dwyerpg (6413) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 23, 2012
This was absolutely fantastic. Dark and thick and chewy and without the coffee notes of the other versions. Definitely my favorite. Had on tap at Khoury’s. Will probably have to go buy a full bottle. The figs and dates, though not distinguishable individually to me, made for a tasty beer. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Hugely complex and harmonious blend of ingredients. Great musty, chocolaty, medium dry flavor with dark fruit notes. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: APR 4, 2013 Fairly viscous deep mahogany/brown pour with a small off-white head. Slightly syrupy body that coats the mouth with raisins, dates, figs, prunes, rummy notes, deep, dark chocolate, and a finish that is quite bittersweet. Flirts with cloying, at times, but avoids it. Another Excellent effort from Deschutes. mackRIS (39) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours pitch black with a great creamy khaki head that fades. Aroma is rich chocolate, roast, and licorice. Flavor is smooth rich chocolate, bourbon, and roast. videofrog (244) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Served on-tap at the Austin Flying Saucer.
Appearance: Dark, opaque black. Thin beige head that settled quickly.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee-like malts.
Taste: Dark chocolate, cocoa. Figs come out more clearly. Roasted malts give espresso-like flavor. Slight hop bitterness appears as well. Alcohol bite is noticeable.
Palate: Thick, creamy, and viscous.
Overall: As I was unable to only buy 1 bottle, I was really glad to be able to sample this fresh on tap. I’m really looking forward to see what a year of cellaring does to this one. Extremely enjoyable fresh, though.
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Black with good (barrel-aged), creamy brown head / Rich, complex nose of whiskey barrel, chocolate, dark fruit, and licorice / Full body, chewy, some sweetness but hoppy, with excellent balance and a little heat on the bitter finish / Flavors of semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon barrel, licorice, fig, and date / Small deduction for the booze, but just superb. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Had this on tap at Iron Barley in St. Louis. Very smooth. Very nice. Pours black. Toffee roast chocolate. Slightly sweet. Somewhat alcoholic. Nice.