pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you to BlackIPA for the chance to try this fantastic beer.
Pours menacing and black with no light , not even around the edges. A little thick but not so thick like oil. Had a fair head of beige foam that fell fast and left a big ring with enough lace to look at. Nose is dark and roasty. Chocolate and a bit of fruit. Hops take a backseat but I do get a little plum from the nose. Drinks smooth and a little hot. Milky chocolate and full malt. Molasses, brown sugar, raisins. Medium heavy body and very creamy.
Drinks hard with the alcohol but pleasantly so. The heat lingers at the back of the throat and the chocolate is divine. I got a few hints of spice on the nose but so far none of the cinnamon allspice and ginger that other people talked about. Maybe it needs to warm. Big beer. Really big beer.
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kind of a non-descript one here. Chocolate malts, decent bitterness, boozy.
alexsdad06 (9727) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99 (Dec. 2012, from notes). Pours black with a small beige head that doesn’t really last. The aroma has huge dark fruits, figs, chocolate, sweet malts and tobacco. The flavor is big and boozy early. With some warming you get dark fruits, raisins, some roast, chocolate, molasses and tobacco. This is pretty busy, but I enjoyed it for the most part.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bottle. Here we go, the next in the amazing lineup of trainwreck beers this brewery brings to the table. Roasty, sweet, dark malt aroma, lightly spicy and hoppy with notes of coffee, raisin, cocoa, dark brown sugar, some medicinal alcoholic tones, cherry and faint vanilla in the background. Dark brown-black color, pretty solid, with a faint, dispersing, light brown head. Flavor profile is quite sweet and alcoholic overall, with plenty of dark sugary sweetness dominating the subtler malt nuances of dried fruit, dark chocolate, smoke and earthy hop, and with a big, warming, spicy, alcoholic finish. Low in effervescence but quite prickly and syrupy on the palate, utterly coats the mouth, body is gigantic to match. Rather intimidating stuff, both to start and to finish.
JulienHuxley (5701) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. What a sweet boozy mess. The aroma was actually not that bad. Vanilla laden, sweet toffee, caramel and fruity esters. But the taste. Ultra sweet, diabetic coma inducing sweet, thick, syrupy and boozy palate. A monster ale, designed by and for monsters, without my enjoyment in mind. Only drain pour of the night.
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit of everything, with those 16 malts. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, soy sauce. Very, very rich. Some dark fruits. Some medicinal flavors, and a bit of Jagermeister if I’m not mistaken. The 16 hops are indistinguishable from the stronger malt flavors. Dark brown with a minimal head. Warming. Why am I drinking this in 92 degree weather? Ah well... it’s pretty good.
BiereLuc (1275) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bière brune-noire avec une mousse moka. Nez chocolaté. En bouche, c’est justement un chocolat sucré qui nous accueil, le tout guidé par des notes très puissantes d’alcool (16%). S’il y avait un sirop de concentrer pour fabriquer de la bière, ça goûterait exactement ça! C’est bon, mais un peu intense pour des papilles de fin de soirée.
cards04 (2729) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible. Aromas of molasses and sour cherries. Corn syrup too. Smooth and sexy palate. Nice sweet corn syrup flavours. Coffee and chocolate note. A touch of sour too. Alcohol is very well hidden... Some warming booze. Unreal good.
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[5127-20130217] Bottle. Woody strong malt aroma. Black brown body with no lasting head. Boozy woody malt flavour has a bit of nuts and something like hot pepper in the background. Full body. Delicious, in smaller quantities. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(c/o tuqueboy, w/ him, jerc)
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Once again a wonderful beer. Best when fairly warm. Very malt forward as usual, but it got a little medicinal, but not in an entirely bad way. Will hopefully age very well. Hops are really just there to keep this from becoming a sickeningly sweet mess.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma had light grain; moderate roasted malts; heavy chocolate and chocolate syrup; and hints of coffee as it warmed; (I know the hops were there but I couldn’t describe them); cherry; soy sauce; dark fruit; and a fair amount of alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and acidic, lightly bitter, and alcoholic; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter and acidic, and alcoholic with an average on flavor and long on alcohol finish. There was chocolate syrupy, soy sauce, Robitussin, cherry cough drips, roasted malt, dark fruit, alcohol, slight citrus and pine hops, and coffee syrup. The full body was slightly syrupy but more oily and sticky on the lips with soft but very tingly (especially for the high ABV) carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.