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...
trapped (2329) - New York, TURKEY - OCT 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with slight reddish tint against the light, very small frothy beige head, sweetish liquor aroma, low carbonation, sweetish mocha taste with alcohol undertones, thin body, long mocha finish with alcohol aftertaste. A bit too thin and too much alcohol taste left in mouth.
Cokemonkey11 (537) - - OCT 5, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown bottle, American size. Pours black with ruby hue and thin tan head subsiding quick. No bubbles. Scent is medium caramel. Taste is medium light caramel and quite bitter early hops without much flavor or seasoning. Finish is a bit sticky a bit dry. Good.
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like the way this beer looks. Shiny clear deep deep deep brown with a nice 1/2" head that leaves only a little lacing.
smell is chocolate and low burnt grains balanced nicely by thick malts. maybe some hoppiness, but I could be mistaking it for the rest of the aroma.
Taste is nice. dark roast coffee and roasted barley... some vanilla and chocolate rounded out very nicely with just enough malt sweetness and lite hops. Maybe a little watery, but that could be the alcohol slickness. Am I detecting a "house" yeast flavor
BlackHaddock (6394) - 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 (1920) - 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 (1460) - 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 (1277) - Minnesota, USA - 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 (1505) - 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 (2708) - 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 (1671) - 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.