blackflag321 (699) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2017 sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #17, 12.0%. 22 oz bottle, Kroger on Bridge St in Dublin; $8.99 I think. Very dark black but not quite fully opaque; one-finger light tan head dissipates quickly into a small ring and an extremely thin, sparse covering; virtually no lacing. First aroma is coffee and chocolate. But look! It’s not that typical overly bitter, overly roasty coffee thing that big stouts do! Hallelujah! It smells like REAL coffee, only colder. Some breathing and warming reveals more subtle aroma notes of oak and bourbon. In terms of flavor, very heavily chocolate, but again, REAL coffee. The roast level is spectacularly low for the magnitude of this beer, and it’s really great to see such a coffee-heavy beer simultaneously be a little more subdued while it’s kicking you in the mouth. The finish is vanilla, chocolate, lighter bitterness, and even lighter bourbon. If I didn’t know better, I would absolutely not guess this was anything close to 12%; I honestly don’t detect alcohol in this at all, but having drank half the bottle I can feel that it’s there. Medium-full to full body, almost silky but just a tad too bubbly to say that. Really nice.
Choclatey smooth and creamy without being too sweet. High ABV hidden. Just a nice hint of bourbon to complement every thing else going on with the palate. Overall, pretty good. angoradad (10) - USA - OCT 16, 2017
Pours dark and viscous. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and whiskey. Chocolate is immediate on the front of the palate, which makes way for the hoppier finish. Booze is highly understated. Just the type of beer to open up after a long day of stressful work to relax and listen to classical radio and unwind. bergstaden (3165) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2017
Black with brown head - Roasted malt, wood and some dark fruity tones in tha aroma - Dark malt body with wood, some dark fruity notes with vanilla and some charred bourbon barrel flavour - The malt, charred wood, vanilla, and bourboun goes into the finish with hints of alcohol heat - This was real good beskid (271) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle share at Mon Petit Cafe, Stuttgart. Strong coffee liquor, toffee, cacao in aroma. Full bodied, sweet barrel notes, coffee and ripe cherries. kaserov (930) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 17, 2017
11,9%. Color negro con capa de espuma marrón de tres dedos de grosor (cremosa y de buena retención). Carbonatación mínima. Textura cremosa. Aroma a malta torrefacta, café puro frío, chocolate, vainilla, ligero toque de licor. En boca entra ligeramente dulce y torrefacta, con mucho café y chocolate, vainilla, y reminiscencias de whisky. Final ligeramente amargo, cafetoso y algo licoroso. Barrica sutil y cerveza sutil. No esperaba mucho cuando la abrí pero me pasó por encima. Casi termino la botella de 65 cl., sin verdadero esfuerzo.
jonas (7994) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle. Awesome dark chocolate aroma, Ethiopian coffee, light Christmas spices. Darkest brown, brown lace. Medium full dry, licorice and chocolate. Very dry on the palate. Licorice coffee finish. Johnstledger8 (1270) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 7, 2017
Bottle. Pitch black with a fading light brown foamy head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, caramel, vanilla. Taste is of coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, treacle, maple syrup. Sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation. alobar (3885) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2017
Pours tar black with aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and hint of bourbon. Big beer with coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and touch of alcohol. Great beer! BuckeyeBoy (8301) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2017
22-ounce bottle pours out black topped with a small-town head. Nose is big coffee milk chocolate roast malts more coffee. Taste is more of the nice rich roast malts coffee Chocolat some of vanilla maybe. This is one of the best beers epic makes always spot on. joergen (28991) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2017
Draught at Bottlecraft.
Black colored with notes medium sized beige head.
Roasted, bourbon, oak aroma of chocolate with notes of dried fruits.
Roasted flavor of chocolate, dried fruits and bourbon with notes of chocolate.