DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours absolutely raven black, almost shiny, with a HUGE 5-finger dark brown head. Nose is roasty dark malt, dark choc, vinous dark fruit, peat, nuts. Tastes of dark choc, malt, figgy fruit, some blackberry, and substantial hops. Some oaky notes as it warms, and gets a bit astringent late, but stays very rich and complex throughout. Very good.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black with a big rocky and fizzy brown head. Weak aroma of licorice and roasted malts. Sweet with lots of alcohol. Long warming finish.
Ibrew2or3 (6889) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of thejon375. It pours deep darkness with weak brown head. The aroma is black licorice, some dark roasted malts and a layer of earthiness. The taste is bright and tingly with carbonation pushing up notes of sweet black licorice mixing with dark roasted to burnt malts. It ends dry with dark roasted malts and prickly carbonation.
Arayaga2 (1783) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a brown crema head. Aroma is grapey with gentle roast and additional vinous notes.. Taste is the same and spicy with peppery roast notes, hops and carbonation. Alcohol is a bit hot into the finish, but it still goes down smooth and viscous. $8/750
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Tiny" is a nice name for this giant. Not only was the bottle 1 PINT 9.4 OZ, but the ABV is 11.8%. It went down smooth and creamy, but I was definitely breathing alcohol fumes after each sip. Yum. Sweet, malty, and toasty.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to thejon375 for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Nose is roast, malt, licorice, and earth. Flavor is about the same with a medium body and a sense of insecurity. It is somewhere between Old Heathen and Thirteen.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell of figs, sweet dark fruits. Belgian candy mixed with a sweet roasted malted-ness. This is one sweet stout. Not in a chocolaty way, but it has a supreme dark fruit sweetness that embodies it flavor.
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Clear dark brown, no head or lacing. Aroma of chocolate/cocoa. Taste is smooth cocoa with a smoke edge. Straightforward.
DialSquare (2656) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big corked bottle from Market Square. Deep black pour with a huge foamy tan head - very sturdy. Aroma of sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, nuts and berries. Taste is a sweet mash of the same backed up with booze, earthy hops and spices. Definitely comes through with some wine-like vibes. Heat is definitely noticeable, but doesn’t detract. Texture is a fantastic silky medium to thick - knife and fork stuff. Overall, a lot going on - a bit muddled - but still very enjoyable sipper. Need to age one.
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours a watery, opaque black with zero head. Nose is sweet, brown sugar, nuts, dark toasted bread, light coffee. Flavor is sweet, very malty, coffee, lots of coffee, light black cherry, cola. Finish is very astringent and dry.