williamherbert (1328) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose of sour raisins, cocoa, red wine tannins, dirt, cola. Very boozy aroma.
Pours a cloudy brick red-brown color.
Taste is pungent raisins, dusty mocha, grape skins, potting soil. Again, supremely boozy.
Feels dry and earthy. This is a superior beer, period.
coachd (141) - Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma reveals everything from the description - cocoa nibs, vanilla, cinnamon, and coffee all in equal parts. I am also smelling rye and some hard to define spice. Great looking beer, dark brown with tan head. Not much lacing, but I don’t really care about lacing. The taste is similar to the aroma; more rye than in the scent, definitely picking up on the cinnamon and vanilla, but somehow it doesn’t come off sweet. The coffee balances it out nicely. Great use of coffee without letting it overpower the whole taste. I have never tasted a beer like this. Points for originality. Palate is smooth and slick, but I would have preferred thicker. I can’t define what style of beer this is; "American Strong Ale" seems to get all the beers that are in between categories. Perhaps RB should open up a style simply called "other". Highly recommend this one. If you like unique, this one’s for you.
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured body with a very nice three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of strong spices, nutmeg, anise, cardamom, canella and tons of roasted malts, alcohol and a touch of dry oak. Medium-bodied; Very assertive spice flavours dominate the taste with canella and cardamom coming out the strongest, but finishing a little bit spicey. Aftertaste has much more roasted malt, touches of alcohol and quite a bit of bitterness at the finish that doesn’t go great. Overall, a decent beer - made with quality and is full of flavour, but the spices are a bit too much and the depth is not effective enough. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 24-October-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on 20-April-2014 a few minutes after returning from a land with no spices in beer (Germany).
airrick2003 (539) - Louisiana, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: this beer is a very dark maroon color, practically black in all but the brightest light, pours with a very large tan head, nice head retention Aroma: coffee, vanilla, dark roasted malt, Taste: vanilla coffee, sweet, has a bit of bitterness on the finish, milky, perhaps some cinnamon or spice like chili Palate: lively carbonation for a stout, slight coffee aftertaste, has some froth and a moderate mouthfeel Overall: not a bad beer, I like the hints of vanilla in it, could use more complexity if anything ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a nice beer. Nothing exceptional but enjoyable. Aroma was the best thing about it. Chocolate and vanilla are the main smells. Pour was a nice milk chocolate brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was OK. A little thin, but that also hides the alcohol dangerously well. Chocolate covered coffee bean with notes of sweet vanilla. The finish was all coffee and as it warmed more flavors came out. I changed taste from a 6 to a 7 for this reason. Mild carbonation. Nice beer
Crash_the_dog (162) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hands down, one of the single most disgusting beers I've ever tasted. The nose was way over the top, a crazed mishmash of flavors, and the taste was worse. It was also sticky. Very, very sticky.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
daknole (9439) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark reddish brown pour. Tan head. Kind of tastes like an imperial brine that’s been treated like a hunahpus. I didn’t love it.
jbrana (483) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong flavors of cocoa, vanilla, and some light coffee and cinnamon. Has a really rich mouthfeel, and maybe a bit too sweet.
jjgmd (1509) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, with Zach, of course. Pours a deep dark reddish brown color with a very small head. Nose is strikingly cocoa, mocha, vanilla bean and some background allspice. Taste is sweet chocolate espresso, mocha and cinnamon. Full of flavor with a nice complexity and mix of ingredients. Finishes on sweet chocolate notes. Delicious. Kudos to the brewers, and to the end of myeloma and breast cancer ! Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1460) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a red brown with a tan head and aroma of spices, cinnamon, and chocolate. Taste is of cinnamon and spices up front with cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt into the sweet, roasted finish. Delicious brew