5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013 BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2011 Bottle. Pours with a rocky mocha hued head over a very dark brown, near black body. Aroma of cocoa/chocolate, dark fruits, fusel alcohol, sugar cookie, light fruit esters and more alcohol. Taste is pretty bitter with cocoa and alcohol and a somewhat spicy/herbal hop character on the backend. Creamy mouthfeel and carbonation...10% might be optimistic, despite the alcohol notes I would guess this was closer to 9.0% or high 8s. If it is the full 10% it is exceptionally well hidden.
Bottle:   Deepest of browns, cola hued edges, small sudsy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Pale roasted malts and graham cracker on the nose.   Very subtle dark chocolate.   Seems to have an astringent malt
forefront, roasty, not much hop, with a finish that is akin to licking icicles off an awning.   Has a slight metallic tinge to it.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering roast, semi-sweet, a little lactose and overly
dark chocolate.   However, I cannot shake that metallic icicle like flavor.   Seriously, reminds me of a kid, being dumb enough to eat the icicles off anything.   At least this one is now retired... boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle... Poured deep dark brown, near black with a thin forming, light khaki head. Notes of roasted malt with dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, some bitter-sweet molasses and hint of anise. Low bitterness, some malty sweetness. Not too heavy for the style. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
651mL. Clear, deep ruby pour. Larger tan head. Thicker lacing. Nose is sweet cherry juice with powdery dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate with tangy dark berries. Quite nice. Gritty, soil, earthy chocolate. Much better than expected.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
22oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing beige head. Has a sweet dark caramel and milk chocolate nose with a touch of oxidation. Starts with decent fullness and toasty dark caramel malts and some astringent earthy bitterness before a drier warming finish. Could use a little more balance, but a decent attempt at the style. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thick, frothy beige head; decent retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, espresso, dark fruit (raisins and plums), earthy hops, and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominate with supporting dark fruit esters and faint hops; dry finish with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.
BeerandBlues2 (13307) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, coffee, and dark chocolate malt, prunes, licorice, figs, and dates with woody and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, dark fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear deep brown with creamy tan head. Nose of raisin, cream, chocolate chips and cocoa. Taste of fudge, rich chocolate, well carbonated body with a long chocolate linger. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, anise, raisins, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, earth, caramel, coffee, and metal pipe.
Cavie (4717) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a ring of tan head. Aroma is dark roast, malts and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is sweet chocolate that mixes with some toasted malts and grains. Finishes a touch sour with many dark roasted notes. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle from bu11zeye. Dark pour with a big tan head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is roasted, some chocolate, and maybe some licorice.