Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received in a trade but I forget who was awesome enough to send me this bottle. I’ll update if I remember. Either way, thanks alot! This bottle was shared with AndyReynolds and Ewestern.
I had read many mixed reviews before acquiring this bottle, so I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into it. However, it took nothing more than the first sip to shatter the idea of any negativity surrounding this brew. Pretty much straight up awesome in every aspect. The combination of the four base stouts really lends to a unique complexity. I know it doesn’t contain any Kate the Great, but as I drank my glass, that’s what it really reminded me of. It seemed to have a lot of that chocolate graham cracker and roasted malt quality that I remember from my KtG sample a few years ago.
I fell victim to the hype and love this beer.
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate and roasted malt with some huge coffee character. The flavor is very similar. I get some heavy coffee as well as some chocolate, roasted malt and cream. There is also some nice vanilla character as the beer warms up. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This stout has it all. Excellent.
Errl (1574) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle..Pour is thin fading white head..Nose is spice, chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, smooth..Taste is chocolate, fudge, spice, dry, some sweetness...#beergang #craftbeer #ratebeercrew #ratebeer #bottleshare #sharegang
Ataraxia (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark fruit, leather, earth, tobacco, cocoa powder, oak, and slight umami. Light sweetness with a woody vinous follow through. Lively, full bodied, but not too heavy. Reminiscent of Darkness.
tdoyledesign (173) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with minimal head. Very faint aroma with only vanilla coming through. Taste is a little carbonated with a smokey finish in the palate. Very good and smooth palate. Smoke, coffee and a hint of chocolate.
thomas15 (683) - USA - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate coffee roasted malt, bourbon vanilla. Some dark fruit but barely. Appears the darkest brown, little to no head. Spotty lacing is spotty. Taste is char, chocolate, some coffee only slight roast. Delicious.
baraciisch (1812) - USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour with tan head... Aroma of ethanol, dark chocolate, roasted malts... Flavor is dark chocolate, prunes, dark fruits, coffee... Espresso and bitter chocolate on finish, almost peppery finish... Amazing
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
craftycarl21 (2220) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, big thanks to Greg for sharing! Gorgeous rich black velvet pour, dense brown head. Nose and flavor are really impressive considering the age this one has on it; coffee from the Mikkeller offering still shines through, but then the aging prowess of the other 3 components comes to the fore. The sweetness of the Dark Lord holds, with chocolate ganache and vanilla, but it’s tempered by the roasty bitterness of Darkness and a drop of dark fruit from the de Struise brew on the finish. Complex and luscious. Yeah, I’d drink it again.
wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
’14 B-day tasting party. From an old trade. Thick, deep black-darker and more viscous than the ’11 Dark Lord I had side-by-side. Going off memory of the other beers, felt like this showcased mostly Darkness. Noticeably less sweet than the Dark Lord. Burnt malts, dark cocoa on the nose, some booze. Slightly astringent, bit ashy, but still good dark chocolate flavors and prune as well. All in tasting preferred the DL slightly.
bookman10 (637) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one in storage for awhile. Pours a dark, oily black with minimal, tan head. Complex aromas--some dark fruit (plum? prune?), chocolate, coffee, more than a little alcohol/booziness. Flavors include all of those, along with nuttiness and some leather. Quite noticeable alcohol taste. Smooth on the palate, but with a bitter finish. Glad I got to try one of these.
brystmar (1238) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 Baker’s chocolate, deep roastyness, alcohol on the back end, warming as it descends. Decent, but lacks depth and complexity.