drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Boris pours a pitch black color with a small tan head. Bubbles shoot up from the bottle to the top of the glass. The smell on this beer is pretty damn nice. I was impressed from the start. It has a lot of the same characteristics of a lot of the RIS out there. Nice cocoa smell up front, small amount of coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. I would of love more of a coffee aroma here but overall nice aroma.
Taste doesnít exactly match the greatness of the aroma but itís still very nice. Roastiness comes through more here with the chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits rounding out the taste. The alcohol in this beer is pretty well hidden for being 10%. None of the ingredients really take each other over. Pretty damn balanced from start to finish.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick, coats the mouth. Carbonation is fairly high here. Thereís a pretty big bitterness.
Homer321 (1810) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brewtopia. Nose is a powdered chocolate and ovaltine with an underlying tar and tabacco. pour is pitch black with a medium brown head that dies and leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top. Taste is a sharp, bitter, almost burnt coffee that warms you up. Smooths out as it warms, but still is sharp and a little hot, like fusels and not just ethanol. leaves a stickiness on your lips but isnít overly sweet, probably due to the high bitterness. overall ok, but I would like to see this mellowed out.
Tmoney99 (10475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy tan head that lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium to heavy toasted dark chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Nimbleprop. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized khaki/tan head. The aroma and flavor have big roasted malts, dark Bakers chocolate, cocoa powder, a nutty character with some char and earthy bitterness to the finish. Lighter bodied than you would expect from 10%.
zaxtreme (9) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque darkness. Beautiful brown head. Nose is pretty boozy. Definite chocolate notes on the taste. Very malty. Roasty and just dark. Lives up to its name.
Spab (2304) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Premier Gourmet. Pours an ultra dark brown with modest-sized brown head. Aroma is full of roasted coffee and chocolate, with some nuttiness and a little dark fruit. Flavour is big roasty cocoa, coffee, hints of cherry and nuts. Body is medium-full. Slick mouthfeel. Nice.
Frank (2784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a fine-bubbled brown head. It tastes like a big porter w/ a good amount of roast and bitter, dark chocolate. This seems to drink way lighter than itís 10% ABV would have you think. This is really good but might disappoint some folks looking for a huge stout.
swoopjones (5676) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, fuller bodied, pitch black pour, chocolate, coffee & roasted malts in both aroma & flavor. Exactly what it should be. big flavors & mouthfeel. nice
drfabulous (3863) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to Greg. Black pour. Tan head. Rich chocolate tones. A bit creamy overall. Cocoa. Nice.
zach8270 (3387) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft @ AJís Beer Warehouse - Rochester, NY) Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Light aroma of malt and chocolate with a touch of coffee. Flavor is much the same. Roasted chocolate malts with some coffee. A bit thin at the end and the flavor fades a bit too quickly.
olr1984 (1048) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours dark black with a tan head. Roasted malts and coffee aroma. Taste is the same.