PhillyCraft (5113) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample tried at Pour House day after event. Poured deep and dark black. Small to medium head and lace. Aromas and flavor are chocolate, roasted malt, coffee roast, toffee, licorice. Lots of sweet and rich notes to this scratch brew. Medium bodied. Enjoyable
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Pourhouse for the Mad Elf party. Aroma is roasted coffee and slight bitter dark chocolate. We thought that there was coffee in here to be sure. Pours black with a small deep brown but dry looking head. Taste is SO roasty. Roasted coffee, walnut shell, dark chocolate, and just a hint of malty sweetness at the end. Very dry and roasty throughout. This was a slow sipper. Love it.
jsmerig (1437) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at the brewery in Hershey, PA. Pours black with a dark tan foamy head. Aroma of licorice and roasted coffee. Unbelievably the beer tastes of birthday cake... at first. This is soon followed by a deep gradually building bitterness that becomes more "hoppy" as the flavor fades. The 2013 version indicates 9.1% ABV with 140 IBU. Surprisingly drinkable.
kramer (5691) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very deep black body with a great frothy and foamy dark brown head that had excellent retention and left lots of sticky lacing. The nose is big and intense with tons of roast and chocolate, some heavy burnt caramel sweetness, and a light hint of alcohol. This is one of the thickest and most intense aromas I’ve smelled in a long time. Reminds me a lot of Bell’s Expedition. The flavor is similar as well, rich and intense roastiness with a nice burnt caramel sweetness in the background. Some moderate burnt malt and hop bitterness on the finish. There’s a bit of alcohol present, but rather well kept in check for such a huge beer. Pretty great stuff, very much reminds me of Expedition. Would have liked to keep a few of these in the cellar for a few years and see what happens, but I drank 5 of these before this bottle I’m rating.
emacgee (4550) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clean and sharp inky black with two fingers of dense creamy dark tan head. Nose shows lots of dark fruit and anise, licorice and fruit skins abound. Some acidity and deep roast. Flavor is very sharp and abrasive. Lots of ashy/acrid burnt grain with some bitter chocolate. Dark fruit skins and spent coffee grounds. Very acidic and brash. Full medium body on the finish. Sharp with some warming alcohol.
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours heavily carbed, big roast and chocolate, abv is very well hidden, very smooth
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, dark brown head & lace with good retention. Super roasty nose, touch of hops accent. So dark & chocolatey. Silky and smooth until the very end when the alcohol spears the back of my throat. Quite nice otherwise.
tgncc (3073) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Via trade with Bmart. The aroma is sweet, caramel, chcolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, and a bit of bright citrus. The appearance is deep black, tan head, oily lacing in glass. The flavor is like the aroma, chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of oak or wood, with a tad of citrus. The finish is chocolate, roasty, pine, citrus. Thick in body, chewy. Very, very nice.
dmac (5167) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to Ed5388, thanks bro. Poured a thick oily deep dark black with a smaller foamy dark mocha colored head. Aroma is probably one of the weaker things about this beer. Notes of oily chocolate, burnt dark chocolate, root beer, cola, soy sauce, nicotine, some green veggies. Big full body with softer carbonation and no noticable heat at all. Flavor of burnt dark chocolate, dark fruit and nuts, slight oxidation, vanilla extract and hint of roasted coconut. Great beer thanks Ed.
Ed5388 (2968) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick creamy mocha colored head. Aroma of chocolate, fudge brownies, dark fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Taste of roasted coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, with some finishing notes of grapefruit, and pine.