writerljberg (505) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle, properly cellared.
A: Perfect black w/ a fluffy 1" mocha head. Good lacing and head retention.
N: Enormous licorice, star anise, cocoa, coffee, prune, vanilla, smoke, and malt.
T: Big, big sweetness, bitterness lends enough balance to get by, but this is a licorice treat.
M: Oily, heavy, Alcohol is well hidden.
O: The Stone yeast strain works pretty well, and Iím grateful for the complexity.
ttroha (172) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Shared by awesome Ratebeer user JHeath99. Aroma of dark chocolate and hops. Appearance dark black with tan head. Taste of dark chocolate with roasted coffee. Heavy bodies and smooth palate with just a hint of coffee aftertaste. Fantastic beer.
furthur (101) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2014. A beautiful opaque black beer with a pecan colored head that thins quickly. It smells like chocolate, coffee, plum, vanilla, bread, roast malt. Taste of roast malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, booze, yes anise and vanilla, with a bitter grapefruit rindy finish. As it warms there is shoyu, licorice/anise, plum, and the bitter rind fades a bit to more of a grapefruit and coffee, and it gets boozer The palate is smooth and rich, carbonation fine and subdued. This tastes a bit harsh here. I think it needs more age on it. That sharp hops finish could use some mellowing, as could the hot alcohol. I really wanted to like this more and rate it higher, though it still deserves a lofty rating.
ROBC3366 (369) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 2014 version improves the longer it’s in the glass. Beautiful dark color and dark tan head. Tastes of anise, Italian roast coffee, and a little licorice. Deep malts make it smoother than you would expect. Very good!
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cernjoh (43) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is of dark chocolate some alcohol and hops. Appearance is dark brown almost black allowing virtually no light to pass through. Taste is dark chocolate with roasted coffee notes. This 2014 version is not nearly as hoppy as I recall previous years. Palate is somewhat thick and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall worth itís 100 rating.
fitwitchik (179) - USA - APR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter a syrupy dark black brown with a tan head that left fairly soon.
Aroma of chocolate coffee sweet with some hops.
Flavor is coffee first with dark fruited chocolate, touch of licorice & nice roasty alcohol.
Nice balance & feel to the mouth. Finish is more complete as it warmed. This is an annual fave of mine.
hershiser2 (1191) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 release. Trader joes Charlottesville . Pours black lg brown head. Good lacing. Sweet chocolates in the nose with hints of coffee. Tastes of chocolates with a hint of burnt wood. Expected more.
forthebirds (15) - - MAR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown black pour with thick head tan head. Chocolate, roasty malt aroma. Thick mouthfeel with deep flavors of chocolate, coffee, whiskey. Lingering and delightful.
c_lee_burton (21) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 2014 version improves the longer itís in the glass. Beautiful dark color and dark tan head. Tastes of anise, Italian roast coffee, and a little licorice. Deep malts make it smoother than you would expect. Very good!
Experiment_Ale (656) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Stephens House with Stephen, and Aaron. Aroma is roasted toasetd malt. Chccolate smooth roasted toasted malt, smooth burn marshmellow that is beautiful.