arminjewell (9256) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle from 2008, 12 oz bottle is dark black with thin tan head, aroma has notes of anise, dark fruit, some chocolate and coffee, some caramel in there as well. Taste is nice dark fruit, anise, toffee, caramel, hints of coffee, finishing fairly bitter. Not bad.
Koelschtrinker (17292) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alkoholischer aber ausgeglichener dunkler Malzantrunk.Später bilden sich hier cremige Schokoladennoten, der Alkohol wird schlagartig offensichtlich und brennt in der Nase. Süßlich, vollmundig, gut. Geringfügig herb. Danke an den Doppelbock für das Bier! /12/13/13/9/13
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the big Hair of the Dog PreSale Tasting... Poured jet black with a thin, off-white head. Still lots of business here with a thick palate. Some roast and coffee and some nice eatery yeast tones. Toffee and cocoa added some balance.
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle from Beer Sommelier! Thanks Matt). Pours black with brown head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. Aroma has caramel, oats, light coffee and some alcohol. Taste is sweet with some caramael and vanilla. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Smooth finish. Pretty good and abv is well hidden for the most part.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber cellared 2+ years. very smooth and velvety on the palate. nose of cocoa and dried dark fruits and apricot. strong but very smooth, having a bit of trouble typing on my phone after drinking this!
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, stored properly for the past 2 plus years. Black as night pour with darker coffee head. Malty, chocolate aromas actually pretty sweet, no signs of oxidation. Super smooth on the palate, huge chocolate and roasted malts. Very balanced and age has done so well with this one. I would say another year or so before degredation.
fiulijn (19119) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from New Beer Distributors, NYC, vintage 2008, 2½ years old
The color is pitch black; the head is medium sized, beige, but not persistent. Very strong aroma of tar, roasted malts, liquorice, coffee, phenols. Strong body, but also strong alcohol upfront; the first flavor to pick are liquorice and tar, followed by roasted nuts and light biscuits; there is a touch of vanilla; luckily the sweetness, moderate, wins over the black malts; the final is very warming. Very good, mature.
italianjohn (2891) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour tan thin head .... aroma is chocolatey and roasted with some dark fruity belgian aspects .... taste is bitter dark chocolate and smooth, chocolatey and roasted with a dark fruit to it giving it a slightly sweet and sour taste .... roasted dark fruity finish ... little vinous qualities in this one abv was hidden well a nice treat aged well
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Never had it fresh, so I have no idea how it’s aged. Pretty sweet, lots of chocolate in it. Pretty standard big stout.