Theydon_Bois (8290) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, 2012 vintage, from Capones bottle shop, Norristown PA 16/02/14.
Pitch black with a dirty tan head that dissipates to a thin covering and more substantial edgework.
Nose is dark toffee fudge, rich fruit cake, earthy cocoa, brown sugars.
Taste carries a lactic tang, dark chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate biscuits, the lactic notes mellow as the beer progresses, molasses, tobacco.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation.
Drinkable stuff but doesnít hold a great deal of depth for the ABV, not one Iíd rush back to in fairness.
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Raleigh Rare Beer: This is for the barrel aged version of it. Overall it was a nice brew but not the best in class.
KyotoLefty (6322) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Nevitt. About a year old. Nose of chocolate, coffee, raisins, orange, lots of berries. Cloudy black with a pretty brown head. Very fruity, a bit sour, berries, sour apple, chocolate, coffee. a bit too sour. A bit simple. Light body. Burnt finish.
zoucrew102 (512) - - DEC 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and coffee notes. Pours inky black with a thin, medium brown head and no lacing. Roasted malt flavor with chocolate malt flavors. Finishes dry with a bit of a coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.
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ilovedarkbeer (2278) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black brown color with a small brown head. Notes of chocolate liquor, smoke, meat, and burnt bread. Just not that good.
dinkle50 (960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour. Espresso head fades quick. Roasty aroma. A little rubbing alcohol. Huge mouth. Aroma of chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, bitter espresso and coffee. Very tasty.
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Best by 04/2012
Pours a nice black with a target shaped tan top. Smells nice with graham, chocolate, oats, some molasses, some raisin. Flavor is dark, prune, leather, toasted malts, chocolate, oats. Medium on full bodied with moderated carb and a semi dry, yet full and wet finish. A really satisfying beer. I recall having this in the past, but this is a year and a half past itís best by, a well approved time.
Best by: 03/2011 - Iím calling bullshit.
Original review 11JUL11: 3.8
A: Pours black. Three fingers of nice mocha head falls over a few minutes to a sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing. Clarity indeterminate.
S: Sweet chocolate milk, caramel, nougat. Some vitamin/mineral smells here. Some buttered toast.
T: Big olí beast here. Graham, toast, soil, malt, malt, malt. Theres is a really raw feel about this beer. Itís really nice, itís got plenty of nice and subtle flavors worthy of pointing out - but Iím not the guy to do that today.
M: Thick, low to moderate carb. really dry finish. Wish the finish was a bit more forgiving.
O: This really is a nice beer, and I imagine it would benefit from a good year in the bottle, but alas, that is not my advantage to do so. Overall, however, I think I prefer their Milk-stout.
Serving type: bottle
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle: This one poured a dark, opaque brown color. Somewhat "inky". There was a small dark tan head and no lacing. Definitely some alcohol to the nose. Lots of other aroma: chocolate, roastiness, dark fruits, yet a bit subdued. Nothing really jumping to the forefront. The taste is good and a bit interesting. A lot of flavors coming together, but nothing really asserting itself. Faint dark fruits, chocolate, a hint of roastiness. No real sweetness to it. Interesting.
Iphonephan (3187) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Rustico Novemberfest 2013. Pours black with a tan head. Roasty coffee and chocolate nose. Smoky and licorice notes. Heavy bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Roasts bitter finish.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is relatively mild, but the taste is quite interesting. There seems to be a relatively strong IPA like presence, very tasty.