finn1918 (217) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz, $3.50 from Total Wine, BB 5/15/13. Pours inky black with a 1-finger light tan/off-white head. Aroma is typical Stone-stle hop punch: floral and pine dominate. Taste is boozy, roast malts, cocoa powder, and a big floral hop punch, although not as bitter as some. Nice cocoa/hop finish that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is fairly light and silky for the style. A good food beer, but a bit too dry to stand on its own. Excellent, but truthfully, a little overpriced. Some equally good beers can be had for a few dollars less.
Steverus0 (217) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is...well... Not quite heaven, but I suppose that sublime is apt.
This brew cuts a perfect balance between the roasted notes and hoppy bitterness that others have performed with less success.
Pours an opaque ebony with bright and decently persistent head. Aroma of pine and hints of chocolate.
Taste is roasted barley and a faint chocolate with flower-forward west coast hop varieties. Smooth and balanced on the mouth. Yup. New favorite (at least one of them)
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VITUSBEERHOUSE (216) - SANTIAGO DE LOS CABALLEROS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - JUL 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
muy buena,a la nariz malta tostada y algo de chocolate,al paladar mucho lupulo y regaliz con notas de naranja, una black ale como debe de ser,impresionante
rick_91709 (216) - USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma has a little citrus mixed with roasted malt. Roasted coffee? taste with a bitter finish. Not great.
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dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing
kindacold (215) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost opaque red with massive head that persists. Mild smell of smoke, alcohol, and wood. Thick, bittersweet smokey flavor with coffee, caramel, chocolate, hops, charcoal, butter, lots of citrus, and much more. Light, sticky finish.
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was black with tan fluffy head, and had a strong aroma. It had a fruity chocolate taste that reminded me of liquorice.
yumyum (215) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a very interesting brew. Pours deep brown with moderate carbonation. Aroma is that of an ipa but the hops don’t dominate as much as a traditional ipa (also some maltiness and toastiness on the nose). Taste is quite good (like a chocolate chip cookie being washed down with an ipa. Quite a good balance in this brew which, in combination with the smooth mouthfee, makes it an enjoyable and easy to drink brew. Overall I wasn’t blown away by it but it was quite good.
fcjack1 (215) - Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from world beers. Pours black with a thin white head. Scent has some chocolate, hops and raisins. Taste is a nice hop with some chocolate and a little oak flavor. Smooth beer . . . .
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark chocolate. Hop presence immediate in the nose, almost bizarrely for something this dark. Mouthfeel is medium to full on. Some hints of chocolate and dark fruits, but I’m always looking for something more from the American ’Hop Slam’ gang and this doesn’t quite do it for me.