MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ schnapps snifter ][ 03.05.15 ]
black with tan head, dense down to ring. Rich, dense dessert nose, fudgey dark chocolate alongside plum sweetness. Front palate has light booze and dark chocolate, expedition-esque roast and chocolate married bitterly mid-palate, full bodied and creamy accenting the roast, light anise esters adding depth. Very well rounded and balanced, very similar to expedition without the richness or depth.
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the March DC Tasting. Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, chocolate. Flavor was semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, light burnt notes, vanilla woody notes. Light Belgian funk notes. Pretty good.
GenDV138 (6090) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the DC March Tasting. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, roast, light toast. Medium body with a dry finish.
solidfunk (7695) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some roast and some licorice. Black pour with great head and lacing. Caramel. Bittersweet finish. Bottle.
Travlr (21633) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark clear maroon brown color, fluffy beige head. Nice aroma of brownies with burnt edges, licorice. Taste is spiced anise, dark chocolate. Very tasty.
dfinney23 (2928) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a finger of mocha head. Caramel and chocolate aroma. Taste is more of the same with more cocoa plus a bit of smoke. Dry, slightly chalky finish.
lukemcg (8) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Somewhat dry, with nice carbonation, dark black appearance and coffee notes.
cards04 (2686) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with whisky mocha head. Aromas of toasted malts, anise, and molasses. Definitely some smoky flavors going on with this one. A touch of sour and sweet too. Nice mouth feel. Solid stout.
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 Bottle undated. Dark brown near black with a lasting brown head. Dark chocolate and inky char in the nose, yeast gives it a faint milk powder chalkiness but it’s otherwise clean smelling. Pleasant aroma hops show up more with warmth, giving the nose a nice herb / pepper character. Medium body, moderately sweet approach, effervescence and acid cutting the sugar well. Frothy and rich carbonation, dark chocolate expression from the malt is surprisingly good; lasting cocoa bitterness in a savory, dry, salty finish worthy of gulps. Rock solid mouthfeel and flavor balance, if only the nose were more expressive.
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black body beneath a creamy, tight, two inch, frothy crowned head falling slowly to a solid sheet, thick ring, and thick arcing peninsulas of lace with leopard accents
Well attenuated and balanced aromas and flavors full of black coffee, restrained tingling citrus-pine hops and belgian esters, dark berry nuances with layers of lean caramel and smoke flowing through on a smooth, drying medium body offering residuals of smokey dark chocolate with vanilla, citrus rind, and grass, a light tact builds as the first serving finishes out
Solid complexity with just enough richness to offer depth and balance the dry, bitter qualities, keeping this one drinkable and interesting, well done
22oz bottle 2014 served at 55° into 13.25 oz Luigi Bormioli brandy snifter