elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque dark brown, accompanied by a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is extremely prominent--the smell of alcohol is predominant, mingled with orange and chocolate. There is also some tannin present, a faint aroma of wine and grape. The taste is dense and complex, but opens up as you work through the beer and as it warms up. Alcohol dominates, but chocolate malts are discernible. Fruit and some spice is present and becomes more so. There is a roasted flavor in the aftertaste, but it gradually diminishes. Make no mistake, this is a strong ale, not a stout. But stout and porter lovers will find much to appreciate here. Mouthfeel is kind of average in comparison to the aroma and flavor. Slightly thick, and with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation. Does’t detract from the experience, but doesn’t add much. In sum, an excellent beer that lives up to the desciption. Orange and chocolate are the leading flavors, and lovers of fine liquor or red wine will find much to like, too.
drpimento (2403) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is difficult- the beer is very good, but key claims appear to have mostly vanished - with time? For instance the tangerine/orange is just barely noticeable and if it wasn’t suggested, maybe I wouldn’t have noticed it at all. That said lovely beer to look at. Rich beer to drink. Probably not one to lay by.
Zita (5305) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sep2011:very malty coffe aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, red wine finish.
Bacterial (1982) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour at the Vendome Pasadena bottle share - thanks! Brown pour, clear with a little bit of tan head. A little rubber on the front end of the taste then chocolate with a hint of orange. Pretty good.
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Very near black in colour with a thin but lasting tan head, some light lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, sweet. The flavour is of chocolate, some caramel, lots of roasted and toasted malts, light smoke, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness. Bitter and roasty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes very long, bitter and quite roasty. More a Stout/Porter and in that sense it is quite nice. Not sure what they were trying here but I like it.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours dark brown with an average tan head that leaves a bubbly ring of lace. The nose is dark chocolate, very roasted, plenty of vanilla oak, with some oxidation starting to peek through. The flavor is more milk chocolate up front and bitterness on the back, with the dark chocolate and vanilla oak still prevalent. The body is full with just under average carbonation and a long bitter and oaky finish.
Svesse (6782) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Very dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy beige head. Roasted, malty nose with dark bitter chocolate, tar, liquorice, black rye bread, treacle, toasted oak wood, anise and a touch of orange peel. Roasted, malty taste with notes of dark chocolate, liquorice, tar/smoke, treacle, black rye bread, orange peel, oak wood, vanilla fudge, a touch of raspberries and a generous cocoa bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with balanced sweetness. Quite powerful taste, still in good balance. Excellent beer!
alobar (2999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown pour with a soapy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and tropical fruit. Vanilla and chocolate flavor with tropical fruit with some roasted malt. Very nice.
tia (1126) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Dark brown with decent lacing. Smells like chocolate and play-doh. A tad wonky with some rubber.
jackl (5404) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a tiny tan head. Very oxidized nose. Apples, plums. Cardboard. Taste is peppery. Steak sauce. Soy. Nasty cardboard. Sludgy burnt chocolate. So bad.
Marduk (3544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
660ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Roast, malty, sweet, faint milk, raisins in aroma. Malty, roast, caramel, dark chocolate, raw cocoa in taste. Malty body. Roasted malts in aftertaste. So mellow and absolutely perfect balance.