andyhwcinc (1434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased at the Beer Temple in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a cool mid May Friday night hanging out at home. Was very happy to find this stuff, and it’s pretty incredible. Appearance is a thick, oily pitch black with a thin tan head that rims around the glass, as it warms, has a nice thick tan head. Aroma is a bit light but decandent, with rich espresso / coffee notes along with chocolate, light bit of lactose, but overall a tad bitter. Taste goes down with a light bitterness, rich in dark coffee and chocolate, there is a subtle dark fruit aspect to this, and is a very smooth RIS but also a bit dry. Extremely enjoyable brew, Stone does it yet again.
devman171 (949) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with mom, pours black with low creamy head. Aroma is deep roast coffee and malt, taste is a mouthful of roasted, coffee, bitter finish monster stout, great.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Max’s. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is espresso, roast and chocolate malt, prunes and raisins with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with heavy espresso, medium dark fruits, hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3495) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, espresso, woody notes, chocolate, earthy hops, and dried fruit. Flavor is heavy dry, roasted flavors with good supporting espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruit esters, earthy hops, and ash; dry finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
EtTuCthulhu (1031) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma of this beer combines toasted malts, espresso, and a hint of vanilla, and the appearance is an opaque black color with a large tan head. The taste is complex through a fusion of mildly bitter, mildly umami, and slightly sweet flavors that work well with the palate, which includes a bitter finish, soft carbonation, slick texture. and a full body. Overall, I was quite impressed with this beer, especially since the vintage IRS didn’t do too much to prove its worthiness.
thomas15 (682) - USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, slight flickers of dark fruit, dark chocolate. Black should be small dark beige head with spotty lacing. Tastes of bitter espresso and roasted malt. Some sweet creamy aspects, espresso retains a dryness. Chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is super velvety. Great variation.
jhamp9 (1036) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour with a mocha head that fades down to a film. Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso, and wood. Some molasses in there as well. Taste has a nice chocolaty sweetness up front that goes into coffee, char, and faint caramel. Finishes bitter with a coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is well concealed but warms on the way down. Slick on the palate but dries out.
Really good beer.
drowland (5993) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/16/13. 22oz bottle thanks to cheesemoose. Black pour with a nice khaki head. A bit of coffee, some booziness, and chocolate on the aroma. Light smooth coffee with chocolate and a touch of booze on the flavor. Tasty.
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small-medium brown head. Aroma is sweet, lots of coffee, like walking into a coffee shop, some slight metal. Taste is very sweet, dominated by coffee, in a good way. Finish is sweet, lightly bitter. Medium-full body, soft carbonation. Very good, but needs some more bitterness.
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate throughout this beer. Absolutely delicious beer.