hopscotch (8217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours midnight black with a mid-sized, light brown head. Fantastic retention. The nose offers charred wood and acrid espresso grounds with whispers of cayenne and chili peppers. Full-bodied and slick with medium carbonation. The flavor suggests mild acidity, heavily roasted black and chocolate malt sweetness and carbonaceous bitterness. Burnt, bitter, lightly tangy finish. Thanks go out to darkguardian for sharing this one with the Delray Beach gang!
Travlr (7997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First sampling on draught at pre-ZBF, further samplings on days #1, 2 & 3 after bottling. Black. Dark maroon head, progressively thicker shortly after bottling. Aroma of burnt espresso, vanilla beans, bittersweet cocoa. Rich coffee flavor that would make Juan Valdez weep with joy. Far and away my favorite of the BD series to date.
chrisv10 (7860) - DENMARK - MAY 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 13.0%. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, strong coffee and a little chocolate. Flavour is roasted malts, strong coffee, chocolate, medium sweet, hops, liquorice, rum, little vanilla, little dark fruits with notes of alcohol.
hopdog (7658) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, woody, and smoke. Tastes of coffee, dark fruits, rum, roast, and some smoke.
JoeMcPhee (7625) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by puzzl. Pitch black pour with a massive, thick brown head. The nose is loaded with tobacco and coffee. Rich and fairly vanillaish. There is also a lot of dried raisin, rum and intensely rich and roasty. There is lots of cocoa and a very long lingering bitterness. A little bit of heavy chewiness. Cold coffee and rich roastiness. Earthy and intense.
rlgk (7470) - Skövde, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black, nice lasting brown head. Coffee aroma, bitter, milky, tobacco, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, tar, smoked. Coffee flavor, licorice, cocoa, tar, vanilla, roasted, smoked notes, hoppy, dry woody notes. Coffee finish, roasted and almost sourish.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours opaque with an average, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, prune, peppers, nutmeg, and earth. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, alcohol, smoke, raisin, peppers, nutmeg, leather, and earth. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation, low creaminess, and a dry and biting finish.
BMan1113VR (7381) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a huge black body and a large tan head that stays. Aroma is coffee, peppery (heat as well) and strongly grassy. Taste is a bit metallic, coffee, fruity, sweet, tropical and oak. Some vanilla and molasses as an afterthought. Lively bubbles.
JorisPPattyn (7310) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught Thick beige dense head, over black beer. Hop resins oiling coffee and treacle syrup mixing in after loosing its sweetness. Coffe, black coffeebeans, moccha, exquisite exotic coffee, slightly lactic and rather sweet finish. Very complex. Long-lasting coffee aftertaste with viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. Despite its ABV and viscosity, it still drinks away alarmingly fast...
daknole (7205) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour, brown head. Aroma is full of sweet chocolate, booze, coffee, roast, vanilla, toasted marshmallow. Flavor is sweet, rum certainly comes through on the tongue, with some chocolate and caramel. Creamy as hell!