DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle from tap & mallet, rochester. Dark pour with a solid tan sheet of suds. Nose of burnt sugar, licorice, & a little chocolate in the somewhat nicely robust nose. Some smokey notes as well. Carbonation is very soft, showing up mainly at the end. Thick too, carrying firm malty sensations, chocolate and smoke, some licorice too, and robust raisin notes and chocolate covered dark fruits. Has held up considerably well over the 3 years...remaining loaded with malty flavors and thick, somewhat chewy body...even still remotely hoppy in the finish to balance it all out. Quite nice.
Prufrockstar (1144) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Homer321. Shared with friends. Dark clear brown pour with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, marshmallow, chocolate, light roast, cherries. Taste: moderately sweet, lovely roast chocolate, lightly bitter finish with moderate warming. Palate: full body, slick texture, soft appropriate carbonation. Nice mouth coating. Overall: this is pretty freaking tasty.
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black Opaque Color, Huge Long Lasting Mocha Head, Lots Of Lacing. Toasted Malt, Chocolate Aroma. Toasted Malt, Sweet Chocolate, Slight Alcohol Zing To Finish Off. Soft Carbonation, Full Body. While There is A Slight Alcohol Zing, It Hides High ABV Pretty Well. Very Sweet. No Wonder It Is Called Big Beer Series. Nice. Savored and Enjoyed It. Recommended...
mstrcrwly (346) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft poured into a tulip glass..dark brown with a fluffy tan head..aroma of roasted nuts,chocolate,dark fruits..dry,malty and roasted flavor..very good.
toxichop (398) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Bottle ABV 9.8. P: This is a very dark beer with a brown head that doesnt last long. S: So much is going on here you get molasses, lacto, dark fruits, raisins, coffee, a hint of soy, malt and a bit of ethanol. T: This is bold, dark roasted malts, coffee which is both bitter and sweet, dark fruits and raisins, with burned wheat toast to finish it off. M: Medium with somewhat high carbonation. O: Why did I put this off for so long, there is so much good stuff going on here without anything ever being overpowering.
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"surprise wish list beer - sweet! this one reminded me a lot of the recent aphotic baltic porter without the oak presence. very dry, roasted malt, lots of chocolate and dark fruit. done quite well."
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown head. Rich roasted malt aroma. Sweet and full bodied, but not too much. Pretty good.
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the pourhouse. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, mocha, coffee, cherry, raisin, slight alcohol. The taste has a ton of dark fruit, chocolate, sweet cherry, a bit of heat of the finish.
Darkmagus82 (1828) - - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-8-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger tan head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of dark fruits of raisin, cherry and prune with a roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Mixed with these stronger smells are notes of toffee and caramel as well as a warming alcohol smell. Quite delicious.
Taste – The taste begins heavy of toasted malt, chocolate, and a caramel sweetness. The caramel takes on more of a toffee like flavor more toward the middle along with some flavors of fig and raisin hitting the tongue. The sweeter flavors fade ever so slightly as some light coffee flavors and a bit of a boozy taste comes to the tongue. More bitter sweet chocolate comes to the tongue at the end along with a light smokiness leaving a nice darker and toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was thick and creamy with a lower to average level of carbonation. The thicker body was fantastic for all the dark roasted flavors of the brew really allowing all the subtle (as well as the not so subtle) darker flavors to linger and be detected by the tongue.
Overall – Quite a delicious brew. Medium sweetness with a thick body and a nice roasted flavor profile. A very nice cool weather sipping brew.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has a slow thick pour which is very dark. In the glass it looks nearly opaque and black in color. On top there is a tall light brown head. The head has good retention and leaves some splotchy lacing on the glass. The aroma has sweet and roasty maltiness. It’s bready and grainy with hints of dark fruit and noticeable alcohol. There is a lot of full bodied sweet dark roasted barley malt wrapped up with some mellow boozy alcohol. There are notes of chocolate, dark dried fruits, golden raisons, burnt sugar and dark/burnt toasted bread. The finish has some leafy hop flavor and mild bitterness creeping in for some balance. Overall it still has plenty of residual sweetness in the end. Its not overpowering or cloying at all but it will slow down the drinkability as it lets you know it’s a big beer. On the tongue it has a slick viscose feel. There is just enough carbonation to ease it over the palate.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours near black, finger thick creamy tan head, thick lacing. Aroma bready, roast malt, dark fruit, toffee, earthy hops. Taste roast malt and toffee up front, alcohol and a slight bitterness mid mouth, big dark fruit and molasses throughout, very complex. Mouthfeel full body, medium carbonation, alcohol warming, balanced finish. Overall excellent, does alot of things right, all flavors blend perfectly, could drink this often.