nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2010
Super thick black pour with a chocolate head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, coffee, and dark fruits. Flavors of dark chocolate, bready malt, coffee, dark fruits, light wood, and underlying bitter hops. Really chewy body with a soft carbonation. Sweet and roasty with a bit of earthiness, starts to end sweet but finishes bitter and that finish is long. Overall, I like this better than BORIS, more roasted/coffee/chocolate notes vs licorice and dark fruits. bluejacket74 (1996) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but has the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a bit of booze. Also, the hop flavor is stronger in the taste (compared to the light hops in the aroma). This is a good and mostly bitter stout. Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s creamy, rich, coating, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, but this is definitely a sipping brew. There’s a bit of booze noticable that cuts down on the drinkability a bit. All in all I think this is a good beer. I think I’ll be aging my other bottle for a while! Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Strong roast aromas, with a touch of hops in the finish. Pours an opaque black with a dark tan head. The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, and a touch of bitterness in the finish. It’s got an amazing full and creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol is amazingly well hidden. A really good beer, and one I may be attempting to pick up an extra bottle or two to lay down. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2010
One of several bottles I managed to scrounge from the stores in Lakewood. This beer is such a monster. What amazes me most about it is how the large amounts of bitterness don’t kill the beer’s mouthfeel. There is still such a large amount of viscous malt flavors, candy sugar, pillowy marshmallow, vanilla and a little bit of roast nuts/woody flavor here. Lord, this is one heckuva wallop to the senses.... but damn if it isn’t enjoyable. It may be overdoing it in my eyes, but its nice to see something like this came from good ol’ Akron. barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
It pours an opaque black with a thin dark caramel head. The smell was a nice roasted chocolately coffee aroma. The taste was big and bold chocolate, coffee, caramel with mounds of hops. Yes i too tasted a bit of wood to it but that didnt completely throw me off it actually was a nice blend. It finishes smooth with the alcohol well hidden. Very nice beer.
MrBunn (2869) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle picked up from Fred at Hoppin Frog this afternoon. It’s always lovely to see you and chat, Fred. This pours a thick and dark brown with a slowly rising tan head and thick aromas of chocolate, something like figs and brown sugar, some toffee, light coffee and cream. Flavor is interesting... I can tell there is a pretty good hops presence in there (resiny pine surfaces from time to time across the palate, but it is pretty overwhelmed by the sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee and dark fruits.) The main focus here is dark chocolate, and there is a healthy dose of alcoholic warmth in the mid to late palate. Darn good stuff. dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Pours black with very minimal head, almost no lacing. The nose isn’t overwhelming but there is molasses, alcohol and, some alcohol (my nose isn’t up to par right now, I’ll re-rate the beer later because of this). The flavor is pretty nice; some coffee, chocolate and, vanilla. It finishes a little bitter, you can notice the hops and the mouthfeel is pretty sublime. Nice brew, give it a shot if you can find it.
First rate on this one, bitches.