mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[7035-20150130] 750mL bottle. Motor oil and roasted malt aroma black body with a quick foamy brown head. Heavy oily roasted malt grain flavour. Full rich body. Delicious. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
Overheard: "Can you put that in an aroma therapy candle and just burn it all night?" "Only if you’re not hungry."
(w/ blankboy, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Ferris (7070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Graham cracker and rich dark chocolate. Deep jet brown with a dark brown head. Dark chocolate, roast, molasses and some bitter sweet notes. Long nice finish. Pretty good.
kbudd19 (849) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pat, tasted side by side with the bourbon version. Apperance is black and viscous with an inch of dark mocha head, looks more carbonated then the bourbon. Aroma is milk chocolate, coffee, oats, and ainse. Taste is coffee roast, ainse, and bitter dark chocolate. Full bodied with nice carbonation. Pretty solid, quite a bit better than the bourbon.
HippyHop (410) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is jet black with a dark brown cap that sticks around for a bit, but within fifteen minutes this stuff looks remarkably lifeless. That being said, it smells absolutely divine. Lots of rich cocoa, coffee, molasses and dark caramel, roasted grain, a touch of wood and bready yeast - I want to go to there. Taste-wise it’s not quite as knee-bending, but it’s still damn tasty. Medium-to-full-bodied, nice velvety texture, and lots of lingering bitter cocoa and espresso on the finish. Alcohol is STUPIDLY well-masked. This stuff is crazy smooth and drinkable for 11.75%. Up next the bourbon barrel-aged version (which, surprisingly, has a lower rating here).
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 30, 2015 - tasting session with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs and mabel. 750ml bottle. Pours like motor oil - black/red, thick, opaque, with a thick foamy dark brown head - damn, give that puppy a 5/5. Classic impy aroma - strong alcohol, deep nutty roast with cream, mint and coffee, lovely, no harshness (9-). Taste is drier, roastier, less appealing - has a hint of sourness and it’s disappointingly thin. Average-to-light body, slick, under-carbonated with a burnt chalk/chocolate/coffee finish - not as amazing as the aroma, but solid.
blankboy (6462) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (750ml) shared with GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o j&m] Pours black with an average size long-lasting frothy brown head. Nice aroma with lots of coffee, roasted malt, hops and chocolate. Flavour follows the aroma and does it intensely -- I really like it but it would be hard to drink this whole bottle alone. Medium bodied. Like I said, intense but really good.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015-01-30. Thick black body is headless after a vigorous pour. 3+ Aroma is intense with lots of dry malt and coffee like roast over sweet dark malt. 6+
Flavour is similar, dry bitter roast oddly fruity, rich malt core, lingering bitterness in the finish. 7+ Rich full bodied palate, light carbonation. Pretty intense, not always in a good way. Interesting but not really to my tastes as I find the roast character not to my own liking. Others will likely enjoy it more than me. Bottle via trade with Boutip.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Isle de Garde. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Wood and vanilla over big chocolate and cocoa. Tart acid and chewy brownies, roast and a bit of funk. Cocoa, chocolate, tartness, roast, cherries. Interesting stuff.
probstblueribbon (3254) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a deep mocha head.
Aroma: Deep, dark black strap molasses, dark chocolate and a little black coffee, so thick, rich and inky, grape jelly and other dark fruitiness, huge.
Palate: Medium-full body, creamy carbonation.
Flav.: Huge amounts of very dark malt, so much molasses, dark chocolate and black coffee, peppery and dank, really big; somewhat sweet with big bitterness and a very long, dark, inky and somewhat powdery finish of dark chocolate, coffee and black strap molasses.
rederic (3203) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at L’Ile de Garde, aged with brett yeast, deep black color, with a ring of tan-chestnut head, with a nutty hezelnut, mocha, fruity winey, tannin oaky nose, with some black coffee, plum, blackcurrant, blackberry, faint burnt fruitcake, burnt toast, subtle french toast accents and a toffee, with a roasted, chocolate, toasted malty, burnt chocolate pie crust, burnt dark dried fruit, dark bitter chocolate note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet winey, fruity, oak tannin, burnt toast, grainy black, chocolate, toasted malty, black coffee, burnt fruitcake, blackcurrant, blackberry, dark bitter chocolate character, with a subtle funky yeast, molasses, chocolate liqueur, mocha, toffee flavour, leading towards a fruity, yeasty, winey tannin, burnt oak barrel woodiness, burnt toast, burnt fruitcake, lingering sweet roasted, chocolate, black, toasted maltiness finish.