UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours your usual stout impenetrable black, though it does contain a good amount of tiny, dark brown bubbles which lines the sides and bottom of the glass. It briefly forms a thin, somewhat fizzy head of the same dark brown bubbles, which dies away swiftly and leaves almost no trace.
Smell: Dark chocolate, caramel, and plums well out of the glass, heavy with sweetness and more than a hint of spice.
Taste: Black licorice, heavy on the anise, opens the flavor profile, and hangs around for the entire process. Sweetness surges about beneath it, roiling with caramel notes, which mingle with plummy and cherry tones. Bittersweet dark chocolate rounds out the flavor experience, which finishes with a bit of heat and astringency (this effect oddly diminishes as the beer warms - that, or my mouth simply grew accustomed to it), and leaves a lingering aftertaste of anise.
Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, and creamy, this is definitely a stout. The carbonation is quite lively.
Overall: Aside from the heat and astringency in the finish, this is an enjoyable beer. Itís a little heavy on the black licorice flavors, but still presents a good depth and layering of flavors. Iíd have this one again.
Maarten1993 (849) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank with Masum at my place 14-12-2015. Good beer. Taste is a bit peculiar. Lots of alcohol in the taste. Roasted, bitter finish.
malrubius (2482) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Ounce bottle from not sure. Black with tiny ring and some lace. Woody boozy coffee chocolate aroma with just a touch of glue. Dark roasted chocolate covered figs and plums and coffee maple syrup sweetness with woody bitterness that lingers with chocolate. Full body oily/velvety. A little fruity for my taste but still very good.
unclemike (2853) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a l;ingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of dark chocolate, licorice, carmel and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, carmel, dark fruit and licorice with a smooth dry lingering chocolatey fruity finish.
ByTheirLimpin (263) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yup. Thatís an experience. Poured from the bottle high gloss black. Fat caramel orange head. The palate is a "choose your adventure". First go round was malty, bready yeast...and Iím sure there was a banana in there somewhere. Next trip was sweeter, syrupy with a cherry in the. And finally settled into a smooth melted chocolate goodness. Yum.
mike_77 (5062) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black and oily. Quite a sweet aroma with some hints of banana. Bittersweet dark malts and some sweeter, fruity notes too.
gr_pa (315) - siemianowice, POLAND - NOV 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, small tan. Aroma: lots of chocolate, coffee, soy sauce. Medium body, sweet. Again chocolate, caramel, some spices, alcohol.
Ferris (11034) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Dark sweet Woody malts. Jet black brown with no head. Lots of burnt sugar, dark Woody notes. Tons of flavor, no booze and a long malty, smoky Woody finish.
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hubsluvsbeer: Poured a black with brown head. Aroma is mild coffee and sweet to the nose. Taste was caramel malts, sweet, yet offset by coffee.
JefVerstraete (2754) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from De Hopduvel. Dark brown/black colour, dark foam. Soft carbonation. Sweet nose of chocolate and liquorice. Notes of coffee and caramel. Very sweet and alcoholic. Light bitter aftertaste. Ok.