BeerandBlues2 (10713) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small, frothy, dark brown head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, toffee), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine), average yeast (leather) with notes of raisin, plum, smoke, tar, and vanilla. Full bodied, oily texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity.
FatPhil (10702) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap (Rake, post-RBESG2011 Monday)
Lovely rich cakey aroma. Very smooth roasty palate, much like a US porter. A touch buttery in the finish. Very rich and roasty, but no burnt astringency. A lovely bitter bite and tingle, but not really hoppy. The immediate finish the instant you swallow is just gorgeous - it feels great, and the vapours moving around the back of the nose make you go "goddam!".
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at weekly tasting. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of sherry, roast chocolate, toasted oats. medium body.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my Secret Santa. Thanks! Dark brown pour with medium head. String oatmeal aroma with chocolate, smoke, sweet malt. Taste is bitter chocolate with notes of malt and oatmeal. Well balanced. Smooth, silky mouthfeel.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and woody notes.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well I had to go to Vermont to find this in the bottle at a local shop in Stowe. Rating #600. This is a kick ass beer. Pours a jet black with a nice foamy brown head. Aroma is(shocking)all chocolate. I also smell a hint of coffee and maybe some molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, coffee and some molasses hints on the nose too. I truly enjoyed this from start to finish.
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom! It is pitch black with a nougat colored, creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, ash, chocolate, light smoke, wood and it is funny, but I can smell the bitterness. The flavour has a roasted and hoppy bitterness, notes of roasted malt, wood, bitter chocolate, light sweetness and coffee and a hint of ashes. It is at the same time both very bitter and yet smooth, complex and yet straight forward, and interesting mix.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Bottle… Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8… Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Good retention. Simple, straight-forward aroma and flavor… dark, bitter chocolate nibs and cocoa powder. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Chocolaty, bitter finish. Thanks to growler for sharing the bottle!
Benzai (9929) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black opaque color, medium to dark brown head. Smell richely coffee, chocolate, caramel, bitter, burned and roasted malts. Taste very rich as well, lots of flavours, mainly coffee, chocolate and roastyness. Nice bitter finish. Nice carbo, full body.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast, caramel, light smoke, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, some oats, bitter chocolate, coffee latte, and roast. Smooth body with the alcohol content well hidden.