Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2013
From the bottle, popping the top gives an aroma shot of yeast and alcohol. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is yeasty up front, moving to alcohol, chocolate, dark roasted malts. Taste is richly chocolate and does not hide the alcohol. Very smooth and silky, finishes a bit harsher with roasted flavors and bitterness. Really good beer. wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours a motor oil black with a short lived thin beige head. The aroma is cardboard box, dark roast coffee, roasty almost burnt malts, big anise, black strap molasses, leather, old dresser drawer, chocolate. The flavour is heavy on the anise and black strap molasses, burnt malts, dark unsweetened chocolate, alcohol, roasty bitterness with a bit of green apple and anise trail into the finish. I can see how the burnt notes could turn people off, but I think it’s good, not a fan of this brewery, but this beer has surely turned my head a bit. Solid. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a thick black color with a dense frothy brown head that settles into a light cap. The aroma is big roasted malt with some mellow milk chocolate notes, along with some scorched caramel and powdered cocoa. Taste has loads of malts, molasses, semi sweet chocolate, and nice hops with citrus undertones and coffee. Thicker body, smooth, light carbonation. Idiosynkrasie (7435) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 4, 2013
650ml bottle. Pitch black colour with small to average, creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Dark malty aroma has notes of dark bread, a grainy touch, some chocolate, combines with bitter hop to a peppery green onion note. Taste is dry dark malty, intense, minimally biting, bitter hoppy overtones, background-ish subtle sweetness, hints of chocolate and treacle; dry, minimally roasty dark malzy finish, some warming alcohol as well. Immense and intense, but not really balanced and "catchy". marcus (10148) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and treacle flavor.with a thick dry finish.
Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle from HOTB. Pours a dark brown to black with a tan head. Bitter dark chocolate and black coffee. Roasty bitter taste with a crisp bitter finish. Thick feel with medium light carbonation. robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Draft. Slight tan head. Interesting fruity aroma like cherios. Black body. Heavily smoked flavor wiha roasty backbone. WOW!! If yoy like smoke you will like this! charule (2257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle from Binnys South Loop. Poured black with thinning tan head. Aroma of sweet bitter choc and light resin. Quite smooth med bod and light carb. Slight bitter taste coats my mouth. Decent. rumproasts (5342) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2013
tap. Black with small head. Roasted/burned/smoky malt. A whole lot of booze warmth/burn. Harsh, but I suspect that’s the intent.
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Dark Chocolate and coffee nose, palate similar with added licorice and major roasted malts. Hops are welcome addition. Well done