rickrazum (8) - Geneva, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís a dark beer, good aroma, little bit of chocolate and maybe molasses on the nose. Creamy with a good mouth feel. Alcohol is not as strong as I thought it would be. I plan on aging these.
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2011 Bottle. So, this one has been a long time coming. Has it been worth the wait? Simply put, no it has not. Black? More like dark brown. Dense? Donít know about that. Rich? Flavor, and aroma especially, are pretty weak. I mean, Iím not calling it bland.... And there is some nice roastiness in the finish, Iíll give it that. But the alcohol is ever present, and fairly unpleasant. Mouth feel is less than amazing. I donít want to call it thin because itís not, but it doesnít have that velvet texture I wanted it to. I sampled this next to an Expedition, and I have to tell you the Expedition utterly blew the 9000 out of the water. It was no contest in every category. Right now, nothing special AT ALL. I wouldnít call this a drain pour, but itís not something Iíd purchase again if it were a regular offering. Iíll save my other bottles for a couple years and revisit to see if itís improved. Perhaps on draft itís got more creamy, rich, fullness. Really disappointed. I expected more from one of my favorite breweries. Iím probably being generous giving this a 2.8 rating.
Update Feb 2011. Iíll admit itís improved. Nothing Iíd buy on a regular basis. Itís less hot, more creamy than I recall it being a year ago. So, Iíll bump the score up a little.
Strykzone (7252) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bigeloís Bistro. Perhaps the most rich and creamy beer I have ever had. Not a big nose. Black with a medium sized brown head. Flavor is full of molasses which made for a sweet beer. Dark fruit came later. Alcohol throughout. Vanilla and chocolate. A delicious beer that felt decadent.
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown-black color with a tall tan head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma has a strong liquorish and molasses note, overall a nice roasted malt nose, ending with a light chocolate and coffee bite. The nose as a whole has a very sweet note. Flavor has a very strong liquorish and molasses starting, some very smooth chocolate in the middle, mild prune notes late and finishes with a strong alcohol and overall sugary sweetness. Body is moderately heavy with very fine carbonation and a sticky palate. A mild dryness occurs from the high alcohol but the beerís alcohol doesnít come out as strong as I was expecting due to the high sugary feel. Overall a very good brew. The aroma is very full and is followed up by a hefty, sticky flavor. Flavors work very well together. Canít wait to see how well this one ages over the years.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with sparse off white head. Aroma of burnt sugar, molassess, coffee, roast. light alcohol. Flavor is strong and sweet. Almost a roasty chocolate mousse quality. Definitely sweet, though, but not horribly,. Iíve had much sweeter beers. This is quite nice, actually, as a slow sipper. Nice carbonation for the style. Alcohol isnít very noticeable. Iím actually going to cellar a few of these to see how that works out. I think it might actually cellar well.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is dominated by molasses. Not much else. No alcohol, maybe a touch of dark roast. But just straight molasses. Dense to heavy mouthfeel. This baby coats the mouth nicely. Maybe there is some oats in this is coats and is creamy. Flavor follows the nose and tastes mainly like molasses. Not much else. Iím a bit disappointed in the taste. Its pretty one dimensional to me. I get mostly molasses and a touch of dark roast and nothing else. I prefer this style to have layers of complexity and flavor and this doesnít have it. Overall it has a smooth finish so I rate it appropriately. Thanks Mike!
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown/black - limited, tan head. Great aroma, licorice, with hints of alcohol. Sharp flavor, will likely mellow with age. Licorice, dark fruits, a touch more hop bitterness than I expected. Iím guessing that a year or two of cellar time will make this taste more like 3F Black Sun Stout. Very nice beer.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, pine, caramel, molasses, raisins, and nuts. Flavor of roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, molasses, coffee, honey, and caramel with a sticky mouthfeel. A lot going on in this beer, although somewhat unbalanced. Hope it improves some with age.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
Pours dark brown to red with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet malt with some cherries. The alcohol is also present. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty good, but overall this beer is too sweet to be a great beer.
badgerben (5058) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Tap at the Happy Gnome, St. Paul, 2/1/2010: Black color with a large head. Aroma of black licorice, anise, heavy roasted malt and a bit of oak. The licorice is fairly strong in the taste. Plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. Very thick mouthfeel. After warming, some light coffee and very light mint. Excellent. Glad I have a bottle or two to age. 7/5/9/4/17
Re-rate, 2/1/2011: Time to see how a year in the bottle has done this one. Black color with no head. Aroma of licorice, rich malt, molasses and roasted barley. Strong molasses taste. Rich malt, moderate roasty bitterness. Almost a chalky mouthfeel. A slight soy sauce character. 9/5/7/4/17
Re-rate, 11/22/11: Right about a year and a half in the bottle. Black color with a very small head. Strong and sweet malty aroma, with chocolate and nearly-burnt sugar. Slightly rummy. Much more rummy in the flavor. Strong malt and molasses. Sugary. Fairly strong roast, bitter chocolate. Lighter molasses and licorice. Terrific and enjoyable. 9/4/8/5/18
Re-rate, 9/15/2011: And about two and a half years. Black color with no head. The licorice and sugar still pour out before the cap is even completely off. Rum, prune and soy sauce. Flavor of licorice, rum, sugar, malt. The rum has died down a bit. Body has thined out a fair bit. Still bitter chocolate and molasses. 8/4/8/4/17