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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 97   EST. CALORIES: 312   ABV: 10.4%
"Since the dawn of time it has been mankind’s dream to blot out the sun." -C. Montgomery Burns 97 IBU 10.4%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Approximately half of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-9-16. Thanks to iradog for sharing. Pours dark brown with a moderate amount of beige head. Produces good lacing. Bitter coffee and chalk scents. Astringent smell. Bitter, dry, roasted malt flavor. Coffee with milk taste. Reminiscent of a double black IPA. Quite bitter. Lively and silky in the palate. Medium to full body. I’m not thrilled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1836) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2016
22oz bottle pours a thick black color with a bit of tan head. Lots of hoppiness and caramel flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfhennig (278) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Thick black pour, brown head that fades quickly leaving a good amount of lacing. Aroma is heavy roast, coffee and some cocoa. Flavor follows, with a mildly bitter finish. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11492) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Sample at Daily Growler UA during the "Epic 3 Year Anniversary Party + Food Truck(s)" event on 12/17/2015. Inky black color with a medium thick foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Full-bodied with a roasty malt and coffee character and notes of piney hops and vanilla in the background. The finish is chocolate malt up front with a hoppy aftertaste. Solid beer all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (4293) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Pint draft from Daily Growler, UA during 3rd anniversary party: blackish pour with thin ring of tan head. aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. tastes are surprisingly hoppy, backed by roasty, chocolate, caramel, citrus. only faint licorice which is good by me. easy drinking and really well balanced. finishes clean bitter and fruity. hard to explain but unique in my experience. - 8.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Sample at the Daily Growler 3rd Anniversary on 12/17/15. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Very hoppy nose of pine, eucalyptus and roast. Malty flavor with licorice accents before a pine and eucalyptus finish with the slightest touch of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2015
Draught at home - Thanks to SlackerMads. Black - offwhite head. Chocolate. Lactose. High malty. Sweet and dry. Light bitterness. Light salty. Dry bitter burned malts. Heavyish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2015
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served showing a black/brown hue, with a 1/2 " layer of frothy, tan head foam that turned persistently rocky, leaving lacing that was wavy to curtainy spray on the glass. The nose was quite resinous & piney at first, then showed roastiness, cocoa, some sweetness, and hints of earthiness & wood, after settling a bit. Full bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste continued the roast & cocoa, included moderate resinous & earthy bitterness, some sticky & syrupy texture, mellow warmth, and modest creaminess to the mouthfeel. Pricey pour, but gradually found it a fair investment after each tasty sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmahut (1843) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours in black oily body with medium tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolaty, toffee and caramel. Taste has a pretty strong pine bitterness with a strong creamy chocolate sweetness to balance it out. Little bit acidic in the after taste, some vanilla in the finish. Body is full, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Molasses and mild roast build a pancake around this big brew’s bursting resinous hops, leading to green hop bitterness and a burnt sugar aftertaste.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the blackness.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-Flavor profile is balanced in the intensity.
-Mouthfeel is surprisingly not too heavy.


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