pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 Winter 05-06 bottling. As dark as anything I’ve ever poured before with a browner than tan head (with some staying power). The stream from the bottle looked more like oil than beer. The aroma is heady with alcohol, some fruity esters, and chocolate malt with roastiness. The palate is luxurious and ample, smooth cream with tiny little bubbles. The flavor is a little raw, but still really a joy to drink, which seems unusual. I’m assaulted by alcohol, but not in an unpleasant way (more like a port than a scotch). Beneath that there’s some cherry, big roast and big chocolate malt. No creaminess here! A charcoal bitterness lingers on the tongue in a very good way. I will be laying down the rest of this six pack for sure!
Appearance is unchanged, and though this was an early rating, I’m not altering the points. Those nose has sweeter more prune-like character to it than I last remember, with very prominent fruit. The palate is really still top notch. And the flavor has some roughness around the edges still, but it is much sweeter. I think I’m going to sit on the 4 bottles left for some time. And though I should probably alter this early rating, I’m going to wait for the next tasting to do so. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
This is very thick and creamy, great palate. The aroma is of alcohol, chocolate malt and maybe raspberry or just a hint of some fruit. Strong alcohol in the flavour, but also a very nice roasty finish. Sweet. Chocolate is much stronger in the aroma than the flavour, but definitely there still. Great beer. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12 oz bottle, 05-06 vintage. Motor oil black pour with a small dark brown head that fades to a thin wispy covering. Huge aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and espresso. Flavor is heavy on burnt malt, alcohol, espresso, and chocolate. Finish is a warming alcoholic burnt toast combonation. Highly hopped with it most prominant in the finish. Mouthfeel is the definition of oily texture with very fine moderate carbonation. Overall, I find this to be very enjoyable, but with the youth of this bottle the alcohol is a bit too prominant. ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2014 deep dark brownish black with a thin brown head. almost like a castoria appearance (but only in appearance, not taste :-) ). Smell has some roasted coffee and Lots of chocolate. Taste is a nice blend of sweet and bitter chocolate. Some licorice flavor too. has a slight alcohol bite, but goes down very smooth. Nice balance of good flavors in this one..
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2006
Black apperance. Rich aroma of coffe and some chocolate. Chocolate, coffe, malt and a bit of alcohol in the taste.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Looks like an espresso in my snifter. Crema dies down in a minute or two. Spotty lacing. Aroma of tangy chocolate coffee with molasses. Roasting peanuts and Play-doh. Begins with some hop burn, a whisper of chocolate, then coffee to alcohol. Not quite as creamy as it looks but a solid medium body. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle from Utobeer. Black with dark thin head. Chocolate everwhere in this. Bit of heat from the alcohol. Brilliant dark choc which is on the grainy side. Some oilyness. Yep it’s choc and stout. Smooth, velvet and choc. Winter 05-06 bottling DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle (small sample) at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005
Black and rich on the palate. Chocolate and coffee aroma and flavours. Roast finish. brooklyn35 (5) - salisbury mills, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2006 does not count
2005-2006 bottling. Pours a beautiful black color with a caramel brown head which unfortunately dissapates rather quickly. The aroma is very complex with notes of licorice, molasses and of course chocolate. The roasted character of a stout is not very evident in the aroma or the taste. Surprisingly the alcohol at almost 9%is very subdued in the flavor and the aroma. Body is very full with a creamy consistency. It tastes of sweet and sour notes with chocolate and molasses. Overall a very unique and interesting beer. The flavors and aromas achieved with only malt are remarkable. henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2006
2005 – 06 Bottle – Very dark, pours almost oily with no head; The nose has loads of soft chocolate, a little bitter chocolate, actually just a lot of different chocolates on a slight malty and hoppy background (it has something unpleasant/unfitting to it as well, warm milk or something that I dont really recognize); Very soft, very oily, powerful body; Long, long soft, bitter, full and oily finish, again with lots of different chocolates, later with a very distinctive burnt character. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate and a little to little depth.