KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark cola brown with an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin puddled film and medium collar with excellent sticky sheets of lacing,
The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts and a bold leathery yeast with notes of bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark fruit (prunes and plums) and a hint of smoke.
The taste was very roasty and a bit malty with a slight dark fruit sweetness and a note of bitter chocolate from the start, becoming a tad bitterer with a big coffee presence and a touch of smoke right at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time preceding the swallow, with a bold creamy, bitter, smoky taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a few steps past medium in body with a thin creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.
Overall this is a very enjoyable brew with a good fruity and chocolaty feel along with a bold bitter roastiness, now add a wisp of smoke and you have a very good tasting and easy to drink brew...
BlackHaddock (6067) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amazing how I can not get this in Shropshire, but found it in California while on holiday. 500ml bottle opened on 4th June 2016. Not really a sunny day brew, but I wanted to have it anyway! As the name suggests, it’s black (like a lump of coal), the head a beige blanket of foam. Sweeter than I expected, and not as rich in body depth either, but still a decent beer with slightly over roasted maltiness coming through in both the nose and taste. Glad I bought it.
wchesser (1860) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thin watery brown. Looks like a brown ale. Not what I expected at all based on the name and the style. Nose is heavy belgian yeast esters. Taste follows. This presents as a belgian dubbel and not a great one. Very dissapointing.
nybol (1363) - DENMARK - MAR 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
En rigtig juleøl efter min mening, uden alt for meget tilsætning (gran/julekugler/klegner etc.), men en humlet, krydret, stærk øl.
Passer ikke rigtig til julebordet, men som en stille øl efter juleand,og svigermor er taget hjem.
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - MAR 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma of chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a hint of licorice; taste is slightly sweet with chocolate, vanilla, nuts, and a hint of roasted malt; finish is semi dry with a hint of bitterness; okay
SanfordBrewer (1464) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2016
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
opaque black with a beige head. Medium body with high carbonation.
aroma: dark malt, polish remover (acetone), woodsy hops, faint fruit.
taste: acrid roasted malt, sharp rubbery phenols, astringent grain.
dnstone (2516) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown color with a soft, tan-ish colored head. Light off banana notes over roasty porter-like flavor. Bready aroma.
Beaver (1620) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2016
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500 ml bottle. Pours ruby brown with a medium frothy light tan head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet roasted oaty chocolate and caramel.
The flavor is sweet sugary dark fruits, roasted grainy chocolate malts with some black licorice and ashy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.
Overall, it’s overly sweet, grainy and ashy.
BiiruBierBeer (932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malt and cereal smell and taste along with some mineral. Doesn’t even remotely taste like a stout. Light body, medium carbonation, and slight foam.
Block (2165) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour, thin head. Aroma is light of caramel and roasted malts. Flavor is also light, medium body. Mostly dark malts, some roastedness. A little alcohol at the finish, burnt.
ElCapitan22 (327) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red/brown in color. Smells like cocoa and burnt toast. Has a flavor of cocoa, and some raisin and cherry. This has a nice creamy head and avg lacing. Pretty good beer, is really like a hybrid of a stout and an ipa.