ROBC3366 (364) - 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 (1175) - 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 (19) - 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.
Jimthechap (1483) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was quite a beer and, along with the Stone Old Guardian, my favourite beer at the GNZB Festival. Dark-brown mahogany with nil head and strong aromas of chocolate, cocoa nibs and whisky. This was thick, viscous and oily and those flavours were manifest. I wish I had an hour and double the amount of beer to savour this offering. Another time perhaps...
Pterodiacetyl (35) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
roasty, chocolate, coffee, black, tan foam, medium sweetness, full body, creamy, long finish,
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MattH (608) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. $7.99 from Fresno, CA BevMo. Aroma is quality dark chocolate, anise and alcohol. Flavor is good. I get mostly dark chocolate with a slight fruity undertone. Finish is slightly bitter. Years ago this beer overpowered my palate, but now though it is excellent and well balanced, it seems perhaps a little tame. I feel that the espresso stout version from last year had a little more flavor. Nevertheless, this is a great beer and the price is great.