j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum during their Stone event. Pours jet black, a bit medicinal, chocolate and char. Quite thick and viscous. Roast, char, sweet caramel. A bit medicinal here as well, not bad, just strange. Sweet caramel and syrup on the finish.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some spicy yeast. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, spicy yeast, grapefruit. Sticky medium-full body.
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured as close to a pitch black color as possible, small tan head. Aroma was chocolates, roasted malts - touch of sweetness and yeasty. Flavor was malty, touch of yeast, roasted malts. A very unique beverage I must say.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at rattle n hum during the stone event with James and big T. Ultra smokey... Hotdogs, smoke, malts. Taste is tart, malty, burnt.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum.
Dark black with a tan head. A light smokiness, but the spicy citrus notes from the Belgian yeast dominates. Fairly strong and thick with a light sourness and a hint of bitterness.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Alewife Baltimore for Stone Tap Takeover. Pours near jet black with a decent tan/mocha head with good retention and leaves lots of webby lace everywhere. Aroma is sweet, herbal, spicy, sage, very much like Saison du BUFF. (?) Taste is minty, sage, bay leaves. Did they mix the tap line with the GK Mad Man Mix? Feels light-bodied. Weird. Doesn’t work super well.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Stone 14th party. Black brown color. Big flavor difference was the belgian yeast along with some strong spice quality. Not quite sure what that was. Not too impressed with this one.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a sipper. Little hard to finish at end of Stone 14 festival. Jet black color. Belgian yeast influenced then alcohol then chocolate. Very chewy.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2011 Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a rich black hue with a creamy body and tan head. The nose is full of sweet prunes, anise, and a mild oakiness. The flavors are more of the same. A drying fruit flavor, lots of anise but not over powering like some say. This could be because I like that flavor more then some or because there is a bottle to bottle variant. Belgium yeast flavors are there but mutted by the anise which is just fine by me. A bit of a spice pepper thing going on too. Dry roasty mouth feel. I enjoyed this version more then the original draft release but I’ll still take the original. Cheers to trying new things,
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2011 Draft at Stone Bistro. Black pour, small tan head. Sweet dark malts, molasses, strong flavors of black licorice, a little bit of fruit, chocolate, and Kind of spiced. I am not a big fan of this, very odd.