Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is notes of sweet and dark chocolates and a bit of bourbon, so smooth. The beer pours dark chocolate with a dark caramel head that fades quickly. it tastes so smooth for such a high ABV, roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon notes are all over this medium bodied light creamy porter.
coldbrewky (1567) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and caged bottle via Patelís rip and run... Been a looking at me from the fridge for a month now... Pours black and viscous with just a bit of carbonation initially. Head rolls and builds after gentle pour so watch out. head is big and brown. Large body smacks of oak then licorice with a nice crisp backing of chocolate and black patent malts. Booziness grows as beer warms a bit but does not get out of hand. Finish is equally slick and forgiving. Feeling the 13% after consuming this during a rest from shoveling gravel. The Crooked line series are all solidly grand beers and worth the money.
SudsMcDuff (7519) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark room black, light foam .. . roast and berries mostly- and the abv is very well masked .. . i like the label, i enjoyed this but needs that little extra to make it great .. . cheers .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqnWyG9jxcs
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by javib458. Pours with a deep black body with a small tan head. Aromas are roasty, raw wort, caramel, alcohol and a little bit of cocoa. Smells like raw wort (underattenuated). Flavors are sweet, roasty, bitter, oak, licorice, some alcohol. A bit harsh. Some astringencies. A bit too sweet for me as well.
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. black with a large dark brown head. aroma of sweet dark fruits and chocolate. flavor has lots of graham cracker, toasted malt, honey flavors. notes of oaky vanilla. donít notice much licorice. full body and incredibly smooth. impressive.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: † Thats friggen black, very stout looking, head huge and brown, with nice lacing. † Heavy roast, alcohol, cocoa, and some bright Oak on the nose. † Wow, thats some heat up front, and in the back. † Strong roasted malts, sweet, a little milky even, with heaps of barrel aging in this one. † Seems borderline Imperial Stout, and at 13.2% who wouldnít think its not. † Decent body and mouthfeel, luckily not too cloying. † Rich roasty finish, warming, VERY warming. † Also some burnt coconut with this one. † Some lingering acridness after the finish makes this one a little harsh still. † Maybe with some time. † Right now, a decent bruiser thats masquerading as an Imperial Porter.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, molasses, coffee, some licorice hints, spicy, touches of chocolate. Tastes of rich, dark roasted malt, some tarte touches, oaky, spicy, peppery with a touch of alcohol on the finish.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
big bottle someone brought and shared at the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of ash and coffee. Taste is of chocolate, roast malt and ash. Mouthfeel is creamy, yet hot from alcohol.
mixmasterob (1018) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a pillowy dark brown head. Stuck around for a bit. Aroma was full of dark roasty malts, molasses, lightly sweetened cocoa and some licorice. DIdnít get much an oak character. Maybe some light vanilla as it warmed a bit. The flavors were hitting on all cylinders. So smooth and well rounded. Light roast, creamy chocolate, a touch of sweetness, and a lingering licorice/coffee like bitter finish. Good bit of heat in the finish as well. Smooth as can be. Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation light. Overall damn good.
alexjucla (20) - - APR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black. Like, literally black. The most opaque beer Iíve ever seen, and Iíd wager I wonít see another as dark anytime soon.
Almost no head, just a ring of brown foam floating at the top.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light; probably the alcohol is thinning it up a bit. The carbonation is very soft. Not a flat beer, but no exuberance either.
Taste has an interesting, almost smoky background. This probably comes from the barrel aging, as I donít think it has any smoked malt in it but it does taste like it. I didnít pick up the licorice at all. Chocolatey, toasty notes and that dark, earthy smokiness are the main characters of the taste.
Overall, a bit of a disappointment but would make a nice dessert beer or aperitif.