DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2010
If this was affordable, it’d be a staple for me. It’s about as close too the edge of beer as you can get without forgetting your drinking a beer. The aroma is full of caramel, chocolate, coffee, espresso, and roasted malts. The hobs are muted. The adjuncts give everything from alcohol to banana, licorice, vanilla, and smoke. The appearance is the only issue of concern here it is dark opaque black body with mininimal brass colored thin collar The beer looks exactly like an espresso. The taste is amazing, cocoa powder, chocolate dark and light, espresso. All of which is perfectly balanced. The beer is so smooth. It’s right on the edge of what you imagine beer can be. It portends to be a beer, but really is so much closer in taste and action to a great chocolate elixir. I imagine this is a close approximation to the old Aztec chocolate alcohol drink. The beer’s body is not as full as you would imagine, it’s extremely creamy, but finds a way to finish slick and clean. The carbonation is soft. The beer makes you think it will be bitter, but it dims the moment before you ever get that astringent coffee or espresso finish. Amazing beer. anders37 (26194) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted sweetish malty cocoa powder and vanilla. Sweetish roasted malty chocolate and vanilla flavor. Has a sweetish malty slightly spicy chooclate and vanilla finish. mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with brown creamy head. Palate is dry with average with a very dry finish. Taste is slightly bitter and sour. Aroma has roasted malt, caramel, little dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2010
Black with a brown diminishing head. Coffee and cocoa aromas plus some dusty hops. It is very smooth and medium-bodied. Flavours of vanilla, caffe latte and cocoa bitterness. A grand experience. ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Aroma of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. Appearance is black with dark mocha head. Flavor matches aroma, with a surprising hop character. Palate is bubbly and lively. Pretty good stuff.
LearninBeer (578) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours almost black with a light brown head, mostly diminishing. The aroma is roasted malts, coffee. The taste is nutty, hints of chocolate, a little bitter. The body is medium light, thinner than I would like. Pinball (12060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2010
pitch dark, brown smooth creamy head.
aroma is toffee, chocolate, faint roasted stuff, vanilla, sweetness (cocoa).
flavor is licorice, chocolate, faint toffee, spicy tinge, caramel. aftertaste is roasted stuff , tofee and chocolate.
palate is quite thick.
overall a very flavorfull beer, but a bit too much toffee-sweet and chocolate, too chocolate-dessert like. Well blended and lots of flavors to explore, but a bit too far to the sweet side to really hit it home. but it’s close... arminjewell (9584) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Pours deep black with tan head, aroma is full of chocolate and vanilla. Taste up front is huge chocolate and vanilla working together, dark chocolate notes lead into bourbon and coffee, and finishes a bit roasty. Mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy. Excellent brew! dogfish120love (1325) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium to thick rich brown head. The aroma is fantastic: vanilla, chocolate and a little soy sauce along with coffee. The flavor is roasted coffee along with some vanilla and chocolate. It is absolutely delicious. It is a perfect mixture of flavors, without being overly sweet. Very complex. thb (829) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
What a great beer! Pours an inky black with nice lingering head. Big flavours in this one - lots of malt, lots of chocolate. I found it hard at first to pick out the vanilla, but it must be what givesit a richness and a kind of exotic, unusual sweetness. Great thick and smooth mouthfeel with a long, pleasantly bitter finish.