ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated 4/1/13. 750ml bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color with an impressive thickness. The head is a three finger tan shade. Given its strength, Iím quite impressed with the retention of the head.
S: The nose features licorice, chocolate, vanilla, mocha coffee, and a bit of roasted barley. Rock solid, but could have used more barrel influence.
T: The opening sweetness is moderately high, with a strong chocolate/vanilla character. Some coffee and licorice notes gradually build near the finish to counteract the (strong) sugary tones. It makes for a great dessert stout, only lacking in barrel character.
M: Thick, creamy, rich, decadent...every trait I look for in an imperial stout. The booze is superbly hidden, as well. Only thing I can nitpick is the slightly-too-high finishing astringency.
O: Subjectively, I donít really like the licorice-forward tendencies this offers...but I canít deny this is a very well-made product loaded with sophistication and finesse. Still, it could have been a genuine BCBS killer if it featured stronger oak qualities.
chrislikesbeer (1) - - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours a deep black color with a thick, creamy brownish/tan head. Aroma is of oak, coffee and chocolate. Mouth feel is thick and creamy. Taste is amazing. Notes of molasses, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and oak. Pour then let sit for 10 minutes to warm a little. Flavors are out of control. Amazing beer. Would LOVE to have this on tap.
MadRobin (2075) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at at Oscarís Alehouse in Eldersburg, MD. Opaque, near black with a brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of licorice, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol and oak. Taste of licorice, alcohol burn, chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, tobacco and charred wood. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. Complex and excellent, but the alcohol is all too obvious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Mr_Abner (19) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (bottled 09/2013). Pours black with a dark beige head. Black licorice dominates the aroma, dark chocolate and some alcohol present. Medium-full bodied. Creamy, followed by a significant bitterness and light chalkiness.
Vaiz (3568) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick black pour, thick tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, some soy sauce, roasted malts and slightly spicy. Flavor is quite bitter, roasted and somewhat sweet. Huge body and very well balanced. Nice brew.
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the parentals with my dad. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big chocolatey, roasty, brown sugar, caramelized sugars, some tobacco, grapey, somewhat oaky, and leathery aroma. Taste is huge leather, tobacco, roasted malt, big cocoa notes, coffee, somewhat nutty, licorice, soy sauce, and lightly smoky with slightly bitter finish. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty tasty.
dahfoto (10) - Logan, Utah, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2014 2011 Vintage - 750 ml bottle - Aromas of coffee, chocolate, oak and dark malt. Palate of figs, licorice, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Big flavors and big nose. Alcohol very well hidden. Time has been kind to this beer. Have to get more and cellar. Not much oak here, but perhaps time has mellowed that. Damn good beer nevertheless. Great on cold winter night by the fire with some dark chocolate truffles.
jh773 (172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 5/14/14. Pitch black, thin dark brown head. Smell is dark fruit, raisin, molasses, toast, wood, licorice. Taste is smoky, dark, creamy and rich, bitter smoked/beef jerky aftertaste. Slight carbonation; long, drying aftertaste with significant warming.
popephred (257) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the bottle into my Samuel Adams glass at 57.5F. The pour produced a volatile head of milk-chocolate colored foam, requiring separate pours to fill the glass. The body of the ale is pitch black. The aroma is strong with burnt oak and alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel, with very little in the way of carbonation. A rich, sweet beer, with strong, bitter coffee notes, that linger long after the initial tasting. This black ale should be enjoyed with a contrasting edible, as the bitterness can be a little overpowering at times. While high in alcohol content, the burn only asserts itself at the end of the sip. This beer appeals to my tastes for rich, dark beers, and will receive continued consideration. Good job, SLC!
zvikar (3768) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque black with a brown head, aroma of wood, coconut, vanilla, caramel, whiskey, brandy, flavor of wood, vanilla, whiskey, coconut, chocolate and brandy, medium to full bodied. Great
Danyel (1089) - Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with deep tan head. Aroma is very chocolate, winey, rich, vanilla, raisin, dark fruit. Taste is full bodied, very rich, desserty, smooth, silky. Overall, very good.