Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
In bottle at Craig’s. A black beer with a tan head that dies away early. Aroma of chocolate, honey and coffee. Similar flavours with alcohol quite present. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nice. cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head .... sweet toffee roast ... dark malt nose ... chocolate malts ... dark roast ... bit toffee malts ... light bitter charcoal ... little honey malt ... bit thinner than id like ... soft coffee in linger Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Half liter bottle pours dark darkness with chocolaty mocha like head. The modest aroma has dark roasted malts mixing with muted spicy black licorice, molasses and a faint note of slightly singed toffee. The taste lacks a bit of body but delivers rich dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, a bit of burnt malts and then some yummy chocolate around the edges. It does have a sense of mineral earthiness that distracts a bit from the experience. All in all a tasty treat. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
500mL bottle, no date from Mission Valley BevMo! Black with a small creamy dark mocha head, fading to a thick ring and swirling head. Big dark fruit and prune nose with some semi-sweet chocolate and caramel, and some roast backing with a bit of oxidation. Pretty dessert-y. Flavor has less sweet fruits at first, and a good deal more roast. Big burnt ashy roast in the dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 4. Also getting a touch of pine. Low prickly carbonation with a full body. mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Dark in color. Rich and roasty nose. Some good coffee aromas. Rich flavored. Roasted coffee with just the lightest hint of chocolate. Finish has a hint of a hop bite. Good stout.
jredmond (8645) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a black body with thin lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of chocolate malts, roast and toasted malts. j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a crimson tinged black with a touch of a tan head. Lots of plum and prune notes, oxidized, malt and roast, chocolate. Medium bodied, sweet with roast and chocolate, this out. Light bitterness and more oxidization on the finish. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2011
bottle from bevmo 2.99. 2/7/11.
thin pour but dark... blackish with a soft orange tinted head.
candy aroma initially... roasty, grapes, cherry, nuts, caramel, lactose, choco, spice and minty herbal hops.
theres a bit of molasses in the flavor along with mild smoke, dark vinous fruit, choco, spice, caramel and herbaceous hops with a light sour finish and ashy aftertaste.
it is light bodied for the style (but it is barely imperial) but extremely quaffable and a definite surprise compared to everything else this brewery has to offer. there’s a lot of hyped i.s. that aren’t this good... 7/3/7/3.5/16 Ratman197 (15364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
500 ml bottle courtesy of Irishboy (thanks Richard) poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of prunes, roasted malt, carmel, dark chocolate and light licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, dark chocolate, carmel and prunes with a smooth lingering roasty finish. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Sampled at the DC Ratebeer gathering. 50cl bottle pours a watery, opaqeub alck with a thin, tan head. Nose is dark, toasted bread, peppery, malty, a little chocolate. Flavor is smokey, peppery, toasted dark bread, strong toasted malts, cherries, a little raisins. Full bodied, dry finish.