Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown black with a half cm of cocoa colored head. Aroma is rich chocolate and figs. Taste is the same, but much richer, with slightly acidic, with alcohol warming into the finish. Alcohol is not otherwise overbearing in any way. $10/750
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
multiple bottles since this was first released in az.
pours on the black side of brown. thick and oily with a minimal light brown head.
delicious malty aroma... along with chocolate, wood, vinous qualities/fruit, coffee, vanilla and some ash.
tastes like... a lager stout?... grassy and herbaceous, roast, chocolate, charcoal, bourbon-like spices, salt and oak. it has an ashy-charcoal-burnt thing on the finish which really helps thin the full body out.
incredibly drinkable for the alcohol and outright richness. 8/5/8/5/17++
italianjohn (2490) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour dark tan head creamy and full head .... light sticky lacing aroma of black licorice and light chocolate .... taste is a little roasted with light chocolate and mostly black licorice light oak with a very dry oaky roasted black licorice finish .... abv is dangerous on this one its hidden well ..... lots of licorice in this one ... very well done
Blairgus (3336) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black w/ some dark tan head
bitter dark chocolate nose!
full body and hardly fizzy
reminds me of brewdog imperial reserve. oak aged w/ fruit, but fruit is not really big
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/05/2010. Dark black body with a small creamy light brown head. Sweet roast, coffee and vanilla aroma. Sweet coffee and vanilla flavor with chocolate and roast. Full body with moderate carbonation.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from my motherfucker Sparky - thanks, Eric! My notes say "ass-rapingly strong black beer." They say other things, but that’s the crux of the matter. Huge oily pour with a frothy beige head and super-sticky retention. Nose is strong coffee and star anise, with subtle woody notes. Body is thick and creamy, with the faint fizz enlivening things and seems to catalyze the nicely papery finish. Lots going on in the flavors, not merely wood and booze and heat. Molasses and dark red fruits, walnuts, roast coffee bean, and burnt caramel. Really interesting, and more drinkable than the massive ABV would suggest.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 2/26/11 from a 750mL corked and caged bottle, bottled on 9/2/10. Pours an oily black with a massive tan head that slowly recedes to thick and rocky lace. The nose is very roasted with a good amount of darkly roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, with light sweetness from vanilla, maple, and molasses. The flavor is fairly sweet with a good amount of vanilla, burnt brown sugar, maple, and molasses, moving to the more roasted and bitter flavors of dark malt, coffee, and dark chocolate, and a good amount of alcohol burn. The body is massive and creamy with average carbonation and a long bittersweet and heavy alcohol burn finish.
IrishBoy (3958) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from cbkschubert. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, prunes, woodiness, and alcohol. Pitch black with a small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and light bitterness. Finishes with alcohol warmth and slight bitterness.
Dorwart (2443) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin dark brown head of fine and dense bubbels from a pretty vigorous pour. Minimal carbonation. Rich and potent aroma with some dark fruit, (prunes and raisins), roasted grains, buttery sweet malts and a hint of alcohol. Pitch black in color and rather viscous. Wow, alcohol slaps you across the face and puts you in your place. Makes the gums tingle. Strong roasted grains, molasses, prunes again and some smoked malts. Finishes smokey and roasty with a lingering alcohol presance and a hint of butterscoth. A pretty strong and powerful porter.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. Pitch black pour with a nice dense long lasting mocha head. Aroma and flavor are roasty with strong coffee quality. There is a hint of hops buried beneath the coating roasted burnt malt profile, as well as a very slight touch of soy, which is a negative in my books. Full bodied and smooth. The alcohol is definitely warming my stomach quite a bit, but isn’t as hugely present in the flavor as the abv might suggest. Overall: a tasty beer, but I would enjoy it more around 9 or 10 percent abv.