deyholla (10444) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewery during the 5th anniversary party. Poured black with near-opaque edges and a gray head that dissipated quickly. Aroma had strong notes of coffee, dark grains, and bitter chocolate with a roasted malt and spice backing. Flavor began with strong bitter coffee and bitter chocolate with some roasted malts and backing vanilla and spice.
JStax (5634) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap into a snifter. Appearance is a dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of spices and orange peel with notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste follows suit with the aroma and reminds me of an Imperial Stout that was blended with a Belgian White Ale. I would not have put those two together and expected it to work out, but this one does. This is delicious.