jtclockwork (5102) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of burnt chocolate malt, burnt vanilla, burnt roast coffee and burnt mocha. Light vanilla finish. Medium body.
kramer (3878) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a flat black body, completely opaque, with a nice frothy and creamy tight bubbled light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is rich and chocolatey with a great roasted malt character that doesnít smell burnt at all. Itís slightly sweet smelling with such a nice chocolate character that it smells like dessert in a glass. Smells a bit like thereís a slight note of smoke in here, but I doubt that itís smoked malt. The flavor is a pretty decent mix of slightly sweet chocolate and dry roasted malt. It seems a bit thin and lacking in body though, making it taste a little watery. I do like that itís not overly sweet though, it tastes like cocoa nibs, and not milk chocolate. Finishes with a more roasty character and little brine like salty note. Lighter bodied with soft minimal carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I think if it had a bit more body, that would help.
pineypower (2148) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Spirits. Pours out an attractive almost black brownish color with a big tan head. Aroma is of burnt bakerís chocolate, overlooked brownie mix, and some toasty notes. Taste is of chocolate, roast, some brownie mix, overlooked cake, burnt toast, with some chalky notes and some mild sweetness. Meh,
Ed5388 (521) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and some earthy tones. Taste is chocolate, hints of vanilla, caramel and roasted malt, and some roasted coffee bitterness.
tgncc (2290) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From AC Beer Fest 2013. The aroma is chocolate, cocoa-like, a bit artificial. The appearance is deep brown, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, cherry, roasty. The finish is sweet, roasty. Decent.
keanex (786) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is clear with a nice dark brown to black body. The head is tall and dense with a tan color, settling slowly into a creamy thick coating.
Aroma: The aroma leans dry with hints of cocoa, but strong aromas of either hops or a charcoal smokey aroma that comes off bitter and a touch astringent. It reminds me of peat smoke, not what I expected or want in this.
Taste: The flavor is a bit more cocoa than the aroma with more of a bittersweet presence than sweetness. Thereís a slight peat smoke flavor near the finish, but itís not overbearing. Not a fan though.
Palate: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture.
Overall: Not a fan of this. The smoke flavor throws this off completely. I wouldnít buy this again.
EithCubes (4198) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, crown only, 1pt 9.36 fl oz and mine at 6.9% abv instead of the 5% listed here.. Nose of roast and bakerís chocolate with heavy overtones of raw, roasted cocoa - reminds a lot of fire-breathing chili pepper stouts, though only by association. A little wood, and methinks that thereís a nice hop burst coming. Deep, dark brown with a foamy tanned head. Taste is sweet and chocolaty, rich and sultry but the thin and airy body detracts from that enjoyment. Vanilla is subtle and pleasant, thereís still just a touch of woodiness here (but not "barrel"), it may be that Iím confusing that with the roast. The caramel profile here is different than usual, pairs very well with the chocolate in a match not unlike a decent truffel. No fruity esters or the like, this is straightforward silken stout.
dmac (3166) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml of disappointment. Aroma is ashy, earthy, wet nutts, bad chocolate. Light to medium body with almost no carbonation detectable, quicker fading aftertaste. Flavor isnít better than the aroma with notes chocolate, roasty, lighter toast. Blah.
Leafs93 (1377) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tan creamy head. Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla and roast. Taste is sweet with light bitters. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy texture.
jb (1809) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from wegs in state college. Very hoppy nose along with the chocolate. Unusual. Dark chocolate and vanilla and a bit of wood along with licorace in the palate. Nice dark rich appearance. I enjoyed this.