Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
Rating 100! Woo! Thanks to bitbucket for getting this to me in time for it to be Rating 100! Bottle. Pours an inky black, with a retroactive head: the beer pours without a head, then the head rises up of its own volition. Very cool! Great lacing as well. Held up to the light, it remains equally black, light does not penetrate this beer. Nose is milk chocolate, coffee of many shades, fruit, a certain vinous character. Not as complex as say Struise Black Albert, but huge and immensely pleasing. The palate is so much better than the nose, good as it was. Coffee beans, milk chocolate, espresso, malt, roast, mouthcoating, very well-ntegrated hops. This beer transistions from swet to bitter, then sweet and bitter. Covers a huge range of flavors, and is overall a great big fantastic bastard, without showing more than a trace of alcohol. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Black pour with a nice tad head and good lacing. Hoppy, rich, dark chocolate aroma with really nice coffee roast notes, dark fruit, and some faint vinousness. Very deep and complex aroma. Strong bitter coffee flavor with lots of hop and bakers chocolate bitterness. Some more dark fruit. A little astringent. Medium-full body with lots of carbonation. TwoDudes (77) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 28, 2009
I liked this beer alot...inky black....roasty with notes of dark chocolate...good, but maybe not as good as its hyped up to be................................................ boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle... Poured black with a light brown head, amazing retention. Rich aroma of dessert-like creamy tones and roasted characters. A little boozy, but pretty tame and drinkable for 12%. A little acidic be well creamy and roasty. A little bit of almond and nutty, toasted malts with a big coffee finish. Would love to try this after a year or two of aging. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Tasted 6/15/09. 750ml bottle. Pitch and dark with a layer of khaki head. Big aromas, even from arms length. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate. This has a surprisingly lighter body for the strength. More dark fruity esters and alcohol burn than toasty malt roast. Mild toffee flavor but some serious coffee notes. Decent tingling effervescence. Sticky and bitter finish. This is a great beer!
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Thanks Zythum. Rich black pour with mocha brown head composed of 1000’s of tiny bubbles. Aroma is of coffee and roasted malt. As the head settles, lacing appears on the top of the glass. Coffee, bitterness of coffee, roasted malt, and sweetness. Nice chewy stout. Slight dryness at the end, but it urges you to take another sip. Each time I set the glass down, a new layer of thick lacing is left on the side of it. As I was drinking this, I was already planning on another trade to get some more of this. This stout is fantastic. I wish I had a camera to take a picture of the intense lacing it left on my glass so I could post it on here. Cheers to Alesmith!! dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Thanks to mattmc1973 for sharing this. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with thin tan head, a little thinner than what I was expecting. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and not quite as much coffee as I was expecting. Flavor matched well, with a slight sweetness and caramel. Quite good, but just not what I was hoping for, I expected more. mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
750ml bottle, poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with small foamy brown head. Aroma heavily of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste is of roast coffee, bitter hops, and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Very good, but not blown away. RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Color dead on black with a tight brown head. Aroma is a deep roasted almost burnt scent. Taste is deep and burnt. Starting with full body it goes down sharp with a burnt taste. Finish is rich with deep roasted flavors that give just a hint of sweetness and a bit of coffee. After taste is a mellow sweetness that fads leaving behind a lingering bitter burnt taste. This is a very good brew but leans a bit too much on the burnt character. Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle thanks to Brandon Pours a good deep black with a creamy brown head. The head lasts well. The lacing is perfect. Has a wonderful aroma of good alcohol, roast, coofee, chocolate, and some spices. Has a light carbonation. A tewrrific mouthfeel. The flavor is real good. Alcohol is well hidden. The balance is real good. The flavor is wonderful. Not too heavy and very smooth. Has a thick texture. Has a full body. The finish is nothing short of super. A great lasting aftertaste. This is a flat out awesome beer. I would drink this anytime any place.