blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold foil bottle, still black pour, aroma has really nice roast malt and chocolate , flavor is Hershey syrup, espresso, earthy toasted malt, no bite whatsoever, deceptive beer
asheft (2438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet roasted barley bubblegum aroma with red fruit and faint chocolate notes. Opaque black under a thin, lacy, tan sheet. Sweet roasted barley mocha and vanilla flavour with a moderate, dark chocolate, balanced toward sweet. Medium body, medium to moderate carbonation, bitter chocolate lingers.
radarsock (784) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Phatdog1 supplied. Many thanks! To undersized snifter, it pours a blond-tinted dark brown with which a bubbly off-white head stood. Experienced molasses, American hops, blackberry purée,charcoal. semi-sweet chocolate, and soot. Warming and intense.
AdamJackson (2014) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours pitch black. Oily very minimal head.
S - Huge Oak presence, loads of vanilla some toffee
T - Very ashy, insanely burnt and crisp with lots of toffee and caramel
M - Very oily. sweet finish. Incredibly rich and smooth
O - I could drink this often.
RobertDale (2859) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle shared. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and wood. Very good.
Sikash (229) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz. bottle and pours a nice dark color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is nice with a heavy roasted malt note. I also get some nice coffee and chocolate. Flavor is a nice bitterness with a heavy roasted malt. A heavy coffee flavor with very minimal chocolate. Mouthfeel is fizzy and carbonation is average. overall this is a solid beer.
josephwilson86 (1) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this RIS. Not completely over the top, something I could drink a lot of because it’s almost ’balanced’ for a RIS. All the typical RIS flavors etc... but also a little bit of hops, maybe fuggel or smething else English.
EdInSaltLake (510) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Sweet, coffee roast, licorice, molasses. Subtle Dark fruit.
Flavor: Sweet/brown sugar/burnt sugar. Licorice. A little roast, and a little raisin. Subtle allspice-like spicy flavor. Sweeter finish. Bitter aftertaste.
Warming alcohol. Substantial mouthfeel--but not really heavy for the style.
Gerbeer (1425) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours black with moderate tan head. Lactic aromas with chocolate and heavily roast malts/ barley Flavors of licorice, oats, black coffee and roasted malts. A little acidic but excellent nonetheless.
tdoyledesign (143) - Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Public House Las Vegas. Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aroma is very strong malt. Almost smells barell aged. Tastes the same. Tons of roasted malts and what tastes like bourbon. But it’s not. This beer is intense! Palate dances from malts to sugar toa slight coffee/hop finish that lingers.
BeerandBlues2 (9005) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, booze, prunes and figs, licorice and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant, light hops and medium bitterness, dark fruits, alcohol and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.