AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle from 2007. Pours black with tan foam. Chocolate, dark roast, dark fruit, cardboard aromas. Light bodied with average carbonation. Dark chocolate, Kahlua, dark coffee, deep roast malt, dark fruit flavors___warming boozy finish----not bad. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle @ Darkness Day eve, thanks to StFun for sharing. Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Dark chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and some booze in the nose. Fairly clean but a little boozy flavor. A little roast and more dark chocolate in the flavor. Fun. thomashall (994) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2008 Bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours black with minimal head. Strong bourbon and alcohol smell with some roasted malts. Taste some smoke with hint of chocolate. Bitter alcohol finish. Good beer. BVery (10501) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2008 bottle. Super dark pour. Fruity and dark. This is crazy good. Love it! knickskicks (1162) - - SEP 7, 2014
2010 bottle. Black pour. Nose is veggies, metal, oxidation. Taste is the same and very boozy.
wchesser (2073) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
’14 b-day tasting party. ’10 bottle from FlandersNed-thanks, Steve! Much thinner than I expected given the OG. Alcohol well integrated though. Nose of light soy, dark roast malts. Burnt malts, some light prune, light tartness on the finish, almost like a belgian style stout. Good, but perhaps on its way out... jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2014
2012 12oz bottle in a teku. Pours black with a small, beige head. Aroma of dark malts, some oak and alcohol, light dough, some dark fruits, and vanilla and chocolate. Flavor the same with a decent blend of everything, but a lot of ethanol. Smooth, thicker texture. A decent beer for 18% Ataraxia (533) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Almost black, thin beige head. Fairly strong soy sauce aroma from the oxidation, along with herbal elements, some anise, and toffee. Light sweetness overridden by a powerful umami taste and slightly salty twang in the back. Heavy, full-bodied, and low in carbonation. It was probably a decent enough beer at the time of its release but I could not go beyond a few sips. hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Rated on 10-24-2010 (Bottle) This 18%ABV beer pours a very small very fizzy light brown head that quickly dissipates, opaque brown-black body and no lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet, fruity, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, alcohol, roasted malt, and chocolate. The mouth feel is thick and this beer burns as it is digested. This beer is medium bodied. This is without a doubt a sipping beer as it packs a punch! This is a beer that would be enjoyed in front of a fireplace on a cold, snowy day. Definitely worth trying and a beer I would drink again. ineedbeer (2152) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2010 vintage bottle from the 2013 Winter Solstice party.
Aroma has a moderate chocolate character with lighter roast and coffee notes. Moderate soy sauce oxidation character. Light alcohol spice.
Pours black with a somewhat light mocha head of moderate thickness. The head recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers along with a faint film in the middle. No lacing and medium sized legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness with moderate roast notes. Moderately strong dark fruit notes of cherry, berry and grape. Medium to medium light bitterness without any hop flavor. Medium light soy sauce and other oxidation character. Light alcohol spice in the finish with lingering grape, roast and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with low carbonation. Medium low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall this is not an amazing beer. The oxidation creates a moderately unpleasant character and the berry ester notes are a bit strong. The malt notes have faded as well.