alliance100 (1137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours dark brown almost black , thin tan head . Aromas of dried dark fruit , cocoa and a hint of all spice . Taste brings the same , nice mild bitter finish . Very good .
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Deep black, with no hint of light anywhere. An inch of sandy tan head is sticky and rocky. Tangled spatters of lace. Lots of licorice in the nose. Behind is softer, sweeter cocoa, dark chocolate, toasted oak and bourbony vanilla, caramel and coconut. Nice and sweet. Licorice and some smoke up front, savory. As soon as you swallow, sweet dates, chocolate syrup, toasted oak. A hefty burnt bitterness settles in to the sides of the tongue after each sip. Vanilla bean, dates, chocolate syrup, a splash of bourbon with accompanying heat. Much better as it warms and sweetens. Thick, velvety body. Viscous. Medium-full with mild, electric carbonation. A meal. As it warms, there are perhaps a little too much dark fruits. Almost tangy. Very good before the swallow, if that makes sense. Letting it sit in the mourh brings out the best parts: the smoke, the bourbon. Time will improve it. alexsdad06 (10279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2015
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours black with a medium sized frothy tan head. The aroma is roasted malts with dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, cocoa nibs, vanilla, figs, dates, dark fruit character and light coffee. One word to describe the flavor is BIG. This has decadent chocolate, creamy vanilla, roasted malt, mellow bourbon and oak, figs, some dark fruit, cocoa, and flashes of the 11% as it warms. For all of that, the balance is surprising. Full creamy body. Solid. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/27/15] Draught at Deschutes Brewery & Public House in Portland. Black with a nice tan head. Aroma is a bit spicy, with lots of dates and some chocolate. Sweet flavor with dark fruits, chocolate, and a spicy and slightly alcoholic finish. Quite full-bodied. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2015
does being broke and dragging a beer from the cellar give rating boost?
I bow to you experts, critics and such.
Damn! I enjoyed this.
I have another one left that I hope is as excellent.
The poetic comments of others?
I double down on verbiage for the win.
LoFi (1714) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle from trade with xscottyp, cheers buddy!
Pitch black, brown head.
Aroma: dried fruit, toffee, licorice.
Taste: salty licorice, toffee, fruity, some kind of cookie, caramel, light spice, light roast, dried fruit, mochaccino.
Full-bodied. beastiefan2k (3903) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2015
This was the big beer stout that I was expecting. Has a hint of autolysis, old hops, bitter. Chocolate syrup. Bitter malts in the flavor. More chocolate syrup in flavor again. Maybe I get some light spices coming out. After this one I stopped rating, they were way more similar than different. dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Poured from a 6 oz bottle. Dark to the pour with a lot of beige head. Aroma of liquorice and malts.
Beautifully balanced taste of liquorice, bitterness of alcohol and chocolate malts. pictoman (1084) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle [best after 07/23/2013]. Jet black with beige head. Wood and licorice with mild chocolate and roast malt. Medium body, a bit of alcohol. furthur (1166) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Finally getting to this. Thought I’d do it as a vertical, but Christmas Eve is good too. Bottle, black and thick, skiff of foam, decent lacing. Aroma is raisin, molasses, roasted malt and chocolate, cherries, a bit of alcohol. I could just huff this all day. Taste is raisin and plumb, dates, molases, cherries, anise, angelica, cinnamon, coffee. Long, dry finish of citrus rind. Palate is thick, but not as syrupy as many in this class, carbonation subdued. Extraordinary!