arminjewell (9581) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2017
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, vanilla, some slight dark fruit. Taste was a mix of dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, slightly sweet fudgy notes, finishing sweet, slightly bitter. TH28 (447) - - MAR 17, 2017
750ml bottle. 12/18/13 bottle date. Appearance: Jet black and opaque, with a thick khaki head and nice lacing.
Aroma: Rich dark chocolate, deep dark fruit of cherry and plum, and a touch of light vanilla. Minimal roast remains after the 3 yrs in bottle.
Taste: Really rich, syrupy chocolate and roasty maltiness, strong plum and cherry, and a touch of vanilla. Bitterness is spicy and strong. Slight oxidation appears on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy and creamy medium body, with a light carbonation.
Finish: Relatively dry with lingering coffee roast and bitter chocolate.
Overall: After 3 yrs in the bottle, this has aged quite nicely. The coffee is very faint and vanilla barely noticeable, but has overall blended well with the rich chocolate maltiness and strong bitterness. The beer has become a bit syrupy, but not cloyingly sweet. Probably lacks the complexity of it’s fresh version, but still a nice RIS Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
On tap @ Uppers and Downers festival - 2016. Pour is black with a very small but dense mocha head. Notes of espresso, dried fruit, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Drake (13635) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Keg at the brewery, 12/17/16. Dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. The taste matches. Thin-medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and some molasses on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with coffee and dark chocolate.
douglas88 (9049) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2016
Bottle at Mongers. Pours a pitch black color with a medium beige head. A big coffee and cocoa nose. Vanilla, dark fruit, big bitter dark chocolate and dry cocoa. Coffee. Very nice. Beerdedone (3390) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee bean, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor was slightly sweet with milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee and had a light bitter finish. Leighton (21074) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
Keg at the brewery taproom. Pours clear, deep black-brown with a lasting, tan cream head. The nose holds hearty chocolate, vanilla, roast. Medium to heavy sweet flavour with creamy vanilla sauce, caramel, chocolate creme, mousse. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with some sticky toasted sugars, more creamy chocolate, cake, oily vanilla. Really tasty beer. Huhzubendah (3701) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Dark brown body with a thin, beige collar that faces to nil. Aromas of coffee, followed by roast and chocolate. Vanilla character emerges in the flavor profile. Nice coffee character. Good balance. That said, this is a notch or more below the big players of this genre. AirForceHops (7129) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2016
22 oz. bottle from a trade with Scott. Pitch black color. Aroma has a nice level of coffee bean, burnt grain and milk chocolate. The flavor is much the same with a nice level of roasted espresso bean, milk chocolate, and caramel. Body leans on the full side with a smooth texture over the palate. ABV is mostly hidden (or maybe 9% doesn’t phase me anymore)
The level of coffee is pretty nice and the mouthfeel is great. Well made.