Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Fair head retention and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, anise, tobacco. Taste is intense roasted malts, bitter coffee, tobacco and green apple. Full bodied. Some alcohol is noticeable.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Newport Beach Brewing Winterfest, this black pour has a lot of roasted nuts and coffee in the nose & flavor, a creamy palate where chocolate notes show up and a nice finish.
Slipstream (2348) - USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, light tan head. Mild aroma of fruit and coffee. Light fizz in the mostly smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is rich and pretty sweet. There is coffee, esters, and touches of chocolate and spice. Nice aftertaste. This is actually a little better cold than at room temperature. I wonder if that was intentional. This is a potent, tasty brew that proves Jim Koch and company can microbrew with the best.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Robert @ Stateline. Poured black with tan head. Aroma was coffee, and hops. Taste was similar with roasted malt, hops, chocolate, and a nice sweetness to it. Finished smooth and easy to drink. Hides the alcohol well nad overall a decent brew.
Nephilium (1616) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong roasted aroma, hints of coffee and spice. Pours an opaque black, with a thick tan head. Slightly sweet flavor, with strong roasted chocolate hints, has a touch of spiciness on the finish. Moderate finish, with a bit of coffee in it. Not a bad beer, and a decent introduction to the style.
thornecb (5278) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Alcohol, chocolate and anise aromas. Sweet and sour chocolate with a lasting hop and dry, burning alcohol.
gpekar (485) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an opaque black with a tall creamy brown head. Looked excellent in the glass. There was a slightly sweet dark chocolate aroma. The flavor was strong with mostly dark chocolate and espresso. Thee was a mild alcohol taste that came through as well. The finish was on the dry side with a mild bitterness on the palate
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo’s Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters. Thin black with a ring of off white head. Soy sauce, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is big roast, lots of soy sauce and some chocolate sweetness.
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is a solid black with a very nice tight dark tan head. Aroma is a sweet roasted scent. Taste is toasted and dry. Starting with a full body it goes down smooth with a sweet feel. Finish comes in sweet with a deep roasted coffee taste. After taste is dry with an earthy taste and some alcohol. Its better then I was expecting for Sam Adams, but as you drink it the sweetness gets to be a bit much.
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a small dark brown head. No lacing. Aroma is Molasses, Cocoa, and a smokey matiness. Taste is Burnt chocolate, vanilla, fruit and a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Sits well on tongue good aftertaste. Nice stout from Sam Ad.