Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice dark color with a light tan head that lasts a decent while. Aroma is of banana, dark fruit, chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is of moderate sweetness and good complexity. It seems to be a very complex taste of banana, dark fruit, chocolate, ester, spice and a background of bitterness. The bitterness tends to linger on the backend. The mouthfeel overall is moderate with decent carbonation. I would drink this again but not sure if I would buy the bottle. I like Alagash Black better
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is black cherries, dark fruit, chocolate, molasses and soy sauce. Taste is big cherry notes, dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel, molasses, and chocolate. Body is medium-full with a strong bubbly carbonation and a moderate stickiness. Ends with more sweet malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, black cherries, candied fruit, soy sauce and chocolate. More a foreign stout than an imperial stout.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a brown nice head. Smells tastes of dark fruits caramel spices not a whole lot of oak Judy enough sweet spice. Good blend of beer. I like it a lot
ksosh (6) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was pretty intense, with a deep chocolately/roasty smell, with hints of banana and possibly cherries. Appearance was as expected from a stout - dark opaque brownish black, with minimal head. Taste is interesting... not sure Iím a huge fan. A light sweetness at first, followed by a combination of medium bitter taste and a light sour taste, with the sour finishing out the aftertaste. Palate has a full body that actually feels somewhat lighter due to a little carbonation on the tongue. Has a thick, creamy texture, almost oily? Finish is pretty long, especially in the back of the throat. Overall a pretty good beer, although definitely not my favorite. Without the sourness and with a little more sweetness, it would probably bump up the taste quite a bit (in my opinion).
daknole (10202) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, chocolate brown head. Roast, cocoa, prunes, raisin aroma. Flavor is sweet up front, asphalt, charred wood, chocolate.
TheJester (2126) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful 750 mL bottle. (Even if the beers arenít always top notch, you can always count on the Boston Beer Company for a beautiful bottle. Frankly, Iíd rather they go with a plain bottle and drop the price.) This one is different - kinda like a Belgian Brown mixed with a sweet stout. The oak is present, but not overdone, which is nice. Body is thinner than it perhaps should be. Really interesting, though.
bhensonb (12297) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from BevMo in Folsom, CA. Pours very dark brown with a foamy/fizzy light tan head. Aromas of yeast/spice, cacao, and wood. Med body or better. Flavor has yeast/spice, dark fruit, dark chocolate, espresso. Itís very "fresh". Finishes with coffee bitterness. And with oaky astringency. Donít think thereís any booze associated with the oak. Seem purely oak. Which is ok. A mild and flavorful beer which provides no hint of a 9% ABV. Likely to be deadly drinkable.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep, rich black with a nice head. Nose is plastic chocolate, movie set berries, and dollar store coffee. Flavor is retarded berries soaked in a dollar store coffee/chocolate sauce. Average mouthfeel. Thank goodness it was only $8.
mikesaum (630) - Newark, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew is slightly confusing, pours dark brown, pretty much back with a khaki head that doesnít hang around long. Aroma is not what I expected at all, it has a decent amount of tart dark cherry aroma, a bit of vaniila, not much chocolate or coffee at all, this smells like a sour honestly. Taste is not as sour as the aroma suggests but it has a small tart bite to it, taste of chocolate covered raisins, dark cherries, oaky vanilla tones. Glad to see sam adams finally making some good actual craft brews.
Mat42m (160) - orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting aroma that smells like grapes. Hints if chocolate flavor. Almost a spicy finish. Very complex and very good.