DrnkMcDermott (2990) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bavarian Lodge; Surly Darkness tapping! I’ve done this backwards: had the barrel aged version before the main bottle. Anyway, in the 12 oz. snifter goblet, it seems suitably black. Deep brown head shows some staying power. Smooth nose of dark malts with little distraction. Taste starts with some coffee and chocolate. If this had been my first RIS instead of Goose Island BCS years ago, it would have been the same revelatory experience. I find this has a ton of flavor, making the BA version seem like overkill. I’ve got a lot of Imperial Stouts in my cellar, but there’s something to be said for having them fresh. Still a lot of hops and unfermented malt here, too. And a lot of attitude.
Mr_Abner (322) - 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 (2789) - 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 (2367) - 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 (3469) - 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 (678) - 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 (1014) - 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 (221) - 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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20107589 (677) - randers, DENMARK - APR 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pour black with a small tan head. lots of aromas. like in the text above. chocolate, raisins, coffee, and toffee. this is really sweet, not much bitterness going on. creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. drinking it with cheese cake and enjoying it!!
Christpuncher (2664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is whiskey, some chocolate and raisin. Flavor is strong whiskey, raisin, and some cherry. Strong bite, this may need to age a few years to take the edge off.
Cybercat (4899) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours coffee brown with a nice tan head. Aroma presents roast malt, coffee, molasses and licorice tones. Bold flavor delivers rich molasses, roast malt, coffee, semi-sweet and licorice notes; it is rather sweet but not cloying. Viscous body delivers a strong and persistent fizz. Enjoy the darkness! Another one off me beer bucket list.