CrazyBeerLover (4) - Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2011 does not count
This is the best 10+ ABV beer I have ever had. I typically shy away from high alcohol beers because they tend to burn when I drink them. I was blown away by the smoothness of this beer and would have never guessed that it packs a punch. No wonder it won a bronze at the World Beer Cup in 2010. It is such a full tasting, smooth brew, that I feel like I should sit in front of a fire place on a winters night smoking a cigar and sipping this lager. This is a must have beer! viking1212 (10) - Sparks, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Sweet roasty and dried fruit aroma. Jet black liquid with tan head. Heavy body, lots of malt complexity, noticeable alcohol, amazingly smooth for such a big beer. Great balance, not too sweet, but clean, quick finish. No harsh notes at all. Fantastic cold weather sipping beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Black with a fizzy off white head. Strong chocolate roasted grain and drip coffee aroma. Tastes of coffee mild chile chocolate and sweet spice with a dry cherry and coffee finish. Major points for originality. Drake (14058) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2010
500 mL can courtesy of jcwattsrugger, opened 5/7/10. Pours a dark brown color with a large brown head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of leafy hops, nutty notes, grapes and other fruit notes. The taste is caramel, floral/perfume notes, bitter hop notes, grapes, dark fruits, toffee and a light smokiness. A bit of booze, smooth, medium-full bodied. A different and very interesting beer. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2010
6oz bottle at the Pi Bar, San Francisco, 12th March 2010. Black with a line of head. Nose of malt, some milk chocolate, spirits and coffee. Taste is similar but smooth and it slips right down. Very nice. Doesn’t feel like 10%+!
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Beer pours almost black. Smells sweet. Tastes sweet with malt. Is bad.
Sorry, a re-tard was in the midst of rating and I stole back the computer. Thanks to kmweaver for the kick ass silver can with a sticker that looks like its the presidents choice version from safeway. Hell yeah! Lots going on in the nose. Tons of roast, burnt malts, burnt bread, earthy hops, some dark fruit shows up too but is very light. Caramel too. Pours almost black with a great beige lasting head. Roast, cola, chocolate, big bitterness - earthy and somewhat piney, peppery. Nice hops actually. Burnt notes, charred notes, carbon, very interesting. Body is light and somewhat clean even with all the roast, burnt, and hop notes. Alcohol shows up and is lately warming. I like this, but I guess its because I am not the # 1 sour rater in the world and my palate is akin to a re-tard, or perhaps its vice versa? Paging Dr. faggot! Not at the table Carlos. Fuck your stupid idiot ratings and fuck trying to win fake competitions on the internet so dudes with nicknames will think you are cool... My balls fell asleep. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Draft at Belmont Station. Pours an opaque black with a dense, creamy dun-colored head that takes forever to settle. Shows plenty of lumpy rocks and nice moussy foundation even after it has settled. Tons of sheeting, webby lace. Gorgeous. Nice mild chocolate, anise, and roast nose--mild for such a high-grav, forceful-looking beer, I mean. Thick creamy body with that lager-yeast silkiness. Delectable. Chocolate, anise, and roast on the mid-palate, with a nicely subdued finish of restrained sweetness. Deceptively understated and calm with a nicely hidden booze payload. Not sure if the level of complexity is really enough payoff for the amount of booze and malt packed into this one, but it’s very good as it is. Interesting result from what must have been a fun recipe-building process. jtclockwork (17069) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Can courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Pours black with tan head. Nose is smoked chocolate malts and funk. Taste is smoke, black coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel malts. slowrunner77 (12569) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"an imperial version of the black noddy lager, a decent brew. this one is much the same, but bigger, and more warming, in every aspect. huge roasted dry malty aroma, big body, smoke and dry flavor. i still prefer stouts. 10/10-on tap @Buckbean. Don’t know if it’s the year, or the fact that it’s on tap, but much better than last year. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Tap @ Barleywine & Big Beer Fest... Poured deep, dark brown with amber highlights and a khaki head. Cocoa malts with a lager yeast shining through. Cherry tones, caramel and a malty finish.