orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored tan head, dissipating down to a light film and then nothing at all, leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a surprising amount of citric hops and plenty of dark roasted malt. The sweeter aromas die down as it warms up and more of the roasty aromas begin to take over, along with some whiffs of booze.
T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast, chocolate and vanilla slowly giving way to hints of coffee grounds, cocoa powder and the citric hop resin. The booze is ever present, less so at first, growing stronger and stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is quite roasty with a decent amount of booze, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after each sip.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel from start to finish. The booze is mild initially growing as it sits in the glass. Very nice balance throughout.
O - One of the best scratch beers in quite some time. It has all the right flavors and while the hops are stronger than average I thought they worked well with the darker base flavors. Get this one while you can, I doubt it will be around for very long.
jsmerig (1024) - 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 (4347) - 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 (3740) - 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 (500) - 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 (971) - 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 (2497) - 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 (3505) - 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 (1224) - 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.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap blue dust. Pour is jet black with rich caramel head. Nose is overly sweet, raisin and berries dominate. Faint tobacco but lacks malt depth. Taste is chalky up front before the sweetness takes over. Tons of sugar, burnt brown sugar, caramel, berry sweetness. Body is syrupy, decent carb. Way too sweet.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate Pils. Really good thick chocolate on a lighter body and decent hop that shows through. Great drinkability. Thick brown coloured body, with minimal head. Roasted chocolate smell. Smooth mouthfeel.