Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Black, small tan head. Big roasty anise aroma. Flavor is full of anise, with a lot of chocolate. BVery (10716) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from Ryan - thanks! Wow, this is crazy old. Great to try! Molasses and soy. Rich all around. Dark pour with a slick palate. Very nice! slowrunner77 (12471) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
"Definitely showed some signs of age, but has a lot of pleasant qualities as well. Bitter chocolate, slight licorice and coffee, and a charred smokiness in the aroma and flavor. Still pretty smooth, though the alcohol shows. Bitter hops and raisins in the finish. Long time wish list surprise." BeerSquare (117) - - SEP 14, 2014
I just cracked open one of these that I’ve stored in my refrigerator since buying the six pack fresh when it came out.
Aged great. Very complex syrupy raisin notes and a remarkable mouth feel-- carbonation is subtle but sharp, and it feels incredibly heavy, yet drinkable in a way that avoids any cloying.
Flavor is just off the charts. . . a couple minutes after a sip, flavors are still developing into more of a sweet molasses / rich tobacco aura.
Always risky keeping a beer as long as I kept this one. . . glad it worked out. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle shared with my wife. Pours thick, nearly black, mocha head with a few chunks in the latter half. Aroma: surprisingly muted. There’s cardboard and dark fruit. Chocolate covered caramels that have sat in the box too long. Taste: cola; warmth; chocolate; age; molasses; hint of baking spice. Palate: Full- body; oily texture. Overall: this is intense, hard to drink fast, but surprisingly good for such an old beer. Can only imagine what it would have been like a few years ago. But, I didn’t have a bottle a few years ago, and if the dude I got it from had drunk it I wouldn’t have it now, and I’m glad to have this so I can muse about what it would have been in its day.
crossovert (13457) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
355ml bottle. Just such an old small bottle. Oxidized to all hell, minty mouthwash, cardboard, sat there for 3 min with a few oz of this beer. ITs finished never trade for it. jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Still-black. A-dk malt-ashy/molasses, some earthy. T-dk malt-ashy/molasses, 2nd earthy hops. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Tasted at RBSG grand tasting. 12oz bottle. Very dark brown, near black color. Thin ring of khaki head. Ring of light brown head. Dots of lace. Dark fruit, some dark chocolate, musty light oxidation notes in the nose. Light spice in the flavor, some tobacco. Soy sauce. Bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet, light alcohol warmth. Bigger body, light slick. Smooth, kind of lighter carbonation. Roasty malt, heavier roast. Pretty cool, impressive fun stuff to try. Glad to have found this! Homer321 (5143) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Slightly oxidized nose, a mix of paper and dried fruit and sherry. Pours a nearly flat dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Taste is a very sweet chocolate and booze. Also oxidized in the taste. Weird vanilla and barrel character to it. Not much stout character at all. Ok. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle, thanks for sharing Pailhead! Never thought I’d get to try this since it’s over 8 years old now. Pours ink black with no head. Aroma is molasses, bourbon and soy sauce with a touch of roasted malt. Taste is interesting. Soy, nuts, licorice, roast, light sherry oxidation, and some dark fruit. Thin to medium body. Very oily mouthfeel, coats the palate big time. It’s a tad harsh to drink, probably from the oxidation. But it’s still very good and I loved the mouthfeel. Really happy I was able to try this.