presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2010
Aroma of alcohol and bitter dark chocolate. Tastes like a cherry blossom. Cherry liquere, coconut and chocolate. Where does the fruit flavour come from? robinvboyer (4611) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
500 ml bottle from the lcbo.
Dark brown pour, not as dark as i expected. Sweet malty aroma, light roast and some subtle dark fruits. Low carb, good mouth feel. Finish is quite sweet, almost cloying. Light bitterness, and light roast, with a touch of coffee. Hmmm, kinda disapointed. jsquire (4425) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
This is a dark beer with a small tan head. Big sweet molasses nose. Tastes of sweet caramel corn, brown sugar, raisens and some toast. This beer deserves a better rating, but it was late in the night. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Poured a hazy caramel brown color with a beige head and thick oily brown legs. The aroma was salty, smokey, and doughy. Phenolic and smokey flavor but there was some sweet chocolate. Some heat on the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
Deep brown,big lasting tan head.Light roasty nose,hint of chocolate
.Big smoky burnt profile,bacon overtones.Lasting roasted bitterness in finish
Light alcohol heat.
beastiefan2k (3903) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
500mL bottle shared by JoeMcPhee. Poured into a copita glass with a larger brown head and a black body. Aroma is partially affected by the overcarbonation, take some elements away from it. Otherwise, there is a good amount of roast and light cocoa maltiness. The flavor is nicely balanced with the thick roast, cocoa and light dark fruit sweetness. It’s easy drinking yet full of flavor. Just needs a little less carbonation. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2011
500 ml bottle from a BarTowel private order, shared with Lubiere, served cool in a tulip glass. Bottled DEC 1/09. 21AU11.Spab (3785) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2010
App.: Deep brown-black with a nice, dense tan head.
Aroma: Very deep licorice and molasses, quite fruity, slightly ashen, a little leafy and herbacious, a touch dusty, some soy sauce, a touch floral, lovely.
Palate: Medium-full body, restrained effervescence.
Flav.: Really big, beautiful dark chocolate, huge molasses and licorice, a touch of brine or soy sauce, lots of dark dried fruits, some leafy hops, huge and beautiful; sweet with sufficient bitterness, vanilla, chocolate, etc., dark dried fruits, long residual molasses and licorice, alcohol, beautiful.
500 ml bottle from Bishop’s Cellar. Pours a very dark brown with small but lasting tan head. Lightly roasted aroma with moderately sweet dark fruit and some cocoa. Taste is also lightly roasty with much stronger fruitiness (raisin, prunes), toffee, cocoa with a light hoppiness. Alcohol is fairly muted for 9%. Delicate carbonation. Quite nice. gegwilson (3676) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle generously provided by Ellen & Malcolm. Very deep mahogany with no real head. Mild sweet molasses aroma. Lots of sweet licorice flavour with bitter coffee coming in on the finish with warming alcohol. Really nice stuff. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2009
500 ml bottle
Thanks to jerc for giving me a bottle of this. It was so tempting that it moved right to the front of the queue. All told it was actually a solid baltic porter. Not heavy on the palate despite the ABV it makes for a nice nightcap.
Aroma / Appearance - Short lived the beige head collapsed like a sandcastle at high tide. The black fluid base soon took over the full glass. Dark and bittersweet chocolate, blackberry, smoke, and airy coffee complement each other nicely. Well balanced and thought out it is clear some craft and care went into this one. The ashy finish is the cherry on top of a solid product.