Lukaduke (1473) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 vintage thanks to Nate ! Pours a deep dark thick black color with a finger of medium khaki foam. The nose is upfront chocolate brownie batter but opens into a more dark fruit and deep dark flavors of roast, coffee and sugar. The palate follows with a nice chewy chocolate backdrop that has heightened complexity of dark vinous fruit, raisin and coffee adding layers to the thick rich sweet body of this stout ! Pretty Tasty.
allesmetkaas (166) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, tan head. Coffe, chocolate, slight smokey? Siropy chocolate, sweeter than expected alcohol in finish
fitwitchik (99) - USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 2011 bomber autographed from the artist into a snifter a pitch black motor oil with a nice tan head that when swirled gets impressive.
The aroma is of thick figgy cocoa & light hops. Smells sweet & so flavorful.
Taste of syrupy dark fruits, chocolate caramel in boozy love. Thick on the palate & exceptionally smooth. This is my second time I have had a 2011. As an avid DL fan this is the closest to perfection one can get.
UkrainPubCrawler (30) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The aroma of this beer is amazing and you can feel the darkness setting in. This is a delicious sipping beer and the flavors, although strong and distinct are all amazingly balanced and finishes with a delicious blend of malt and hop notes.
Atom (1117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have had this lots and finally going to rate it. On tap at Blue Nile, pours a dark brown/black with a large tan head. Aroma of chocolate and lots of citrus and piney hops. Taste is moderately sweet chocolate malt(shake), bright bitter pine and citrus, caramel and toffee, with slight dry coffee on the finish with a little more bitter hops. Always love this fresh on tap, particularly nice and hoppy this year!
Hatred (1) - - NOV 1, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the first year I have had a chance to try this beer. I have to say I was completely blown away by the beer I consumed.
I have already purchased 4 more bottles to give to friends to share in the beergasm that this facilitates.
Petrucci914 (876) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Darkness Day 2013. Aroma is piney hops, light roasts and chocolate. Taste is much the same. Rather smooth but pretty hoppy for a RIS. I don’t really think it is worth the hype but the event is great. I’m going to age a few bottles and will update if need be.
mully262 (56) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at surly brewing. Very interesting beer. Hits your palate with sweet notes at the beginning and finishes with a coffee tone.
devman171 (507) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2013 2012 vintage, thanks chase! Aroma is huge roast and chocolate, taste is super rich and roast, a little sweet
Bacterial (838) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this many many times but never rated it. Tap on Darkness Day 2013. This is the real deal. Big thick hoppy sweet smooth boozy. Boom.