TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, dark and ominous, with a frothy brownish head, decent sized and dies to a thicker film, laces small. Aromas are roasty and cocoa, a lot of bakers chocolate, toffee, and roasted malts. Some coffee, anise, and biscuits. Initial is heavier bodied, a healthy roast and toast, earth and coffee, some ash. Cocoa comes in into the middle with chocolate, dark and sweeter caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Touches of anise, dark fruit. Finish is toffee, roast, and cocoa, dry roasty earthy coffee. Nice.
dcschiller (1994) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2011 (22oz bottle via trade). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma has hard candy, alcohol, hops and dark chocolate. Taste is semi-sweet with loads bitterness. This beer is hot! Medium bodied with slick texture. Dry, bitter finish. Much hoppier than I expected especially since this had some age on it.
tastybeer (1313) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pour is pitch black with a good tan head with a short lived retention. Aroma is bittersweet chcolate, coffee, roast. Flavor is intense chocolate, coffee, more roast. Palate is chalky, bitter.
darn1207 (1702) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- tasting at drowlandís place: roasted cocoa aroma. milky bitter cocoa. long bitter finish. 7.2
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful appearance. Velvet like with a thick frothy head. Honey and chocolate covered cherries that I buy every Christmas is what this beer reminded me of. I loved it. This was quit the surprise.
alexsdad06 (3040) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has a nice roasted malt with chocolate, cocoa and hints of coffee. The flavor opens with a nice cocoa. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and touches of coffee. Good mouthfeel. This was pretty straight forward, but I like that sometimes.
jcr (1946) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Black body with some mahogany highlights. Frothy, beige head, rapidly diminishing. Dark chocolate dominates the aroma and taste. Aroma also includes notes of roasted malt, alcohol and vanilla along with a hint of earthiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly bitter, the bitterness lingering well into the aftertaste. Medium to full body, velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Good balance between chocolate and coffee roast.
dchmela (2405) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Juiceisloose for the taste. Pours thick and black. Great big chocolate, bitter and hoppy aroma. Taste is heavy on the bitter chocolate and bitter hops. Lots of things going on, but not quite blending together well.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Azurelimits for sharing this bottle. Served in a tulip.
Pours black with a single-finger tan head. This quickly recedes into a thin collar around the edges, though no lacing remains on the glass. The nose brings quite a bit of dark chocolate as well as some roast. A bit of a creamy, milky character in the nose as well. The taste brings some more chocolate and a lot of roast. The feel is quite dry with a roasted finish. Itís also a bit harsh with some bitter astringencies there a well. Oddly, this actually gets less appealing as it warms and I didnít particularly wish to finish my pour.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010
radagast83 (3098) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared from 22oz bottle. Poured a pitch black, with a dark tan medium sized head. Roasted malts, molasses, alcohol heavy. Surprisingly drinkable. A bit bitter, molasses, dried fruits, notes of sugar.