yespr (45869) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2011
From tap at Saint Bock. Pours dark brown to black with a small creeamy and brown head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, ight smoked touch. Thick malty and dark breadish. Dry and roasted into a bitter and dark malty finish. Ends dry and roasted, bitter. nimbleprop (8458) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3oz pour at Max’s. Pours a watery, translucent black with zero head. Toast, brown sugar nose, a little rubbery, some leafy veg. Flavor is really good, toast, chocolate, a little leafy veg, brown sugar, sweet malt. Medium bodied, dry finish. HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2011
Cask - Volo Cask Days 2010, Day 3 (session 7) - my last rating from 2010 - another great year!! 85 IBUs. Black with a solid frothy and lasting tan head. VERY hoppy aroma, tart - deep roast but it’s mostly the citrus/resin bitterness that comes across ... hardly any alcohol for 7%. Taste is more sour, much less hoppy - good, but I expected more from that aroma. Average body, a bit astringent and acidic, longish dry bitter finish (sneaky bitterness) after up-front maltiness ..... I enjoyed drinking this one, but an incredible aroma on it. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Black pour with an off-white head. Aroma holds a lot of really nice complex smoke and earth. Flavor holds a lot more smoke, but not a ton of complexity. Still a good drinkable palate and very tasty. j12601 (12678) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
On tap at the Ginger Man during their Hopfenstark event. Pours a deep black with a thin beige to tan head. Lightly sweet and floral, toast and roast, and wood. Smooth and sweet, fine carbonation, chocolate and toast and roast. Dark fruit. Chewy roast, chocolate and tannins. Lots of bitter cocoa, chocolate and char on the finish.
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
Draft @ ginger man NYC. Dark pour tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt with some light bitterness and licorice tones. Some hints of woody tones. jredmond (8333) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Draft at GM with Andrew, Streets and Brendan. Pours a deep brown almost black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is nice roasted malts and biscuity. Mouthfeel is great - some dryness, notes of great roast, bitter chocolate - and something sweet. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Black coffee tan head good retention. Really woody dry hints of licorice malty choc tones. A bit roasty oak hints of burnt coffee very dry n roasted. Bitter chocolate. Hints of birch. Hint of maple but really bitter dry a touch silky creamy carbonation. Nailed it. deyholla (11759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2011
On tap. Poured black with a large brown head that lasted throughout the beer and laced nicely. Aroma had a strong roasted malt note with some coffee and a bit of dark chocolate as well as a dryness. Flavor was similar with strong roasted malts throughout, some coffee, a slight bitter hop note and quite a dry finish. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Draft. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasty with a big hop bite. They had it listed as a black IPA but who knows.