Ericular (224) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with healthy tan head that fades to a ring and minor lacing. Aroma is deep and complex, with roasted coffee, chocolate, licorice. Flavor is thick roasted malts with coffee and alcohol, chewy and thick with hints of dark fruit like black cherry and raisins. A little chalky cocoa powder feel, drying and bitter in the immediate aftertaste. Alcohol makes a strong showing shortly after that, then fading into a roasted toffee aftertaste. Smooth and thick in the palate. This bottle was only 6 weeks old, and my general impression is that it would be better with age. A little too fresh and ripe - the flavors need time to integrate and for the alcohol to mellow. I have no idea if that’s what would happen with time, but that’s what I’d hope for.
queenholly (1830) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Three Fires. Chocolate, fruity prune, smoke, and molasses aroma. Black with a small tan head. Earthy smoke, coffee, chocolate, and light alcohol aroma. The smokiness really came out as it warmed. Body on the light side of full, soft carbonation. This was an amazing accompaniment to the olive oil cake I was having for dessert.
GregWalters (1) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a great java stout. I really enjoyed this one. Not sure what else to say. It is simply great.
AlainG (616) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
En versant ce liquide noir opaque, des arômes très prononcés de torréfaction et de caramel en émanent. La mousse est brune et elle laisse des traces d’écume au verre. En se l’approchant du nez, la mélasse, la tire-éponge, la vanille, les fruits secs et le chocolat valsent dans ce tourbillon d’odeurs. En bouche, elle est veloutée et soyeuse, laissant la place à toutes le saveurs de s’exprimer. Des herbes diverses, qui font aussi parties des arômes, se signalent allègement en bouche. Est-ce le houblon?. L’alcool, pourtant assez fort, est bien intégré. L’amertume, telle celle d’un bon espresso, se prolonge en arrière-goût. Belle dégustation. Merci A-A!! (559-040313)
Ed5388 (479) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
22oz (2004) bomber thanks to a free beer contest from Sloth. Pours a dark motor oil black color with zero head. Aroma of sweet caramel, slight chocolate, and soy sauce. This beer is flat and oxidized. Sweet flat coca cola, boozy, lots of soy sauce, slight chocolate notes, and caramel. This was a hot mess and way past its prime! I will be trying a newer vintage and re-rating this beer in the future.
trumpetskid (95) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black, with some dark brown around the edges. Quite an aggressive head for a 10% beer. Smells of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Aroma is a little muted. The flavor is definitely not muted. Intense dark roast, bitter chocolate and a little bit of dark fruit tang. This is really good, especially for the price.
EtTuCthulhu (374) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma of this brew is quite boozy with hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate, and the appearance combines a black color with a medium-sized brown head that fades quickly to a ring. The taste is mildly umami, quite bitter, and a touch sweet, but it is still quite boozy in the mouth; consequently, the palate combines long bitter finish, medium body, soft carbonation, and an oily texture.
tdmuel (80) - South Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The last 2012 bottle at work.
Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Great nose, lots of anise and chocolate, there’s some toffee and caramel, and dark fruit. Wow, this tastes awesome. The dark fruit and chocolate come through up front, surprising amount of coffee there too, some caramel, and a hint of vanilla. Full bodied, wonderfully balanced. A real classic.
Arve_Christian (2074) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, sept 2012. Black color, good brownish foam. High aroma intensity, coffee, licorice, malt, raisins and roasted aromas. Full body & high complexity. Some immediate sweetness, good bitterness and balance . Very enjoyable,
coreyc1221 (51) - USA - APR 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn. That’s good. The aroma is sweeter than you’d expect and the taste is chocolaty esspressoish. but like a bright espresso. still sweet. i would love this with some steak. I’d probably fall asleep at my table with a slight grin on my face.