sm89walt (1782) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chriso’s pre-GBBF Shindig 2012. Poured a deep, opaque brown/black with a thin tan head. Big, fruity raisin & prune character with some booze, sweet choccy malts and a delicate dry roasted malt backbone. Medium body, a smooth mouthfeel beneath medium carbonation and a decent finish. A good stout with good bittersweet balance.
after4ever (6393) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Pours jet black with no head, lace, or legs. Big roasty, ashy nose, along with some bittersweet baking chocolate. Creamy medium body with flabby carb. Roasty, ashy, chocolatey mid palate that tastes good enough to make up for the flaws. Not a great beer but maybe a repeater in a pinch.
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pre GBBF shindig 2012. Stout aroma. Its a very decent choc flavour and very tasty drinkable and i liked it
cgarvieuk (15581) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at chrisO.... deep black... thin tan head ... deep dark roast ... that malt I don’t like ... sweet malts ... toffee malts .. not right for me
Koelschtrinker (11510) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Süßer, fast etwas künstlicher Beginn von Schokoladenmalznoten. Dabei dumpf herbe Noten, süß bleibend, zunehmend bitterer, was aber im Hintergrund bleibt. Davor finden sich die konstanten Röstnoten, die nussigen und auch leicht bananigen Noten. Intensiv, sehr nussig werdend, gut! 10/13/12/10/10/11
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Three Cellars. Pours near black with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and bit of nuttyness. Flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and light hop note. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Solid all around stout.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color, aroma of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, coffee, flavors of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, cream, coffee, slightly dry finish, med to full body, creamy texture, easy to drink, good brew
stevoj (2486) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious and smooth. First sip is reminiscent of a cup of coffee, and almost tastes as such. Roasty bitterness, but smooth with a hint of sweetness. Tasty, tasty, tasty,,,,,
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2013 Had this at the All Pints North festival in Duluth, MN. Very faint chocolate scent and taste.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma that smells slightly burnt. I was expecting it to be sweeter smelling but its almost acrid. Lots of dark chocolate along with some roasted coffee. Some lactic cream and sweeter chcolate but the robust roastiness overpowers things.
Tastes very similar to the aroma. Thinner than expected with lots of overly roasted burnt malt flavor. Overpowering dark chocolate along with burnt coffee and smoke with hardly any sweetness for balance. Very faint lactic cream presence with a touch of lighter, sweeter chcolate but again the overly roasted dark chocolate notes overpower everything. Lingering dry acrid finish. Pretty disappointing coming from a brewery that usually nails dessert beers.