MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared blind by cptnspeed1, thanks Brad! Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Looks fantastic. Aromas of brown sugar, roast, and sweetness. Taste was the same with all components working well together. I liked this one a lot, but not sure if it is worth the price point.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk at the Danish Invasion tasting. Thank you very much! Deep black, just a touch of brown highlight, thin beige head. Lovely nose, slight piney hops, coffee grounds, hints of vanilla, ovaltine malts. Lovely smooth front, hint of dark chocolate, very slight vanilla, ovaltine, earthy hops. Surprisingly bitter finish, nice roastiness. Very mellow, very rounded. Lovely.
cgarvieuk (14680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ...deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast malt ... light pine hop nose ... zezty roast malts ... big roast ... heavy malts ... quite a lot of pine ... juicy malts ... chocolate and molasis ... light bitterness ... nice if a little buttery
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by cptnspeed1..thanks Brad! - Drank this one blind. Big black body with a huge foamy tan head. Nose is medium roast, molasses, and a slight nuttiness. A touch of sweetness, but this is mostly pretty dry. A bit of oak. Has a nice molasses and sweet corn syrup taste, with medium roast and a dark chocolate base. Sweet. Big thick body with a nice carbonation. I’m glad I tried this blind because i had no preconceptions on it. Good stuff.
maneliquor (3154) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a small dark tan head leaving sticky lacing clinging to the glass once the head dies down. Nose is an amazing balance of sweetness and mocha tones. Lots of booze and intensity mix well with notes of creme brulee, vanilla, coffee, dark cocoa and a touch of smoke. Nose is unbelievably appealing. The sweetness adds the slightest note of smooth vanilla ice cream and it works so well. The taste doesn’t have as much sweetness, instead focuses on heavy cocoa and coffee tones. Thick mocha like with a touch of vanilla and smoke. Finishes quite boozy which is to be expected at almost 14%. Very big and intense brew but with a good amount of drinkability for something so big. Full, heavy mouth feel which flows well from the sweetness and soft, prickly carbonation. I try not to buy into the hype over beers but I really think this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Should age beautifully
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! He’s been holding on to this for me. Pours a deep, opaque brown color with about a centimeter of dark tan head. There is a creaminess that initially pops out of the aroma, quickly followed by roasted malts, root beer, dark chocolate, toast, and molasses. Flavor of roasted malts, charred wood, brown sugar, molasses, earthy hops, dark chocolate, and pine. Medium-full bodied, with a roasty, bitter mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The aroma didn’t wow me here, and I was prepared to be pretty disappointed, but the flavor was solid. I still like each of the parts better than the sum.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thought about this for rating 2,000...glad I chose to go a different direction! Beautiful squid ink body with a light khaki head that left ringlets all the way down the glass. Aroma was subtle chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor is uncomfortably sweet...eye-crossing, in fact. Lots of vanilla bean, brown sugar, touch of molasses, & slight brownie batter. A little hot. The individual components are definitely better than the sum of their parts. Not sure how Mikkeller, 3 Floyd’s, Surly, & Struise would settle on this. I know my expectations might have been high but, come on!
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours black with some tan head that quickly dissipates. Aromas are toffee, caramel, and coffee. Tastes are roasted malt, toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and some raisin. Body is full with average carbonation. Very complex and it keeps changing through the long finish. Very well done beer for a blend. Glad I was able to try this one.
JoePeesie (865) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a jet black with tan head. They choice a great selection of beers to blend for their 15th anniversary. Each beer adds to the complexity of this tasty treat. There is a nice amount of oaky woody bourbony taste. The coffee and chocolate shine thru nicely. This beer was as good as the hype, not something I usually say.
_honus_ (11) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a half inch of tan head that dissipates quickly. Dark mocha color and big boozy legs. Nose reeks of roasted coffee beans, sweet dark chocolate, and noticeable alcohol. Taste is immediately reminiscent of the beer geek brunch, primarily roasted bitter coffee with big chocolate notes and a hint of vanilla. The finish is characterized primarily by the high alcohol. Low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that lingers. I actually prefer this over the beer geek brunch, but it seems to be all that I can taste (or at least think about) when I sip it.