MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This long time want graciously provided to me by bauermj. Poured into my new Darkness glass that was sent by Beeruser in perfect timing.
The beer flows forth languidly, boasting its full body and robust color. The collection in the glass is dense and blackened. An undertone of burnt red, much like the color of the wax that crowns this bottle, gives the beer warmth and character. The head is a yellowed khaki with a frothy and soft pretense. Creeping rings of lace adorn the glass in short order, fueled by the ever-present ring of foam.
Darkness carries with it aromas of soy sauce and tobacco that are uniquely its own. Rich molasses and brown sugar lay a sweetened backdrop to licorice, steak sauce and freshly laid mulch. The bouquet is indeed full of darkness but encompasses the realm of caramelized and aged sugars and sweets. A consideration of the final glass of the bottle yields strong aromas of prunes and hints of chocolate covered raisins.
The soy sauce and molasses flavors are the dominant ones. They grip the sides of the tongue with a sharp, rum soaked fruitcake flavor that is bracketed by sweet pipe tobacco. There is a milky creaminess that tries to push through but the denser molasses and anise flavors suppress it for the most part. As the glass warms, caramel and a faint citrusy hopping come out. A fleeting hint of smoke pops out just at the end, and only after this beer warms to room temperature.
The best part of this beer is the way it slides over the palate, offering little resistance. It feels frictionless. Its very low and fluffy soft carbonation furthers the effects of the full body. There is a little bit of stickiness left on the lips, but this is a sweet beer, that should be expected. Some alcohol warmth and an oily, licorice flavored coating is left behind for a long finish and aftertaste.
This is a great stout. It’s large in stature and silky smooth and thick. It is, however, quite sweet and wrought with tobacco and soy sauce notes that get in the way of its roastiness. So, all things considered, this did not live up to what I expected from it.
linusb (716) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep dark brown/black coloured with a light brown head. N: Coffee, hint of vanilla and bourbon, blackberry, cherry, yeast(?) T: Coffee, cinnamon, soy sauce, bourbon, boozy... O: A bit off on the nose, but very nice taste to it!
JBomb (25) - Little Canada, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aged for 8 months.pours pitch black with a awesome thick tan head.aromas of chocolate coffee,toffee and cherry.finishes sweet.This is the standard for a perfect stout!🍻
Mark_Eck (1737) - - JUL 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are lots of dark fruits, some roasted malts and chocolate.
Mr_Abner (325) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 bottle. Pours black with a half inch mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark dried fruit. Taste of chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, sugar. Medium+ sweetness; light to moderately bitter underneath. Smooth, soft, lightly dry finish. Excellent.
Shag (2803) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smoke. The flavor is well balanced with a strong chocolate, a bit of dark fruit, and coffee. Overall good.
TheJestersBeer (2369) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Mikkeller CBC 2014.
Pitch black, brown head.
Sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Heavy roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice, ashes, vanilla, honey. Impressive. (2014-05 backlog)
daje (3782) - NORWAY - MAY 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 26th 2015. Black body with a creamy tanned head. Aroma of dark malt, roast, raisin, earthy and herbal hops. Taste of bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, medium sweetness, good bitterness, boozy towards finish. Nice balanced yet dark as hell. Very nice!
Tstamba (698) - Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Local Option... Pours black in the snifter...thin beige head and lacing. Notes of vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, warm boozy finish... Outstanding RID, lives up to the hype!!! Delicious...
monkeychugg55 (1018) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1000 Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is loaded with chocolate, roast, raisin/fig, and some caramel. The flavor is about the same, some lingering earthy and floral hops and coffee on the back end. Nice viscous body and mellow carbonation.
Krej (222) - USA - APR 7, 2016
4.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This really good. Smooth and creamy and I really like it. More words I hate words
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