trujahwarrior (506) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thick khaki head with great lacing. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and toffee. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, roasted malt and molasses with a little black licorice mixed in too. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with great carbonation and a dry finish. I’m glad Widmer decided to bring back this delicious beer and it seems to taste a bit better than the last batch.
cards04 (1648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice RIS. pours black with tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, and burnt malts. Flavors are burnt malts and bitter chocolate. A solid stout.
arnold931 (457) - Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark dark ruby. Tan head with nice lacing. Chocolate in the taste with some alcohol.
kathouse (935) - Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle version. Mostly a coffee aroma. Nice tan foam. Full creamy mouthful with coffee and black malt finish that remains well after the beer is gone
DocLock (7743) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Wegman’s. Pours dark blackish brown with tan head. Nose was lactic dark malts, cacao, oats, hops. Tasted medium in palate heft, with roasty dark malt, cacao, and a dry finish.
DMLINAZ (284) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Split a large bottle with relatives on Christmas, in Nutcracker glasses. Aroma is relatively mild for the style but still a nice mix of malt, alcohol, light bitterness. Pours deep black with mild lacing; a quick swirl gives a nice espresso-like ring. Taste is malts, chocolate, some anise, booziness, bitter finish. Not the best of the style but still good. It’s no Stone.
harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
A: Pours a dark brown ale, little to no head formation. Able to agitate a decent quilt of latte head. This dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.
S: Phenols, banana ester. Not sure why they released this beer. It’s a mess. Comes out way too hot. Hints of anise.
T: Astringent, alcoholic. Wow, on first taste, I’m considering pouring this one. Bitter, sharp, chemical. Not good at all.
M: Thin for the style with medium carbonation. Slicks palate with thick coat. Not a bad feel, but out of place nonetheless.
D: Very, very poor. I just poured this out. Horrible example. The brewer’s should have their wages cut for this one. Embarrassing for Widmer.
Serving type: bottle
ravens_n_beer (19) - - DEC 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a growler filled at Jason’s in Ellicott City, MD. I’m a huge IPA fan but this stout is special. Dark, rich, lots going on. From aroma, to feel to finish, nothing but satisfaction. Lingers a bit like IPA’s do. Love to savor the finish. Will need more filled for Christmas Day!
pdx77 (1267) - Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Oregon Public House. Deep black color. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted dark malts. Taste is dark chocolate, plum, licorice, and smoked roasted malts. Really smooth mouthfeel and semisweet chocolate finish.
gdubu493 (27) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank a bottle poured into imperial pint beer glass. Label said it was bottled Jan-2013 in WA. Drank in Dec-2013. Solid, dark pour. Medium head with consistency of boiling caramel. Strong nose; hints of coffee and dark chocolate, and alcohol. Bitter front end; more coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Bitter back end. Paired surprisingly well with sweet potato pie.
puboflyons (2077) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the W Series 650 ml. bottle stamped: 11:37-WA-DEC1012. It pours jet black with a modest tan head that settles back slowly and leaves a light lacing cling to the glass. The aroma is full of dark cocoa malts, dark grainy malts, rye, mild sweetness, and a touch of cherry. The body is full. The taste begins with dark malts and bitter almost boozy bite at the end. The 9.3% ABV shows through a little.