jcwattsrugger (10938) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a thin tan head and black color. Aroma is coffee, hops bitterness. Taste is coffee, roasty, hops bitterness. Nice, OK carbonation. More like a porter. Occasional.
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Pours dark brown to black with no head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate malt and yeast (leather). Sweet dark chocolate malt, coffee notes, burnt toast and a leather finish. Dark bodied and thin, dry palate.
Ratman197 (8869) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Rockyard poured a clear dark brown with a small quickly disapating tan head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a hint of smoke with a smooth slightly dry lingering bitter finish.
NielsenRatings (8114) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ home. Dark brown/black appearance with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Sweet chocolate malty, fairly complex malty, slightly bitter nose. Bitter, fairly bodied, chocolate malty flavor. A little thin of body. Bitter, chocolatey finish.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with minimal head, however generous lace. Mild licorice roast aroma. Extreme carbonation. Slightly underaverage mouthfeel, licorice and some roast, and mouldy finish.Received this bottle IP from JMBSH in February. Drinkable though.
Ernest (6017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, fully diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation.
Ultra-simple, syrupy sweet, extract-homebrew-ish. Drain pour.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pitch black with a thin tan head. My first reaction was surprise at the overpowering bitterness, it overtakes anything else there.
Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black and rather opaque; quickly fading head. Thick and soft texture. Roasty and toasty with a milky-sweet base. Notes of dark chocolate and a pinch of sourness. Large amount of hop bitterness, which lingers well into the aftertaste.
DiarmaidBHK (3136) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours really dark brown with no head. Nice chocolate notes on the nose. Theres a slight hint of coffee on the tongue but the longer you drink it the more the taste vanishes. Disappointing finish to a promising beginning.
Headbanger (2863) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft brewery-A pitch black body with no carbaonation Very very small aroma of roasted malt. Taste of malt, coffee, and chocolate. The body was light and the beer was flat.