daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured at the Gulfstream beer fest in Miami. Dark, dark brown pour with a small brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey and roasted malt. I smell some coffee as well. Flavor is ok, but there is something weird in it...reminds me of imitation vanilla extract or something. Chocolate flavor would be nice and the roasted malts are integrated well, but the odd vanilla flavor messes this up a bit.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very deep dark black beer with a thick sticky brown head. Nice looking brew really. Aroma is sort of sweet with a strong note of industrial pale malt. I really think that Sam Adams has one of the most distinct house characters of any brewery out there, but unfortunately that character sucks. Peppery booziness and a bit of berryish fruitiness. Black licorice, anise, and cocoa/coffee nose. Flavour is sweet and sticky but it isn’t all that good. Meh, I can’t really say I’m a fan.
NielsenRatings (8099) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a fairly small tan head. Very sweet chocolate malty nose with a hint of anise. Incredibly sweet dark malty flavor with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Too sweet in my opinion.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good RIS because of its mouthfeel, and it stops short of being astringent in bitterness. Good drinkability and satisfying.
Drake (7846) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. Pours thick with a dark brown head and a black body. When swirled it leaves a film on the glass. Aroma of fruits, tootsie roll, fusel alcohol, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, alcohol fruity pebbles and coffee. Mouthfeel is syrupy with alcohol on the palate and light carbonation. This beer needs some time to condition. Nice work Boston Beer!
3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Nose: fudge, cake, soy sauce, acetone. Texture: chalky, mildly abrasive, turning soft/pillowy across the back. Body: medium to light. Flavor: dark chocolate, roast, soy sauce, burnt fudge brownies. Middle of the sweet/dry spectrum. Lacks depth, lacks distinction, flavors fade quickly, dissolves into a flavorless syrup in the finish. Passable.
JorisPPattyn (7681) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small cream to brown-beige head over dark brown, nearly black beer. Solvent, banana, and some dark malts. Aroma’s of Bourbon coffee, alcoholic and burnt, touch lactic. Sweet, dried apricots, again solvent, and a little roastiness, hinting at classic stout-acidity. Milk and black chocolate; vanilla retronasal. Medium to full-bodied, slick, alcoholwarming. Quite sweet, but also nicely warming I.S.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours onyx with 1-finger brown head that dissipates quickly. Nose is dark malt, dark choc, cacao, molasses, anise, hops. Tastes rich, smooth, malty and chocolatey, with a complex papate that gives cacao, backup hops, molasses, and prune flavors. This is a very goos beer. Not a world beater, but a nice style.
gnoff (7330) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 First rating
12 fl oz bottle at Rotary, Göteborg. On April 8, 2011.
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, cocoa, alcohol scent. Salty, alcohol, sweet taste. Chocolate aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget in Ludvika, sampled on September 10, 2013.
From a mix 4-pack.
Very dark reddish brown to black color, dark brown head. Lace on the glass. Sweet, liqourice, salty, roasted taste. Roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Sweet, alcohol, roasted scent.