pgmccrea (2) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2010 does not count
Chocolate is more of a bitter cocoa. Makes the spice, maybe cayenne or chili, a little hard to figure b/c the bitterness of the cocoa. Pour was thick and dark. Aroma is decent but not what I expected. Will definitely drink this beer again but not if looking for a good chocolate stout. elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Served in a snifter. Pours an opaque, jet black, with a wispy dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing remains. Aroma is very forward, with a definite presence of alcohol. Roasted chocolate malts are the other main aroma, with some oakiness in the background. Taste is quite pleasant, as flavors of burnt chocolate and vanilla come forward immediately. Alcohol is present, but does not overpower. There is a pleasing sweet/sour interplay, too. The aftertaste is of chiles, and the bite increases as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is very good: thick, oily, and smooth, as you’d expect from a beer of this style. Overall, a fine stout, whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Got this one in a trade, but i can’t find in my notes who sent it to me. Whoever you are, thanks a bunch! I shared this one at Sourfest 2010, and it was a hit. Rich black pour with a strong tan to brown head. Nose is lots of oak and sweet dark fruit. Duh, the taste is rich chocolate sweet, oak, and rich roasted malt. Great beer. baraciisch (3278) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Black in color with tan head... Aroma of oak and roasted malts... Flavor is dark chocolate, oak, scotch, roasted malts... Oak is a little overbearing, but still a very good and complex beer... Nicely done larsniclas (7108) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2010
Sampled at SBWF09
Black. Medium, beige head.
Vinous oak in the aroma.
Milky chocolate in the flavour. Vinous with light, woody notes.
ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Appearance: might be the darkest beer I’ve ever seen. Head is like beautiful mud.
decaturstevo (6253) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Aroma: mostly dark chocolate, but not as intense as other chocolate stouts. Noticeable hops imparts some citrus.
Taste: delicious dark chocolate not overdone. Nice gentle bitterness with a touch of pepper in the aftertaste. Oak aging gives a slightly smokey and woody taste in the finish. Robust but smooth.
Drink: for 9.5% ABV it tastes and feels like something much lighter. You can gulp it or sip it. Booze is well masked.
Mouthfeel: not too thick, not too thin; not too lively, but not flat.
Overall: very impressive. Not the best chocolate stout I’ve ever had but a damn good one. Highly recommended.
Deep brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Medium chocolate and oak.
Chocolate and light oaky boozy flavor. A hard burnt coffee malt bitter finish. Medium/full bodied. pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle: Oily black and thick pour with not much head, but a brown ring head. Sweet choco-alcohol aroma with coffee and finished wood. Thick, woody, coffee flavors as well as strong alcohol. A great imperial stout that has more of an "in your face" quality than a smooth super-complex tone. Still, very good. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle; glad to try this one. Poured a dark brown color with a persistant, average sized lightly brown head. Aroma rose high from the glass. It featured cocoa, earthy hops, alcohol, wood, and a bit of roasted malt and caramel. Flavor had more hoppiness and a bit more hotness than expected; pepper as well. Probably could have done with less pepper as it kept getting in the way until the beer opened up a bit. Some nice flavor underneath, like some cocoa, wood , roasted malt and earthy hops, but it was always handicapped a bit. Could have been better. KyotoLefty (10311) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2010
Draught at MacGregors.
Big flavors of chocolate, oak, burnt wood, coffee. There is also a fruity, sour note with dark berries. Big and smooth; bold and tasty. A great mix of flavors with great balance. The sour edge really works to balance.