ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Black Friday tasting. Aroma is hersheys chocolae. Some booze. Flavor-damn thatís hot. Literal heat more than anything. Pure chocolate and alcohol sums up this beer.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at the Bruery. Flat black pour with no head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate (soft, bitter, and rich), vanilla, and some alcohol heat. Taste is rich chocolate up front followed by vanilla, bourbon, and some lingering bitterness from the alcohol. Surprisingly drinkable and an improvement over Black Tuesday as the chocolate works well to mask a lot of the overly sweet malt and rough alcohol in the base beer.
markwise (4750) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to blazer06 for sharing this one. Cheers, Zack! Pours a medium to dark brown with a tan head. Nose is boozy chocolate, cocoa, more booze, some vanilla, chocolate syrup, fudge, and alcohol burn. Flavor is chocolate syrup, vanilla, booze, cocoa, fudge, and loads of alcohol. Medium to full in body and pretty silky in mouthfeel. This one is hotter than hell with booze, and I canít imagine it settling out any time soon. Maybe in the next five years or so? Still enjoyable and complex for a sipper.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally landed a bottle of this monster and just in time for my 28th Bday. This had a good amount of cocoa nibs and chocolate in the aroma along with a hot booziness to boot. The flavor was mostly dominated by the chocolate and the bourbon. Still probably a little too hot and Iíd like to see how this one ages. It was still a great Bday beer though.
thome50 (1229) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a small stout tasting. Pours a dark brown to black with no head and thus almost no carbonation present. Aroma is full of cinnamon, vanilla, booze and chocolate. Taste is more of the same minus the cinnamon. This one tastes like what I would think chocolate milk liquor would be. Letís you know you are drinking a high alcohol beer here. Thick and viscous in your mouth due to the lack of carbonation which isnít as off putting in this style. Overall, this isnít a beer I need to try again and something Iíd never want more than 2oz of. Hype, check.
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle thanks to BMan1113VR) very dark espresso brown pour with soapy tan edge bubbles. Really nice legs on this beer! Nose of vanilla malt balls, bourbon, cocoa, sweet! One of the only beers Iíve ever rated a 10 on the nose. Taste of vanilla extract, alcohol, sweet chocolate, malt balls, cream, and alcohol. More malt balls in the finish, with a vanilla linger. Delicious! Not quite as good as the original though in Black Tuesday, but comes close.
orangesol (977) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Served on-tap at the Bruery Line Party...I mean R.S. initiation party. Reviewed from notes.
A - Pours black as the devils soul with a small tan film of head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light wisps of lacing down the glass.
S - Holy sweet heat batman. Tons of rich chocolate sweetness, vanilla, sweet malt, and bourbon heat. The alcohol is strong but it blends in quite well with all the other strong flavors. Very nice overall balance, all things considered.
T - Lots of chocolaty sweetness up front never really fading throughout consumption. Hints of vanilla, sweet malt, and strong bourbon help round things out. Finish is a mix of sweetness and bourbon, lingering for some time. This stuff is awesome. I canít wait to see what a little bit of time in the bottle will do to it.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thick, sticky sweet, feel with plenty of lingering sweet heat in the finish.
D - Finally a beer that lives up to its own hype. I made sure I got a pour as soon as I walked into the party and I was glad I did. I enjoyed the overall mix of sweet chocolate and warm bourbon. One of the best stouts I have ever had. Glad I have a bottle of this in my cellar.
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off, oh my god. Eternal thanks to Bob for this one. It pours a dark molasses esque brown in color and poured very thick and syrupy. It smells like sweet chocolate syrup with a touch of roasted malts. Itís awesome and very well integrated. It tastes of sweet yet not cloyingly sweet milky chocolate with a touch of coffee. The bitterness at the end is light and compliments the sweetness quite well. It drinkable thick and syrupy but drinks well for the size of this monster. Great beer. I almost hate when beers live up to the hype like this one does. Phenomenal beer, and actually a nice upgrade of Black Tuesday.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to Mike for a perfect beer to end the night with... pours a medium brown, shocked how much lighter than black tuesday this is, medium tan head is gone right away... smells like a chocolate brownie, super decadent, no alcohol or vanilla... tastes just like it smells, tons of chocolate, cocoa nibs all over this, no vanilla again, a bit rich to drink a ton of but still enjoyable and very drinkable for the abv
JorisPPattyn (8430) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
No head, jet-black beer. Chocolate≤ to the point of appearing to be chocolate kept molten and liquid, but cool. Wow! Sweet chocolate, with bitter chocolate and cocoa lurking below. Tastes as Chokotoff, a Belgian chocolate toffee speciality that its foreign owners will take out, to the detriment of the product - weíll drink this instead. Light saltiness initially, then the molten chocolate takes over utterly. Utterly... warming and attaching. Patrick, how do you do it? Grandiose to put Chokotoff in a bottle. Grand Merci ŗ Evan & Matt!