KajII (780) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a very dark murky brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing,
The aroma was nice and robust of a dark roasted cereal malt and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, a hint of oats and a touch of alcohol.
The taste was silky sweet and had a nice chocolate note in the beginning and finished with a slightly bitter tinge that had a strong note of coffee and chocolate with a touch molasses at the end. The flavor was left to linger a nice long time after the swallow allowing for the choců-coffee flavor to settle nicely on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full in body, a tad oily and a little dry yet very creamy in texture with a nice lively carbonation.
Overall an exquisitely smooth, tasty, robustly satisfying brew that had all of the flavors blending together so perfectly that the high alcohol content was hidden completely.
dlbeer (733) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at brewfest. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Taste follows. A little thinner than expected.
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Shaker at 41į. Color is black with light carbonation and a thin tight tan head. Aroma is rich and sweet with a hint of smoke. It has a bolder medium body with a sharp slightly rich mouth feel. Flavor jumps in sweet with toffee, coffee and just a hint of dark fruit then a very light bitterness shows with mild smoke. In the after taste the fruit seems to stand out a little more with the smoke lingering. Overall I didnít get any chocolate out of this, but the smoke is nicely done, its well balanced and the alcohol can not be detected.
Headbanger (3249) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle 10/2/13 (Binnyís Naperville)-40į in English Pint-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, and bacon. Taste of sweetness, smoke, and burnt malts. This medium bodied brew should almost be categorized as a smoke beer. You donít get much sweetness.
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
30th January 2012
Opaque black beer, tidy tan head. Slightly soft palate, semi dry. Smooth dry powdery chocolate. slightly dark chocolate character. Lactose that is a little sour. Good fruit underneath - fig and raisin. Semi dry finish. Lots of flavour here but itís somehow disjointed.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím a sucker for smoke and roasted malt flavors, so this was right up my alley. Didnít notice that alcohol. Poured a decent dark brown with a tan head. Some light chocolate notes in the nose and taste. Long finish, rather played on the tongue. A bit of coffee, bitter smell as well. Nice.
Mora2000 (5569) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma has some chocolate notes, but there is also an off-putting quality that resembles trash. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and some very burnt malt notes which are so strong they make the beer tough to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012 Nice chocolate roast and smokey flavor notes. Amazing roasted/smoked meat flavors intense on the tongue, top beer for sure.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11.
Deep brown with a small amount of head. There is one word that sums up this beer - burnt! Tasted and smelled like when you leave something in the over for way too long. Grains and chocolate.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep brown with hints of red underneath a beige head. Aroma shows dark chocolate, oatmeal, vanilla, light coffee, and more roast than the original. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of
smoke and a hint of blackstrap. Overall body was a little thinner than I was expecting, somewhat sweet, and finishes with a touch of warming alc.