marcus (10479) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a treacle aroma. There is hearty dark molasses flavor with some dark coffee and a nicely bitter finish. Coffee stays on the palate. SG111 (1936) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is chocolate and some mild coffee. Slight coffee bitterness finish. Could be a bit More substantial. TEJA (3141) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
Draught at 21:st Amendment in San Fransisco.
Short chocolate brown head. Dark brown color.
Big chocolate aroma with strong coffey aroma and a tuch of soy.
Full roasted taste from dark roasted malts. Fine balanced bitterness from the hops and the dark roasted malts. beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours black with a khaki head. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and hop flavors. Full body and coffee finish. Dfonorow (2250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is dark brown/close to black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of malty chocolate, coffee, and roast. Flavor is light cappuccino, coffee, and licorice. Very thin for the style, texture is more like a porter.
yespr (46790) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2013
From tap at City Tap House. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and caramelish, chocolate dense too. Light fruity, toasted malty and caramelish. Bitter, roasted and light herbal finish. Dry and bitter finish. BlackHaddock (7518) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Taken at the brewery tap on 5th Feb 2013: this 8.6% ABV version was on offer during ’Strong Beer Month’, so I thought it only right to try one (along with the other 8 beers and 1 cider).
Black, going to dark, deep brown: the head a tanned foam.
Coffee and dark chocolate taste and smell: not too ’in your face’, but very noticeable, even after a few ’heavy’ brews have been already been quaffed. Liquorice notes arrive once your senses take in the coffee and chocolate esters.
Pleasant without blowing my socks off: neither rich nor creamy in the mouth, instead a mild hop bitterness takes over and that appears to thin out the body somewhat mid-mouthful. Interesting and different (for a visiting Brit). BeerandBlues2 (13661) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Tap @ Max’s. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee malt, roast notes with woody and earthy hops, prunes and licorice. Flavor is malt dominant with dark chocolate and coffee with dark fruits, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. anders37 (26845) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate, licorice and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish with hints of licorice. csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Brownish black pour, chocolate and coffee aroma, similar taste, but really thin for the style. A lot going on, but it just doesn’t come together well.