noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-black pour with a tall, reverse-cascading tan head with an oily sheen, leaves a generous lacing, at points glass coating. Toasty aroma, more coffee-like than anything else, slightly burnt and bitter. Flavor runs bittersweet, toasted bread with a hint of caramel running underneath, coffee aromatics, vanilla, and a slightly fruitiness (pineapple?) floating above. Full bodied, infinitely smooth, lingering flavors of vanilla and toast.
574deadzone (757) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fairly translucent dark brown from the bottle, appearing black in the glass with a fairly thick khaki head that settles to a ring and leaves spotty lace. Nose involves roasted malt, toasted notes, chocolate, earthy hops, dust, and vanilla. Quite sweet, fairly bitter. Rich but thinner side of medium bodied, silky, pretty actively carbed, tingly, sticky, with a chocolaty bitter finish. Pretty enjoyable if a bit lacking body-wise. Bottled Feb ’13.
CanIHave4Beers (2756) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Dexter’s in Madison.
Pours basically black with a small tight head and nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma is funny, in a sort of malt extract kind of way... more pleasant notes include chestnut, ash, light coffee... mild chocolate. Pretty ok smelling all around.
The flavor is really nice, rich and roasty with some sweetness up front and plenty of bitterness to back that up. Not overbearing, but very flavorful, pretty well balanced, pretty grate.
XmnwildX12 (2071) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Floyds, Black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of oatmeal dominates, backing choc/coff. Taste chocolate, oatmeal finish, creamy body.
jebert (439) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a small tannish head mostly dissipating. Nose is coffee and molasses. Exceptionally smooth and creamy, this brew is full bodied and full of dark molasses, coffee, dark chocolate and malt flavors with a very light hop suggestion. An excellent beer for its style, it pairs well with pan fried bluegills and hash browns with onions.
devman171 (496) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just ate a cupcake, pours black with low carb, aroma is chocolate and heavy roast. Taste is smooth with a nice bitter roast and slightly sweet finish.. Good one
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with an ample cream head and lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate and grain. Taste is light chocolate, roast, and water. Thin palate and watery. Not a fan of this one.
fidemaster (251) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick black color. rich pillowy head. Rich smell of coffee. It starts out with a great combination of coffee, chocolate, malts, and oatmeal. Finishes very bitter. Overall I feel it could be a top beer if it was a touch sweeter and creamier, but less bitter. The bitter finish is a bit too overpowering. Really a very good beer.
barbarino2000 (67) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The thin-ness and carbonation detracts from the taste. It's not terrible. It's just not what I was hoping for. Kinda plain, in my opinion.
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Scipio (591) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an inky, oily looking black with a minimal, although long lasting tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, and just hints of licorice. The taste is plenty of malts, more earthy actually. There is still a healthy amount of chocolate, especially in the aftertaste. The chocolate aftertaste is rather subtle, but it does linger in your mouth. I still find very subtle impressions of licorice. This is a bit sweet as well. The body is medium, while it has a smooth, creamy texture. Carbonation is limited. Very easy drinking here, although I get the feeling it might be a bit stronger than I realize.
JK (4156) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Firkin Fest 2013. Black of course. Thick. Some oak, and I think I taste a little whiskey. Rich, roasted malt. Solid