AdamJackson (3262) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Acquired in a trade, 375ML 2012 vintage
A - Pours midnight black, viscous, no head.
S - licorice and roasted espresso beans
T - Very creamy finish, nice sweetness throughout, lots of roasted barley, sort of peaty with a hint of chocolate.
M - Thick but not boozy or oily
O - A very standard RIS. No flavor really stands out, baseline, would be interesting to put the thick viscous RIS in a bourbon barrel.
snoworsummer (2858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours very dark opaque brown with very little tan head. Sour, tastes like grapefruit, raisins, and red wine. Smells like fermenting fruit with hints of caramel. Light body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4044) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, plums, grapes, light spicy booze, and floral hops. Flavor is roast and chocolate malts forward with supporting dark fruit esters, ash, floral hops, vanilla, and light booze; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
DrSilverworm (7797) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, shared by Jimmy. Clear dark red color. Thin light brown head, good lace. Bigger body. Lighter, crisp carbonation. Body is a little thin, no chewiness, but I don’t really mind it. Good big roasty flavor, dark chocolate. Big bitter, minimal sweet. Alcohol not noticeable.. Lighter body makes this very easy to drink, for 10%. Nice bitter, bold stuff.
maxwelldeux (4035) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with a moderate light brown head on it. Nose is a little bit roasty, but actually quite peppery. Taste is also rather spicy with a nice bit of dry bitter roasting underneath. Interesting... the pepper adds an unexpected and unique dimension.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with almost a finger of tan head that persists as a thin covering. Smells of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark plum, hints of molasses and leather. Tastes of bitter chocolate and treacle are expected, but there is a citrus hop flavor beneath the surface that surprises. The bitterness from the hops and slight astringency from the roasted malts combine for a very bitter finish with a drying impression. The nose gets a little boozy as it warms, but for 10% ABV the alcohol stays well-hidden throughout. Dangerously drinkable RIS.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Justin. Absolute crap when put up against the likes of Blackout Stout. Sort of tart, sour ruined it. Had almost a bright cherry aspect that absolutely put me off. Ugh.
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JStax (3397) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Poured a dark brown with a light khaki colored head of thick foam. The aroma is roasty and chocolaty with a tart coffee nuance. Taste is roasty, dry, weirdly sour. I’m pretty sure this is infected. Dammit.
valpoaj (659) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged bottle pour - black with a small dark tan head - quite pretty - head quick recedes into a patchy film. Aroma is sweet, dark malt, dark fruit, chocolate and hint of booze. Flavor has loads of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel malts, raisin, and ends with some booze. Palate is a bit thin, but not marking down as I’m probably past the prime of this beer. Interesting beer - would like to try fresh someday...
dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from ’08ish. Pours black, frothy chocolate head. Chocolate roast nose. Milde caramel, sweet sugar, chocolate and lots of truit. Raisin. Solid, but missing something in the middle.