Blairgus (2538) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
29 Nov 2012, bottle. black, thick foamy head that fades fast. nose is mocha coffee and moderate alcohol, with bitter chocolate twinge. med body and mildly fizzy. there is a serious woody flavor that comes out in the taste. mocha or sweet black coffee, some tree bark, maybe spruce hops. very nice.
VastActiv (2535) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room, Berkeley. Colour is black with very small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts.
Steve_0 (2526) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black with a big brown head and get lacing. Light pine, grapefruit, cocoa, dark fruits, roasted coffee, grapes, and blue spruce needles in the aroma. Taste is sticky, grapefruit, dark chocolate, deep roast, red grapes, and bread with a light bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Great roasty characteristics with no signs of booze at all, balanced nicely with sweet grapefruit notes and a lingering chocolate finish. Well-done!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods, listed at $2.99 but they only charged me $1.99. STICKING IT TO THE MAN. Woo. Pours dark brown, nearly black with a modest mocha head. Nose is piney hops hiding underneath chocolatey and bitter coffee malts. Taste is both sweet and bitter. Full, warming palate. A bit boozy. I imagine this could taste even better after maybe a year.
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Motor oil black pour with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malt. Tastes are bitter chocolate and coffee with dark fruit and burnt notes. Slick medium palate. Nice and drinkable. Covers alcohol well.
kaser (2488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle at Monks Kaffee in Dubuque Iowa. Black with flat head. Light coffee aroma. The taste is hard to describe - a ton going on in this one. A slight fruity cherry taste wrapped around a malty cocoa oily creamy and coffee monster. A pile of. happiness. The high ABV is well hidden. Really good beer. Best Sierra Nevada I've had
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Was very surprised by how much roasted cocoa flavor I got out of this. The aroma has a slight hop presence but the roasted malts really take center stage here. Very good beer!
mjg74 (2483) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Casa De Oro. Black in color. Strong roasty nose. Might be a hint of alcohol and some hops. Roasty up front with some burnt coffee. Some hop character and some alcohol. A little thinner bodied than expected. Finish leaves a little to be desired as well. Not terribly tasty for the style.
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an attractive almost black color with a big tan head. Aroma is of creamy chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, and a solid dose of some citrusy hops. Taste is complex, with a velvet smooth mouthfeel. Rich chocolate, some really nice earthy roasty notes, coffee, and a solid amount of bitter hops throughout without much of a tell of the above 10 ABV. Really tasty and dangerously drinkable.
callmemickey (2471) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black brown body, moderate-sized tan head, streaky lacing. Nose is chock full of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and oddly, some citirc hops. Flavor is similar, without the citric bitterness. Nice mellow blend of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and roasted malts. Medium to full bodied, gentle carbonation, mild bitterness and roasty dryness in the finish.