VeinAle (112) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 3/22/13. Poured to snifter 2/15/15. Blackish brown with dark tan head. Smells like roasted raisins and licorice. Tastes immediately as charred, toasty malts. Full bodied classic stout mouth feel. Overall it lives up to itís reputation.
JBPortland (1056) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 2014 vintage pours black brown with finger of tan head. Nose is nutty roast, dark ashy fruit, tar, licorice. Taste is big with vanilla, almond, roast, charred coffee, lots of dark fruit. Finishes with ashy light sweetness, coffee, dark cocoa, dark fruit. Thinner than expected. Good not great.
snoworsummer (2959) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle at Liberty Station. Pours dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Tastes like booze, woody, dried fruits, light smoke, light ash, syrup. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like syrup, booze, wood, dark fruits, light smoke, and light ash.
Dr_Fellini (722) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is a solid roasted malts, light cocoa, anise. Flavor is a burnt roasted malts, bitter coffee, burnt cocoa. Medium body with a long lingering burnt bitterness. A solid IRS, but Fyodorís Classic still blows it out of the water.
tmongoose (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft that poured almost midnight black with mocha colored head that lingered and turned into lacing on the glass. the aroma was sweet chocolate and some coffee and lots of deep roasted malts. the flavor was a tad bit sweet but didnt detract from the overall flavor. lots of sweet chocolate and coffee and dark roasted malts. this is an exceptional beer.
bigda83 (343) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gotta go against the majority here. Iím not sure if itís the letdown of nearly all the beers at my tasting, or if I really just was not feeling this. Poured a very dark black with a small light brown head. Aroma was licorice, coffee, and booze. Taste was very boozey and lots of alcohol burn (barrel narwhal was much less that this with a higher ABV). Also notes of black licorice, espresso beans, and some semi-sweet chocolate. Drank at room temp. Iíd like to snag one from this yearís release and drink chilled and allow to warm up to see if I notice any differences. Ok beer, just a letdown compared to reviews and the hype for me.
GriffDaddy (88) - - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yessss. Should every beer be this good. Thick, dark pour with a nice dark brown head. Nose of sweet molasses, toasty bread, chocolate and coffee. Thick on the palate, quite sweet with present alcohol but nicely balanced. Coffee, chocolate, yeasty toasty goodness. A nice bitter to balance it out, high alcohol is nicely blended. Great stuff I will drink again and again.
Florya (625) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How: Bottle Appearance: Black color, minimal brown head Aroma: caramel, coffee, bitter chocolate, orange, spice.. Palate: Full body, smooth carbonation, surprisingly bitter finish.
Hopmaestro (362) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is thick of malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. The taste is heavy from the same ingredients as in the aroma, but it also carries a surprising freshness from some kind of red berry. Awesome stuff this one, and something you always should have in your cellar when itís time for something to get your shit straight!
Obfuscate (228) - Minneapolis, - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle, Breakfast New Yearís Day. Almost too smooth for 11%. I was expecting something in my face but glad itís so smooth and balanced. Get all the smells and flavors other reviewers and the bottle describes.