AirForceHops (1850) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by Adam Jackson. Vintage 2009. 47 of 450 bottled. Nice looking in the snifter. Beige head, deep brown / borderline black in color. Head died real fast, barely showing retention. The biggest aroma is black licorice, along with burnt malt and a touch of powdered chocolate. Mouthfeel is real flat.
To me the licorice seems to dominate, with notes of chocolate, raisins and mild coffee bitterness.
No ABV showing. Really well made but for sure need a fresher vintage to compare.
SHIG (3045) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
’10 bottle 284 of 500 thanks to ygtbsm94: Poured a deep thick sludge black brown with a brown head. Aroma is thick coffee and molasses, light roasted. Taste is thick roasted malt, hints of smoke, dark chocolate, and mellow coffee bean.
hayduke (2933) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a shared bottle tasting at the Hampton Inn on the evening before Dark Lord Day. It pour’s rich black with a tight tan head. The nose is roasted malts with chocolate. Bold body. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is rich chocolate with ripe fruit. Bitter chocolate finish. Really good stuff. .
jackl (2582) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012. #64/650. Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Cheers to Leighton for bringing this along. The pour’s deep brown with a tight tan head. Pretty gorgeous looking in the glass. The nose is earthy spice. Plenty of cinnamon, cocoa, pecan pie. Rich chocolate icing. Hints of tangy chocolate-dipped red berries. The taste is pretty luscious. Nice earthy charred malts. Bitter cocoa. Toasted shredded coconut. Accents of caramel and rasberry in the finish. Nice bitterness. Smooth, full flavors. Overall, great.
Scopey (3243) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Stout 3 & Freestyle Tasting, thanks to Leighton. It pours black with a medium dark tan head. The nose is dark fruit, jammy, berry, roasted malt, chocolate, earth and a touch of liquorice. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, earth, rich chocolate gateaux, scorched earth, toast, charcoal, burnt caramel, liquorice and warming alcohol with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour, well balanced and thankfully not too sweet,
Leighton (6939) - London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the Stouts Pt. III & Others Tasting - London. Thanks to Jay for the trade. Bottle 64 of 650. Pours oily black with a big, deep brown head. Aroma holds lots of dry baking cocoa, some roast, dark fruits, burnt marshmallows. Medium to big sweet flavor but not at all cloying, lots of bitter baking cocoa and charred earth, burnt toast, strong roasted malt character, some burnt brown sugar. Full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, more bitter earth and baking cocoa, light peat, charred wood. Great stuff, loads of depth, good balance.
ThirstyBird (417) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 353/500 2010 Vintage. Pours opaque black with a full, rich brown head. The smell is big and roast, brown sugar, molasses and licorice. The taste is deep rich malt, licorice, chocolate with a dry and roasty finish - this beer has help up very well! The body is full and creamy smooth, nicely carbonated.
77ships (2156) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THX! to Thirstybird / Rian for this one. Who apparently obtained this one in brutal conditions. Waiting in line for hours at minus 20. Now that the previous brewer is gone apparently this will never exists in the same way again.75 cl. bottle tried. 2010 Vintage. 353/500 (hand numbered – yay, my first hand numbered beer). Pours black, not too much mocha head which quickly goes to the sides and remains there in a circle. Nose is big on liquorice but in an enjoyable fashion, light roasted malts, very slick chocolate, thick malts, lightly warming,… Liquorice is taken a step back in the taste, sweet, very velvety, more towards the bitter and roasted side but in moderation with some liquorice sweetness, chocolate, roasted malts, light herbs,… Very silky, very, very smooth, almost inkling oak. Very different that is for sure, more EU in style than USA almost – thx & cheers.
RichTheVillan (836) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from international trade; dark brown pour almost black, beige head,
coffee aroma, roast malt taste vanilla liquorice dried fruits, quality impy.
crossovert (4558) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle was not infected, slightly oxidized. Some cardboard, mintiness, this just isn’t my thing.
MIBRomeo (2346) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle thanks Jason
Big black pour thick oatmeal looking brown head. Hoppy stout aroma a bit acidic hot alcohols smells like it could use some age some light bitter coffee and cocoa. Full well coated palate lightly creamy. Lactose lots of bitter cocoa powder a full hopping some light sweet ffinishing notes. A bit of hot alcohols in the finish. I’d like to try this again in a couple years.