yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 19, 2010
Dark black with brownish highlights. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, roasted malts and toffee with a hint of anise. Flavor is well balanced. Some sweetness and dry roasted coffee and roasted malts. Slightly charred which adds some bitterness. Overall pretty smooth and nice body. Growler and draft. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2011
Draft. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of espresso, chocolate. Flavor is coffee, roasty, chocolate, very light hops. Very dry almost chalky palate. Still very nice. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Flat black color- aroma is an amazingly strong potent roasted malt. Very sweet and enticing. Flavor is also loaded with great full roasted malt, but oh so smooth. You could easily drink this by the gallon. Thin whispy body, like a cappucino. Growler filled at BX Beer Depot. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2010
On draft at Florida Brewers Guild Fest (Tampa, FL). Pours a pitch black color with slight mahogany highlights and one finger off-white head that settles quickly. Aroma is sweet and roasted with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, nuts, caramel. Flavor is roasted and malty with notes of smoke, chocolate, earth, nuts, roast, caramel and hints of toffee. Medium body with a smoky and chocolaty finish. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On Nitro at the brand new Brass Tap in Gainesville. Awesome creamy kahki head on top of a black pour. Smells like chocolate syrup. Yum. Super smooth drinking, but a little watery. Dry finish and easy drinking. Not much flavor besides some vague roasted malt. Wondering if they accidentally poured Guinness. Bot bad but meh.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Appearance: clear obsidian black. Espresso crema leaves a collar bordered by a puddle in the middle. Swirls dark and bubbly. rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2012
Nose: pure unadulterated roast – charcoal and black ash. Meaty dark fruits in the middle. Black earth. Old burnt evergreen forests. Simply rich.
Palate: clean and light in the front, burnt in the middle, long ashy finish, and meaty dark fruits along the sides. Black root also in the middle. Lovingly parches mouth first quaff to last. Refreshingly thirst quenching and inducing. Medium-light body, dry and burnt. Grows a tart black plum nip along sides of cheeks while tickling back of throat. Burnt ashy charcoal bricks. Grows rustic in the finish.
Final Thoughts: yum and yum. Guinness, eat your heart out. I’ll take a Patio Tools any day of the week and crazy though it may sound tis a perfect beach beer. Delicious.
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Nitro tap at fermentation. Black pour with a creamy tan head that doesn’t leave. Aroma is very roasty with some hints of dark bitter chocolate. Nice, light mouthfeel. Flavor is following suit of the aroma of good roasty malts and some light bitter chocolate. Not bad. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Growler from Cigar City. Pretty solid and an excellent choice for St. Patty’s Day. Pours very dark brown, looks black in the glass with some amber sneaking through. The aroma shows oats, coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. The flavor is all of the same, nothing more, nothing less, no surprises. A light roasty and slightly creamy palate. Comes across as a bit light but also probably the lowest abv beer so far I’ve had from CCB and still quite good. jsmerig (1700) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
On tap during Philly Beer Week Event at Capone’s in Norristown. Pours jet black with a tan foamy head. Aroma is of dark Malt and the tatste is intensely sweet with honey and raspberry flavors. Mouthfeel is thick like a milkshake. jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2011
(swingtop courtesy of HOPSHUNTER, sampled 4/1/10). Black color. Large tan head. Moderate roasty, smoky aroma. Flavor of the same, with light bitterness. Avg duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.