tmoreau (2782) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 16 oz. can shared at a recent group tasting and poured to a sampler with a very dark brown hue, fluffy, tan head foam, and nice cling to the curtainy lacing. The aroma was light roast with an ultra milk chocolate scent and creamy sweetness. The flavor was similar, with low hop bitterness, but thin texture, low carbonation, and light to medium body. Tasty, but the flavor disappointed in comparison to the exceptional nose.
On tap the next time at the Cornerstone Pub in Bailey’s Harbor, WI.. Presented an added touch of ruby highlighting to the black/brown color and same impressive appearance. With roastiness, a little burnt, with some day old coffee taste, creaminess to the mouthfeel, but somewhat watery texture. Same conclusion.
RobertDale (3988) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at KC Beerfest 10-22. Comes almost black with an average tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is chocolate, caramel, coffee and malt. Medium body. Decent.
italianjohn (2432) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour little ruby hue nice beige/tan head light lacing .... aroma of roasted and caramel malts lactose and chocolate .... taste is sweet caramel malts little roasted but not overly sweet lactose comes through but isn’t overbearing nice dose of chocolate little on the bitter end with a light bitter finish .... light creamy mouthfeel .... aged this one quite a few months ..... not a bad brew
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can as a trade extra. Black in color with a massive, dense tan head that looks almost nitro-like. The aroma is dampened a bit by the big ol’ head it seems, but some roast and dark chocolate poke through. Very roasty and even ashy flavor with bittersweet dark chocolate and a hint of espresso. A bit thin on the mouthfeel with average carbonation level. The description says, "It might just change your mind about how dark beers should taste." Well, that sure didn’t happen - it tasted like a normal sweet stout.
cheap (4427) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a pounder can. sweet volatile and stouty aroma, but not like an impy stout. Very attractive black beer look, no head. Taste is not as bitter as expected and is quite laid back for a stout. Good smooth flavors almost tart at times but never quite gets there, nevertheless, it is a pleasant aspect of the beer. The palate morphs, it goes from a sizzle to nearly a flat in aabout 5 seconds in the mouth. Nice black beer drinken experience. Finish is almost roasty bitter but pulls back. Gets better as the session continues. Enjoyed this big can.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit more coffee in the nose and taste than I care for, but not a bad beer in my opinion.
adnielsen (9814) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tall boy can @ home. Dark brown appearance with a big bubbly, dark brown head. Big roasty, dark chocolate malty, toasty coffee, slightly bitter aroma. Sweet, milky, light caramel, chocolate malty, tangy coffee, sweet flavor. Pretty sweet, roasted, dark malty taste with a roasty, chocolate aftertaste.
Finhead (1298) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A black pour with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. It has a roasted aroma with notes of peanut butter and milk chocolate. The medium body has a slick texture with average carbonation. It has a sweet taste that fades a little with the roasted finish.
r464 (1981) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark with a tannish color head. Roasty and toasty overall, this has a burnt maltiness with some hints of coffee and yeast.
SudsMcDuff (6512) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz cAn .. bought @ cork and barrel, southside .. . . umm, a good brew but tasted after some really good shit (opium) so my taste buds were brazed a bit .. . Pours a plum black, light foam .. . tar, ash, weak dark chocolate, and light roast .. . probably good fresh on tap, i’d give it another go for sure . . . So is Blanche!