dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting). Pours thick and black with a tan head. This just coats the glass. Aroma has alcohol and plenty of chocolate and bourbon. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. This is a really nice beer with a nice mix of sweetness, roasty bitterness and alcohol.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 (Rating #6700) Bottle… Rated over two sessions... Freshly opened, the brew pours pitch black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet offers charcoal, dark chocolate and a boatload of alcohol. Ultra full-bodied and downright chewy with stinging carbonation. The flavor is mostly charcoal with only modest sweetness. As expected, very, very boozy. No bourbon here. Finishes burnt, bitter and red hot. Darned good for a 52 proof beer. Score = 3.7. About ten days later, we revisited the very same re-sealed bottle. The carbonation had mellowed by about 65%. Also, the alcohol and rough edges were nicely smoothed-over by a thick, soothing blanket of dark chocolate, fudge and caramel. Minus the biting carbonation, this may be more viscuous than Dark Lord. The alcohol is still present, but more laid-back and certainly more enjoyable. I think the reduction in carbonation over ten days accentuated the beer’s malty nuances by lessening the painful assault of ethanol upon my cowering taste buds. No longer "under attack," my palate seems more open to all the excellent flavors and textures hidden within this "gentle giant" of a beer. I suppose an analogy could be made regarding the biting, stinging winter cold of the U.S. northeast or midwest which forces every pore in one’s epidermis to clamp up tightly in order to protect the other organs from hypothermia. After being opened for ten days, I’d give this beer a 4.1. The mean between the freshly opened bottle and the ten-day-old bottle = 3.9. I can’t say that I’d recommend opening a bottle of beer and then re-visiting it ten days later very often - maybe Samuel Adams Utopius - but this one truly seemed to benefit from a little time in the company of oxygen. Sometimes your enemies become your friends. Thanks to darkguardian for providing the opportunity to try this rarity!
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle sampled at Daknole’s Memorial Day Tasting. Pours thick BLACK. Looks like old motor oil and viscosity is about the same. Minimal brown head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste is intense, with coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roasty and quite boozy. Bitter, boozy, chocolate finish. It was indeed a treat to taste such an intriguing ale. I must say it would be difficult to drink a whole bottle, but to taste is sublime. Heavy duty stuff. Highly recommended.
beerbastard (772) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dak! thanks for stopping me before I poured too much. This is the thickest I have ever poured. Their must be a milion flavors going on here. Never have I had anything like this. This is insanely intense.
Almost too harsh. This is great, but I couldn’t drink much of this.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 5/2/11 on draft at the B’Urbain Trail event at West Lakeview Liquors, thanks to both Kristina and Urbain for hosting. Pours jet oil black with a thin but sturdy light brown head that slowly recedes to a thin, even collar of lace. The nose is hot, and becomes increasingly more fruity as it warms with prune, raisin, and dried fig, along with tons of coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla, and sweet marzipan almond. The flavor is full of thick chocolate syrup with tons of fig, prune, and raisin, along with dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and almond milk. The body is heavy whipping cream thick with light carbonation and a super long dried fruit, dark chocolate, and almond milk finish.
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Dak on Memorial Day Weekend. Squid ink pour...truly can’t get any blacker...with a mocha colored razor thin head. Stained the glass. Aroma of fudge, brownie, dark Godiva chocolate, licorice, molasses and fusel alcohol. Flavor shows heavy soy, cocoa, brown sugar, burnt caramel, and some heat. Thick...quite chewy. The ABV is a bit distracting. Glad I had a chance to try!!!
daknole (10220) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The thickest, blackest pour ever. Deep brown head. Aroma is loaded with bitter chocolate, acetone, alcohol, espresso. Flavor is very bitter, lots of chocolate, sweet raisins, crazy. Very crazy!
drowland (6756) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #2900! 5/22/11. 750mL bottle courtesy dfclav. Thick, oily black pour with a ring of dark brown head on the edge. Almost overwhelming aroma of alcohol, dark fruits, roast, and deep red wine. AWESOME flavor (seriously) loaded with wood, roast, huge cocoa powder, a touch of sour, and more. This stuff is thick, sticky, and delicious. Holy crap.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#1000. Huge thanks to Eric for sharing this at DLD. Wow. What an impressive beer. Pours pitch black with little to no head. Aroma is dense molasses and coffee. Aroma was nice, but I would have thought it would have more punch. Thick or heavy mouthfeel would be an understatement for this brew. I swear this stuff is thicker than the thickest pancake syrup I’ve ever had. I had to chew each sip like I was eating more than drinking. Taste was more molasses and coffee, char, has a subtle sweetness, a touch of anise, and finishes with a touch of alcohol. Not nearly what I would have expected. I would have thought it would have had more alcohol to it. Its really well hidden. A real treat and a standout brew at DLD this year. Thanks!
nickd717 (3623) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Insane for a beer like this to come in that size bottle. Well, what can I say? It’s black. Not surprising. Dark brown one finger head. The aroma is roast, coffee, hops, and slight booze. Not as strong of an aroma as I’d expect. The flavor is like the Energizer bunny though...it just keeps going, as they say in "The Sandlot", FOR-EV-ER. Really. Intense dark chocolate, molasses, roast, coffee, and alcohol. Not boozy for 26%, but you can feel it in the palate. The mouthfeel is like syrup. Intense as all hell, and almost impossible to get down. Like a triple imperial stout almost, totally insane. But I love it. These guys did something ridiculous here, and I really respect them for it. Damn, this is insane, in a good way, or in a bad way. I don’t even know anymore. My drunkenness just doubled on this 4oz pour. Damn. Seems like you could leave this open and drink it over a period of months, like Utopias.