PhillyCraft (8202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Backlog, at monks, pours a brownish black color with a one finger head. Light lacing. Nose is roasted malt, grapes, plum, spice, cocoa, and spicy hop. Medium body with a lasting creamy finish. ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2015
750ml bottle. Pours a deep black color with a thick mocha head that falls slightly and retains throughout with mild lacing. The aroma is rather intense yet balanced, with chocolate, roast, tobacco, sweet toffee, and floral hops. Taste is rich dark chocolate, roasted nuts, a little tobacco, and evident vanilla. Very rich and complex. Roasted malt is mellow. Alcohol is very well hidden. Full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky, chewy, and creamy.
mabel (10003) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
[6825-20140926] 750mL body. Roasted grainy raisin bread aroma. Black body with a quick foamy light brown head. Tangy raisin roasted bread flavour has a long sweet roasted aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
Overheard: "If it’s not thick, it’s ok." -- cheese rinds
[My bottle (650ml) shared with GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small diminishing frothy tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Flavour is lightly sour along with roasted malt, chocolate, notes of red wine and hops in the finish. Medium bodied. A lovely beer. jercraigs (11095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
2014-09-26. Black body with a small tan head. 3++ Aroma has a tangy quality to the ashy roasty cocoa. Flavour is similar, tangy fruity character melds with cocoa in interesting ways but I’m not sure I like the results. Average plus bodied palate, carbonation. Okay, not sure if the tangy character is intentional or reflective of the age of the beer. Bottle shared by BlankBoy.
jbruner (5471) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to Paul from Brown. Pours a thick black with thin ring of tan head that leaves a light ring of lace. Aroma of soy, chocolate, slight coconut, and booze. Taste follows, lots of booze, good carbonation. Solid after aging, I imagine this was not that good right out of the gate. Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
I had this one on tap over at Pizza Paradiso in DC.
Ap: Pitch black, with about a one inch head. The brew was so dark that I honestly couldn’t even see if there was any carbonation.
Ar: Dates, brown sugar, and molasses were very prominent.
T: Not sweet at all, but not bitter either. This one is definitely not a "coffee" IS. I would describe this one as a fairly smooth chocolate milkshake, as opposed to a bitter, dark chocolate dessert drink. I still a bit surprise by how thin this seems compared to most ISs I’ve tried, and it doesn’t have that dark cinnamon afterburn that I’ve come to expect from the style.
P: Quite a bit of glass lacing, but I never really noticed anything too offensive palate-wise. However, the cigarette "ash" lingering is not pleasant.
O: Fairly smooth, even for the high ABV. I still would not seek this one out. I’ve seen this one in the store, and the price is outrageous relative to the product.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
In short: One hell of a messy black ale. Not fun.
How: Bottle, a few times. Once fresh (pretty bad) and then this rating for a slightly aged bottle (not very good either).
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head with good retention.
In long: Nose is a bit chocolaty, moderately roasted, cardboard and with strange notes of coconuts and vegetal matters of some kind. Body is medium and with abundant carbonation. Taste is dirty blackened malts, rather earthy (borderline peaty), cocoa powder, salty soy sauce, peanut butter (!), sensation of chewing on a houseplant, cardboard, other weird stuff. Both fresh and slightly aged it was one hell of a weird beer, I don’t think this beer turned out the way Allagash had planned. My last rating of the night, then more beer, then woke up with a pizza slice in my pants so I figured it was probably best for me to delete all my call history and text messages.