kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Black Metal
Date: March 19, 2011
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, sticky sheets of lace
Aroma: dry roasted aroma, touch of fruity sweetness, dark chocolate, light toast
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, bitter dark chocolate, hint of coffee, dark caramel sweetness brings out a touch of dark fruits, long roasted finish with slight burnt character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
IrishBoy (4141) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Hopper. Pitch ebony black with a huge cinnamon brown head that did not hardly disapate at all in the 10 minutes before I sipped it. Nose is chocolate and very roasty coffee. Flavor is coffee, pepperiness, roast, bitterness, and chocolate. Finish is lightly bitter, roasted coffee.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, new American brew Anno 2010, thx to Wimenels!, complex Stout, roasted/malty and slightly spicy/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, rocky head, very good brew, yet expensive!
Martinus (4563) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Deep black pour, tan head. Aroma has loads of liquorice, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some caramel and molasses. Flavour malty sweet, somewhat bitter, liquorice, cocoa, roasted malts. Silky body, quite creamy, finish cocoa and bitter roasted malts. Nice.
(From 75cL bottle @ home. Thanks to atxdelivery!)
Gription79 (2873) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle
This is a solid imperial stout. There were notes of chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, had a metallic taste as well.
Damico (3145) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a bright amber hue and caramel head. The aroma is a sweet malts, light with a bit of soy sauce. The flavor has notes of chocolate, roasted malts and light bitterness from hops that blend together well on a smooth, lighter medium body.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Nose is pretty typical. Strong roast character, some molasses and dark fruit. Nothing really stands out too much. On tasting, body isn’t as big as I’d expect, the alcohol is discernible and there is just some lacking depth overall. Roast forward for sure, just not really anything that interesting.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from the Rare Beer Club. Black metal references are long past the point of over-saturation, aren’t they? But at least these guys namecheck Kreator and not some Billyberg crew like Krallice. Still, the beer is a pretty solid RIS. Big oily pour, with an almost chalky, gritty look to it. Thin cafe au lait head lasts forever, and leaves good lacing. Big boozy nose with huge roasted malts. Pretty aggressive and one-dimensional, but at least they realize that dimension well. Roasty, thick, powerful, a solid effort. Shoulda called it Suds of ND for sure though.
cfrancis (3256) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Don for this one. Pours a thick inky pitch black with a dark brown head. Reminds me of Zhukov with the pour. Aroma is rich roasted malts, dark chocolates and a hint of dark licorice. Taste is a full body, big roasted malts, like big big. Dark chocolates with a slight espresso tint. Great beer.
drfabulous (7106) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to blutt59. Big chocolate and roast flavor. Oily. Creamy brown head. Slight tart that I like from big imperial stouts. Very tasty and bold.