Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled shared with P (many thanks to Pawola22). The whole may not be better than any of its individual parts, but its is still very good. Itís almost nostalgic in a way. A very creamy pour, with a wispy, tan head, and deep deep brown-black body thats not oily as one would expect. The aroma is roasty, as the coffee from Beer Geek is quite prominent. Also, herbal hops, ester fruits, fruity hop, and some powdery cocoa. Thereís subtle funky sour to one as well, which seems to be from Black Albert. Iím a big fan of that characteristic. Aside from the obvious strength of the beer, the body is fairly smooth, lighter feeling than expected, well bittered, roasted, and powdery but not heavily sweet. Also, some funky fruitiness in there as well. Specific notes of roasted coffee, ester fruits, bitter herbal hops, and milky cocoa. The finish is a great combo of hop and roast. Thereís only a tad bit of muddling of flavors, as I kind of expected, but that doesnít distract from the overall production. So again, this was a fun one to drink, but not as good as the individuals. Still a great stout.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle] shared by dalzale, Armin, and Caleb. Thanks guys! Pours viscous deep brown with a diminishing tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, sweet milk chocolate, just a touch of soy, a little coffee, some booziness. Flavor is quite hot, chocolate, booooooozy, sweet front but very bittersweet on the finish, chocolate and coffee. This would be a lot better with a bit less booze.
CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with the MN crew. Thanks guys! Pour is a slightly hazy dark brown, verging on black, with a spare mocha head and very little lacing. Aroma is wet coffee grounds, slightly herbal/vegetal hops, fair bit of sweet dark fruit, and a fair bit of chocolate syrup. Touch of smoke comes through as it warms. Taste is lots of sweet and chocolaty dark fruit, a bit of coffee grounds. Syrupy mouthfeel, and fairly hot. Trying a bit too hard.
DalzAle (1847) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to SnobbyBeer! Thin black pour, very little carbonation and a slightly boozy peat/chocolate aroma. Flavor is peppery coffee, more bitter chocolate, green pepper and finishes earthy and very hot. Good beer, but I think Iíd rather have all these beers separately instead of blended.
arminjewell (5233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is thick black out of bottle with thin tan head, aroma has notes of big citrusy hops, big coffee notes, caramel, chocolate, and toffee notes, booze comes through with a fairly significant retronasal burn, hints of dark fruit, plum and raisin notes in there. Taste is some nice coffee from the beer geek brunch, hints of dark fruit mixes with toffee, vanilla, and sweet burnt sugars, touch of chocolate and cocoa powder in there, touch of roast but goes back to the milky sweet coffee notes, finishing fairly sweet, warming but fairly drying as well. Tastes much better than the aroma lets on, mouthfeel is great. Worth trying for sure!
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by the ever-generous JCB. Pours pretty much black with tan head. Thick and oily. Lovely lacing and retention. Beauty of a pour. Nose is surprisingly hoppy given the three beers that compose it. Dark, chocolately, and roasty. No real hint of real coffee (Brunch). Solid, but not in the neighborhood of the three that make it up.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from CummingsK21 - thanks, Kyle! Cool bottle and cool label (Ethan, I have it saved for you). As a fan of all of the beers in this combo, I was nervous about the propensity of blends to wash out the distinctiveness of the ingredients. And while this was a highly enjoyable impy stout, my fears were at least partly realized. Big oily pour with a modest head, carbonation settling quickly into sticky lacing. Nose of heavy chocolate, sweet malts, and some dry roasted elements in there too. While you get something of the bold chocolates of Black Albert to taste (the mouthfeel is nice and velvety in places but a bit inconsistent), the dominant member of the pack turns out to be Darkness. Very little Beer Geek roasts at all. In fact, you get a strong sense that the dry, bitter, hoppy qualities of the Surly brew may be the main thing here, but the beer nonetheless doesnít quite achieve the glory of Darkness. Turns out to be less than the sum of its parts.
tmoreau (1934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared XV Anniv. bomber, and poured to a taster with a viscous, black/ brown hue, fairly lasting, brownish tan, creamy head froth, and spots & streaks of foamy lacing. The aroma was strong roastiness, espresso & cocoa, dark fruit, silky malt, caramel, vanilla, with mollasses & brown sugar sweetness. Even with all of these expressive notes blanketing the senses, a decent, lingering hop bitterness was able to make a statement. The body was medium to full, with low carbonation, syrupy texture, and a pleasant, light creaminess to the mouthfeel. An impressive blend!
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft, Pours black tan head, nose chocolate, raisin, bread, flavors are sweet raisin, choc, bread, chocolate, licorice, pretty rich intense sweet brew, good hop bitterness here, itís young, not perfect at all, but i kind of dig it itís pretty rugged and i think a year could help it out.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at Kuhnhenn with Mike. Thanks for breaking this out. Pours near black with some red tints and tan head. Aromas of good amount of roasted malts with some cocoa. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, some hop bitterness, and caramel. Finishes dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is thinner than Darklord. Liked the base beers better than this one. Still a very solid stout.