madchemist83 (48) - USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is mostly chocolate, licorice and oak. Pours dark brown, tan head that holds for some time. Taste chocolate, coffe, oak, alcohol. Itís a bit too alcohol forward .. well at 13.2%, and Iím sure itís actually more, you canít really have that against it. Overall very solid quad.
Landmonger (156) - USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark with a tan head that dies off to a thin lacing, the aroma is Chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasty the taste is coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, creamy mouth feel with some citrus and smooth finish with lingering warmth from the alcohol.
rougeau13 (2007) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black with a brownish head. Aroma of wood, roast, chocolate, licorice. Taste is rich bitter chocolate with a substantial woodiness and some fruit-like sweetness. Full bodied and creamy smooth. Nice.
Valgreen (660) - DENMARK - MAY 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ grill event, with Mads and Lukas. Pitch black, medium tan head that settles nicely, nice lacing. Aroma, roasted malts, coffee, liquorice, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, molasses, oak, little alcohol, vanilla. Taste, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice, oak, vanilla sweetness, burnt sugar. Bitter roasted aftertaste. Slightly oily mouth feel.
Lukasmh (129) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black, light brown head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, oak, some sweet vanilla. Burnt sugar? Taste dark chocolate, licorice, sweet with fresh bitter finish. Warming alcohol, but well hidden. Nice beer.
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nakedwhendrunk (2182) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed from notes and perhaps the best brew Iíve had by date from this company.
The night I had this, I poured this into a pint glass and a snifter.
The appearance was a pure jet black color with a one finger white foamy head in both glasses. The lacing was the same in both glasses as it was fairly clingy and thick.
The smell was a roasted barley and coffee that combines with a black licorice that ends up allowing a decent roasted chocolate coming about to balance it all out. Wow, what a nice complex smell to this.
The taste was bitter, roasty and sweet at different times and ends up allowing these super nice qualities to come back in the aftertaste. There is a finish and its somewhat dry and sweet.
On the palate, this one is not sessionable by any means. It sits heavy on the body with a decent carbonation running about my mouth and tongue.
Overall, American Black Ale, wow, this is a very well done beer for its style and for me.
ketchepillar (1088) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottles on 3/29/13. Beautiful pour, reminiscent of Expedition. Palate is right on par as well. Warming alcohol, but well hidden, and smooth as frack. Nice black licorice, moderately fruity, burnt flavor.
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ansermadide (1521) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With a medium-dark brown, almost orange-esque head, this black ale looks serious, roasted, strong, and requiring of your respect. The nose is roasted, yes, with heavy, syrupy sweetness that smells like itís standing up to the roast. It tastes like an imperial stout, but with a twist. Fruity notes with sugar, and perhaps a whiff of heated corn sugar. Yes, it is serious. Yes, it is roasted, and beyond those strong characters itís hard to detect much else (other than that fruity, sugary stuff). Cool.
mjhall89 (36) - - APR 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like motor oil with no head. Heavy porter with heavy flavor and a strong taste of licorice. Very sweet beer and a little boozy.
Spab (2421) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from Premier Gourment. Pours a oily black with creamy brown head. Aroma is very roasty and full of rich dark fruits, cocoa, black licorice and some gentle woodiness. Flavour is huge and rich with lost of roastiness, big on the licorice, some prune/date and chocolate and a bit of oakiness. Slick mouthfeel. Very impressive.