ozarkspops (289) - - DEC 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark dark brown pour. Rich brown head. West coast hop aroma with a bit of booziness. There is a bit of roast to the aroma or I would think this might be an ipa. A bit of hop bitterness right off the bat. Then the booze hits you (could use a few months more of aging). Finishes with chocolate roastiness. Not bad but a little harsh even at 10%+ abv.
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dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Black SURPRISE! Nice thick tan head.
Aroma: big roasted malt but not in the coffee way more of a bittersweet chocolate. I hardly get any hops at all.
Taste is sweet and sweet and a bakers chocolate and sweet some more.
Palate is nice thick but not overly so. Overall not a great stout. oh well.
thetmaxx (705) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle I received from a distributor. Right away I noticed the nitro. Real creamy head. Aroma is slightly alcoholic. Flavor is bitter, Iím tasting baking chocolate. Otherwise some roastiness comes through. It is pretty thick as well. Itís pretty good.
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown/black color with dark brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and milk chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Full body with soft carbonation. Decent.
keanex (1133) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Bottled October 12, 2012.
Appearance: This pours near pitch black and it shows in the body, no light is visible through the edges at all. The head is dark tan, thin and creamy with decent retention and finishes in a thin ring.
Aroma: The aroma has a mix of molasses and dark chocolate, itís a bit weak and not exactly what I look for in a stout.
Taste: This has a strong, but clean, hop profile right away that mixes with the molasses on the mid-taste where bitter dark chocolate is introduced and runs through to the finish. This leans bitter due to the hops and dark chocolate, and after the beer is long gone thereís a dry roasted coffee lingering on the tongue.
Palate: This is thick and slightly bready, great texture and body with light carbonation.
Overall: This is a good stout, but Iím not in love with it, I think itís the molasses that pushes me away from this. I was expecting something a bit sweeter as well, but thatís my fault. This is priced well though and I have two more to age.
Cellar Review: Bottled October 12, 2012 (9 months old).
Appearance: The pour is about as black as possible and it shows absolutely no light through the edges. I think the body acts as a black hole to capture the head as thereís only a thin tan ring even on a moderately hard pour.
Aroma: The aroma leans sweet with chocolate and lactose with a hint of licorice. Unfortunately the aroma is rather restrained.
Taste: The flavor is strong from the intro, very intense, with dark chocolate and roasted notes quickly becoming prominent with lactose flavors throughout and hints of smoke on the finish with a touch of anise. This drinks very nicely now.
Palate: Thick and syrupy.
Overall: This has aged very nicely, itís a lot more balanced now that the hops have mellowed out and the molasses seems less prominent also. This drinks very nicely after a few months.
Ratings: Ap: 4, Ar: 6, Ta: 7, Pa: 5, Ov: 15.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black. Taste smell soy sauce roasty salty pine caramel bitter bite from hops sweet finish woody. Lots of flavor starts out thick then just kind of dies. Idk it wants so bad to be really good just donít make it there. Itís not bad had better had worse. Good try.
Chudwick (1539) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - pours thick like dirty motor oil and a finger of creamy beige head. Decent lacing. Nose is roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate. Flavor adds coffee. Nice bitterness on the backend, similar to unsweetened dark chocolate. Light sweetness but quickly overwhelmed. Hides the ABV well. Quickly becoming a sipping beer. Though I expected more sweetness, I am glad to have tried this beer.
Sammy (7715) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Caponeís Restaurant. Dark brown with no head. A rich aged beer aroma. A good carbonation and full mouthfeel. Chocolate is important, coffee-like roasting is incredible. Fruity, a little syrup. Very good drinkability, no obviously booziness, other than its slight resemblance to the new Manhattans.
MattH (578) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Inch and a half tan head. Aroma of coca and roasted malt. Taste up front is slightly sweet, with some roasted malt presence, and a slightly bitter finish. Beer is pretty easy to drink for the ABV.
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, with a fairly thick dark tan lace - fair complex nose of bittersweet chocolate, pine, hints of smoke, and even a hint of spicy, pepper like character (I could swear they put some chiles in here) - creamy mouthfeel - medium to full body - fairly sweet up front, with flavors of chocolate and vanilla - bitterness and light char through the middle, some woodiness - finish has some light alcohol and some heat (again, I sense peppers) - hearty without being boozy or too over the top - well done.