Mr_Pink_152 (1924) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Cottridge Wine. Deep stout off black, with pale tan head. Aroma has coffee roasted malt and burnt toffee. Taste has these too nice but not wow.
CVBis007 (54) - - MAR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark pour. The sweet aroma had me concerned as I prefer stouts which smell of roast, coffee, chocolate, or any combo thereof. This beer is sweet up front, but this is quickly washed away by a rush of roasted malt and coffee bitterness. It gets extra points for the surprising and delicious twist.
kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black , small grey head . Smell is bit sweet, bitter dark malts . Taste is bitter, really familiar yet weird .. Coffe / cacao in its purest form . Pure , burnt maltyness . some oat-bitterness in there as well . Finish is bitter, pure cacao with coffee-bitter undertones . As well as some very earthy hop bitterness . Truly unique so far - to me - and I quite like it . Body is rather thin, carbonation is rather high . I’d say if those 2 would be upscaled, this would be a blast !
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer #8 of 13 in blind tasting.
After years of drinking this beer I finally rated it. In the blind tasting, I got a strong fruity character, more so than any other in the beer. Slightly earthy beer, low acidity, even the dark malts were not strong. Bitter hop finish. In hindsight, this beer has changed a lot over the years but hasn’t been too interesting in a while.
In the aggregate, this finished as average as possible.
Holmen1 (3544) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra flaske på Cardinal, den nest siste denne Mandag i annen feb-15: vi har nettopp hatt Stone Self-Righteous Black ipa, og så kommer denne og topper det hele: kølsvart med beige skum. En usedvanlig rik aroma og smak av røstet malt, mørke sjokolader, høykvalitetskaffe, lakris og fruktige streif fra humlene. Alt som i den foregående, barre litt mer av alt. Laang ettersmak. Life is good.
Holmen2 (1791) - NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 23.02.15. Pitch black. Beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, American hops and pine. Similar taste. Good and interesting.
aumentm (449) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very dark beer that is good on cold nights. Good aroma and a creamy head. Nice palate with great overall taste.
LuckyDog (614) - - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice. Good roast. Moderate hops. So far I’ve liked everything I’ve had from Victory.
Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma is a bit hoppy but has an overwhelming feeling of roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. Aroma is very complex and rich. Pours black with a beige head. Taste is rich and complex of malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a hint of bitter hops. Palate is full though could be even richer. Overall a really nice beer, even though it isn’t impressive - just solid.
willisread (831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Deguchiya in Naka-meguro. Poured into a snifter. Oil slick black with a medium-sized soapy beige head. Strong hop-forward aroma with a roasted nose. Currant, raisin, prune, fennel all present with a strong toasted cacao nib and roasted coffee flavor as well. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sweet and bitter finish.