Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle: Huge aroma loaded with black licorice, chocolate, plums, grapes, and alcohol. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate beige head that leaves behind some thin spotty lacing. The flavor starts with lots of black licorice, plums, and grapes. There’s also a moderate chocolate presence. The finish has moderate piney hops, alcohol, and very faint black coffee. Full-bodied and syrupy with mild carbonation. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle at 18% ABV, Opaque with tan head and some lace. There is an oily inky thick film that clings to the glass. The aroma has notes of rich tobacco, heavy charred and chocolate malt, coffee, molasses, fig, wood, clove and herbs with moderate phenolic activity. The taste starts with lovely malt base (chocolate and smoke) supported by lush twangy fruit. Syrupy sugars, Pumpernickel and Rye bread, resiny leafy hops, and an astringent boozy finish. This has a thick syrupy mouth feel with a sharp biting edge. The finish is shockingly dry than expected. A big sipping beer that should age nicely. This beer ROCKS! pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 tap at solstice party....poured a very muddy dark brown with a thin almost non-existent tan head....aroma of caramel and lots of sweet malt as well as some chocolate notes. not sure if my taste buds and olfactory senses were just fried at this point but i got very little in the way of coffee and roast. the aroma left something to be desired......very boozy in the flavor as this was one of the first things i notices. then a plethora of sweet brown sugar and dark fruit. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Impenetrably black, pours with a slight head, which doesn’t immediately vanish. Deeply roasty, insanely charred, BIG hop bitterness (pine sap), touches of bourbon and coffee. Smells like hot coffee left on the burner a long time plus burnt maple. Alcohol heat upon fully warmed like you would not believe. Good body, appropriate for the style. All in all a good stout but the serious alcohol presence could be tamed a bit. Age this one for decades.