ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty, smokey, creamy, nutty and hoppy. Flavor not as complex as the aroma but still decent none the less. Light metallic finish and licorice aftertaste
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from Malt & Vine. Pours very black with a slight dark tan head. Licorice/anise aroma simply from the pour. In the glass there’s chocolate and arguably oak. Full bodied with foamy carb. Flavor is anise/chocolate. Notes of vanilla/oak. It’s lightly sweet, but somewhat bitter. Maybe near balanced. Pretty tasty thing.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, brown head. Molasses, milk chocolate, pumpernickel bread. Flavor is sweet and very malty. Lactose, molasses and sweet espresso. Nice.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Canal’s Woodbridge. Pours out well....prettymuch black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of roast, cocoa, some oak, black licorice, light molasses and some dried fruit. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy, but never over the top. Taste is very complex with some chocolate, light coffee, roast, licorice, fig raisin, oak, earth and some warming alcohol linger on the finish. Whole lots going on here in this sipper.
cgarvieuk (14176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan head ... sweet roast malts .. big toffeee ... light bourbon nose ... little over fizzy ... light charcoal front ... quite a lot of bourbon .. big roast ... little burnt coffee ... some licorice ... nice enough ... quite heavy going but really quite nice
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, frothy brown head, medium-long retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roasted, coffee, nutty, chocolate), average hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of alcohol, licorice, figs, and smoke. Flavor is heavy malt (roasted, coffee, nutty, chocolate), average hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of alcohol, licorice, oak, figs, and smoke. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a biting and drying finish, though some residual sweetness still coats the tongue. This is a nice, warm beer, though the warmth (and alcohol) could be toned down a bit to make this an even better beer.
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of sweet dark fruit, coffee & malt. Pours very dark with a beautiful dark full head. Wonderful looking beer that does not disappoint! Flavors of malts, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and slight hints of licorice and alcohol. This is a really big beer with a huge mouthfeel. Oily, sticky, great lacing, and yet still quite balanced by the alcohol, hops, and brewing skill. I would lay a bunch of this down to enjoy over the next few years. Tasted from the bottle @ 62F.
cmc619 (393) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into La Fin du Monde glass. Outstanding appearance: head is 2" and doesn’t go anywhere. Blackest bubbles I’ve seen on a beer, very interesting. Aroma is very enticing: chocolate, some coffee, tons of roast. Very clean, refreshing. I don’t know if I would have picked out licorice unless it was written on the bottle, but I can find hints of it if I try. Big, sweet, syrupy mouthfeel, with a huge kick of warmth--almost heat--at the end. Flavor is fantastic--complex with coffee beans, superdark chocolate, nice bitterness, a bit of whiskey. Sweet post-finish, after the warmth--almost too much after a few sips, as if in a sugary way. I haven’t had a beer this exciting in a while--great stuff. Solid lacing down the glass as you drink, as foreshadowed by the head. Excellent.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color with a nice dark head. The nose is sweet and sappy with licorice and coffee notes, plenty of dark chocolate and sweet raisin/plum maltiness. The flavor is balanced, lots of malts and a big body. Quite balanced in the finish with a nice chewy underlayer of licorice. Very fun strong porter, I liked it.
Miksu (4947) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival 2010. Black color with rusty head. Thick salty licorice aroma with vanilla, oak, smoke and leather. Sweet flavor with oak, licorice and chocolate. Way too much oak.