keithsheath (2) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an oily black with a finger of caramel colored head. Aroma is rich with dark fruit amidst chocolate and a subtle twist of brandy oak to round it out. Taste is more of the same, with a strong presence at the beginning from the cherries, which mellows out into chocolate, vanilla, oak, and brandy. Palate is surprising light for such a monster of a beer, but I enjoyed the smoothness to balance such an intense beer.
Overall this beer was incredibly unique and enjoyable and I look forward to enjoying another bottle a year from now.
beastiefan2k (2693) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Schooner at brewery. Brown head sticks around. Aroma has a cocoa aspect and fortunately not sweet or boozy. There is an herbal licorice aspect and an light astringent roasted character. Mouthfeel starts off thick and ends lighter with some sparkling carbonation. In the flavor, I am again happy with low sweet and alcohol. A good cocoa fumy flavor. Again an astringent roasted malt attenuating my enjoyment.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ Tasting ][ ][ Snifter ][ 11.09.14 ]
Jet black, thin creamy white head. Sugary diacetyl nose, stinging and sweet. Flavor is heavy marshmallow, stinging across mid, thin chocolate aging with heat through the sweet, gritty end.
Iphonephan (3899) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle at the DC Pre-Turkey Day tasting on Nov 9, 2014. Pours black with a tan head. Flavors of licorice, dark cherries and chololate. Nice.
solidfunk (4782) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roast caramel and some dark chocolate. Black pour with ok head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Thick pour. Bottle.
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the RateBeer DC Tasting. Black with tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, dates, prunes and figs with earthy hops and vanilla. Flavor is dark malt dominant, light vanilla notes, light hops and bitterness, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Travlr (14454) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear dark maroon color. Nice aroma of rich dark chocolate brownies. Taste is dark brandied cocoa, vanilla. Delicious.
Maltser85 (333) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, just wow. Black pour with an amazing mocha head. Aroma of molasses, vanilla, slight brandy and generic stout notes. Taste is sooo decadent. Slight chocolate, slight coffee, molasses, big yet integrated vanilla, and an amazing vinous sweet brandy presence. It coats everything else and brings it all together. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin, but still works wonderfully. Simply amazing. Thanks to MikedR for this one.
jsnicholas (311) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22oz $15): Bours a dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is toasted malts and brandy. Taste is the same and some slight chocolate. Body was between light and medium. Very smooth. Would get again.
mikedR (1453) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stunning. Perfectly barreled. Slight brandy notes. Strong slightly sweet non roasty stout base. Slight vanilla infusion. Just superbly well done.