durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle picked up at the taproom. Pours an inky black with a relatively modest tan head. Nose of chocolate, with notes of both sweet milk chocolate and dark chocolate present. Nutty hints as well as some prune and light toasted coconut. More of the latter on the taste, but really married with the chocolate such that thereís never a distinct coconut flavor. Sweet, but a bit of sharp near-bitterness as well. Big beer.
gendv138 (246) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, consumed on 5/7/13. Bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with a finger of tan head. Aromas of caramel, coconut, dark fruit, chocolate. Tasting notes of coconut, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, lactose. Medium-full body with a semi-dry finish.
Howlader (392) - - JAN 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle split with friends at a tasting in June 2013, Washington DC (first beeradvocate tasting)
BMMillsy (1097) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml Bottle from Dawsonís while visiting Maryland. Bottled 4/2013,so I really should have paid attention to the dating when I bought this. i assume the coconut will be gone. Pours black with a one finger mocha colored head that looks lightly creamy. Sweet lactose and chocolate aroma, a good bit of roast, donít get much coconut. Flavor is sweet lactose, graham cracker, and again not much coconut to speak of except maybe a hint of sweetness that isnít lactose or chocolate. There seems to be a bit of cardboardy oxidation in this as well. Body is medium with medium plus carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I must say I am a little disappointed here but that may not be fair given the bottle date and known disappearance of coconut in these beers.
writerljberg (468) - Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From Keir. Thanks!
A: Pure black with no head. Good legs.
N: Cocoa, lactose, coffee. Coconut is non-existent, and thatís incredibly disappointing.
T: Smoke and slightly sour. Yeah, no. Whereís the malt.
M: Lighter body, not impressive.
O: Meh. Not sure what was going on with this, but after experiencing the heights of Last Snow, this is a failure that perhaps is infected.
Homer321 (891) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Silky mouthfeel. I am missing any evidence of coconut. A great silky smooth flavor like a milk stout. Pretty tasty.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black coloured body with a oily, two centimetre tall brown head and a completely opaque black glow. Aroma of rich roasted malt, alcohol, coconut, pandanus (used to make kaya), taro and hints of spices - perhaps some curry and kaffir lime? Full-bodied; Rich roasty malt at first then gives way immediately to sweetness from the coconut and pandan flavours, a touch of acid comes from limes and all blends well with some spices such as anise and fennel seed. Aftertaste is nice and robust with a great blend of spices, savoury, sweet and milky - very nice and well done, all with some alcohol, but not too much. Overall, I pretty much expected a beer like this, but with the reviews as low as they were, I didnít think Iíd get this - but this is a great beer, itís that simple. The flavour profile is there, the complexity is great and the range in tastes from the initial taste to the last bit on the tongue at the end is amazing. Definitely worth trying if you can find this - even if you have to bring it back a few hundred miles! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Binnyís (South Loop) in Chicago, Illinois on 21-August-2013 for US$15.99 sampled at home in Washington on 08-January-2014 after a chilly night.
Beerman6686 (3773) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This one poured a still medium to dark brown with a beige head. Aroma was of of soy, ketchup, vinegar, and wocestershire sauce. Flavor was similar, definitely sour and or infected. Just not good at all.
artmcd8 (1219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a deep brownish black with a slight brown head. Aroma of vinegar. Taste is tart like it was infected. What a disappointment. No coconut at all.
charule (746) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured black with decent tan head. Not the best aroma of sweet soy. Med carb med bod. Funky sour taste.
pushkinwow (1822) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones 2013 Black Friday event. Black with a mocha creamy head, light bitterness, roasted malt, coffee grinds, alcohol, fresh coconut (mild). Moderate body and mild+ carbonation, some alcohol but smooth.