocolate malts ... light bitter chocolate nose ... nice roast ... quite a lot of chocolate ... soft roast ... little toffee ... silky little chalky mouth feel ... crackin beer just the right balance ... hint of coffee in the linger
thirdeye11 (5598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle 2009 vintage bottle #484 thanks to mar) clear but extremely dark, ruby light showing through, and excellent coating of the glass. Nose of nuts, cola, Fudge, cream, and semisweet chocolate. Taste of very dark bitter chocolate, super roasty, alcohol heat, nuts, and cola. Medium light body, sweet dark chocolate, cream and bitter fudgey finish. The palate finish is pretty awesome. Definitely needs to warm.
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Hadley. Dark black body with slight tan head. Nice nose of stout, malts, dark berries. Sweet and stout taste. Very creamy and smooth. Chocoalte milkshake kicks in at the finish. Nicely done. Perhaps a tad too bitter at the end?
jimhilt (2414) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Low carbonation and heavy bodied. Black color no highlights. Nose is maple syrup. Flavor is burnt chocolate and light maple syrup. Not for the faint hearted. $5.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. 2009 bottle #458.
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle # 539 purchased at River Valley Market in Northampton. Two guys from Peoples’ Pint were there giving out samples, and this was pretty good...good enough for me to buy a bottle. The color is black with a light chocolate head. Earthy, bitter, and licorice-y aroma. Velvety mouthfeel that lends a nice warmth as it flows, leaving a bitter tingly on the tongue that slowly fades to a chalky aftertaste. After a minute the cheeks rose up with radiating warmth.
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade on Beer Advocate. Dude hooked me up with a ton of NE beers, and this was one of them. 2008 vintage, bottle 491. Pours a very dark brown, opaque and not quite black, with a small brown head with unusually big bubbles that leave some film on the beer. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, cream, molasses, licorice, toasted brown sugar, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark fruits. The flavor is roastier and smokier, with notes of roasted malts, coffee, burnt toast, smoked wood, molasses, licorice, and a little dark fruit, namely dates and figs. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, roasty, viscous mouthfeel. Roasty finish and smoky aftertaste. Really nice beer.
alexsdad06 (5586) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Cletus (I believe). Thanks John! Pours an oily black color with a medium fluffy tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits/prunes, black coffee with a hint of wood. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, moderately sweet dark fruits, black coffee, with some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Perhaps some tar notes as it warms. This was fairly complex and a pleasant surprise during our weekly tasting.
Rating #44 for this beer.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks riversideAK! Rich smoky boozy nose, still soft dark brown. Cherry stands out among the charcoal, warming in the chest, long chewy finish.