harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle at Deeblo 30 th birthday. Black beer boozy aroma boozy impy choc sponge stout fine. pretty good but boozy jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle from a generous trader. Pours darkest brown with off white head. Nose and taste of cocoa, creme brûlée, fig, roasted chocolate malt, birch sap, dark sugar and vanilla. Medium body. Semi-dry in the finish. Touch of alcohol in finish. onceblind (9674) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Opaque black with a thin beige head. Intense aroma of dark cocoa and dates and a little oak. Big flavor with bittersweet cocoa nibb flavors, dried dark fruits like raisin and dates, and a medium oak quality about it. Bitter yet sweet and semi-dry.
fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
2013-02-23, bottle from Whole Foods Henderson, NV, 7-4-8-3-15=37
Black color, with medium sized beige head. The aroma of roasted malt is quite mild, with hints of liquorice, and herbal Italian digestive. Good body structure, and good chocolate flavor, with a moderate minty/herbal touch.
2013-01-22, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Black color with creamy head, nice lace. Aroma of roasted malts, some wood, some vanilla, some sourness, and a hint of coffee and liquorice. Good body strength, with a good dark chocolate flavor, and a light sour and fruity touch, also some vanilla and very light tobacco; correct bitterness, with some hidden hop qualities; in the final there is a light impression of liquorice.
Very good, fresh, dynamic.
Four oz sample on a paddle at St. Augustine’s on The Drive in Vancouver. Color is black. Not much head or nose from sample glass. It’s rich, with chocolate and coffee notes, but I’m a bit skeptical of the four oz pour being a good sample.
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Okay, second go here, in a side by side comparison with one of my all-time faves, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. The XXIV is sweeter and has a fruity dimension not found in BBBCS.
I love them both. Vive la difference!
Huge roast punch in the face, but settles down and behaves nicely. Alcohol not shy though. Chocolatey and malty, the fruit sweetness lingers. Finishes smooth as smooth can be. An imperial porter in a class by itself. XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
ON TAP at St. Augustine’s Vancouver. Sweet malty milf, I almost dropped a load hearing I could have this on tap here. Absolute blackest brown with a sad skiff of what might’ve been a good "cum dumpster, fake tan" cap. Aroma of over ripe dark fruit and chocolate, spruce. Taste is similar, but more alcohol forward. Not in a bad way though. As much as this is a sipper, its exactly what you’d expect from it. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a smattering of tan bubbles. Nose is fig, caramel, chocolate, dates and vanilla. Rich and silky medium body with a buzz. Taste features that wonderful fig and date combo, the chocolate adds a bitter note to balance the fruit and malt. Slight coffee linger, quite tasty. PotjeBier (3348) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2013
On tap @ 38 Degrees Alehouse. Black color. Aroma’s: chocolate, sweet fruit, roast. Flavor: medium sweet, medium bitter, chocolatey. Medium bodied. Finishes strongly roasted & bitter. Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks Ed. I love this beer, rich chocolate, roasted malts, fruity, woody, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. The finish is fairly dry(considering the abv) making this a nice drinking beer.