markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
2008 Bottle from Southbay Drugs. Pours a deep black with a brown head. This is one where the nose alone is worth it in the complexity department- I could smell this beer for a while. Nose is chocolate, alcohol, coffee, cinnamon, spice, licorice, and bourbon. Flavor is similar with depth and complexity on top. Coffee and coconut join up in the flavor. Lots of yellow lace when swirled. Gets better as it warms. Finish is lingering bitter chocolate. Excellent beer. kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Drinking on tap with Andrew (BMan1113) at Najas in Cali. Pitch black, minimal head with nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted toasted malts and hints of hops. Flavor the same with very good bitterness. Very solid very drinkable very lucky to have. tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 anise, coffee, bittersweet chocolate a touch of molasses. needs considerable warming to open up.
update: let this cellar for a year. Great balance, new complexity, subtle smokiness.
After a year of aging, I can no longer see anyway to improve this beer.
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Black as night pour with a nice creamy tan head. Sticky lace. Aromas of oak, licorice, dark roasted and burnt malts, vanilla, a touch of vodka/alcohol. Lots of roast in the flavor. Vanilla, oak, some alcohol. This moves into a soft dark fruitiness that rides out into a charred and burnt finish. A little warming. Lots of dryness in finish. Travlr (26412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Black hole appearance, lets no light escape. Medium brown head. Aroma of 70 per cent cacao. Chewy body. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate and smoke. This is a BIG beer.
drjay44 (3889) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2008
22 oz bottle. Made in 2008. Purchased at Roxies and shared with Gabe. Pours a thinnish mocha head, good late duration, some lacing over a dark black, utterly opaque body.....nose is very complex with coffee, chocolate, anise, molasses and a whole slew of fragrences I cannot describe adequately......taste is again similar to the nose, of great complexity starting off with sweet coffee, then molasses, then finishing hops...mouth feel is creamy, chewy, somewhat sticky....,superb balance of powerful forces. This is very hard to do this well!!!! JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 25, 2008
22 oz bottle - 2008 vintage - Pours a totally opaque black color with smallish light brown head. Aroma is mildly roasty, notes of vanilla and oak, light ash and toasted coffee. Flavor is robustly roasty, lots of coffee and vanilla, bit of ash and oak, molasses, anise, fair amount of herbal hops. Finish is firmly bitter, a very faint metallic finish. Pretty good, but not quite up to the hype Ive heard. Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
22oz bottle 07 Vintage(courtesy of doubleo)-Pours a pitch black body with a nice big tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. Taste begins with chocolate, oak , and coffee. They linger to the end with the same and adding roasted malt, vanilla, and finishing with a bitterness. This full bodied brew lives up to its expectations and hides the ABV very well. Great Brew. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bomber, from Liquor Collection. Pours pitch black with a gray brown head. Rich roasts in the nose, with espresso, wood and some baker’s chocolate. Palate is smooth, primarily, with soft supporting carbonation. Flavor starts with wood, roasts and black licorice, then transitions into black coffee, smoke, and chocolate. Finishes with an extremely well balanced bitterness, complemented by creamy vanilla, oak and coffee. This is every bit as good as advertised, and such a pleasure to drink. Nik925 (800) - USA - DEC 20, 2008
Its pretty rare to see a 100 percentile beer around here, and I was pretty happy to get my paws on this one. On tap and fresh (that might be the problem) from the brewery. A wall of burnt malt hits you on the first sip in both smell and taste. Then the ABV shows its ugly head. The aroma has an amazing burnt toast smell to it. The head is dark tan. You can get some tobacco and nut flavors out of it. But then there is the flaw, the alcohol presence. Its there, big time, the whole time. The alcohol taste, presence, and dominance is similar to cheap high ABV malt liquor like 211, and anytime you compare a beer to 211, its not a good thing. The dark tar molasses syrup has a huge amount of potential, and maybe if you hid it away for a few years you might have something, but fresh, I did not enjoy drinking it.