Streets (29) - New York, New York, USA - APR 26, 2011
Wonderful aroma with hint of chocolate. Body is dark as night with a powerful taste. Hint of chocolate with very malty aftertaste. Wonderful to drink with only a hint of the ABV contained within DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Big thanks to glazeman for the opportunity to drink this.
4.5 A: Black color. Not quite one finger of light brown frothy head that falls quickly overall, but has good retention for being 18% ABV.
5.0 S: Wow this is nice. Full on flavor. Good bit of roastiness to start with, then bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and toffee next. Also a bit hit of smokiness. The most amazing thing about the aroma is that the massive alcohol is hidden nearly perfectly. It doesn’t really register in the nose, but can tell it’s there on the exhale as it blows it up into my eyes, causing a slight burning. Not the most complex smelling brew, but the integration of what is there is flawless.
4.5 T: Taste is not quite as amazing as the nose, but it does follow it closely. Good bit of roastiness again, but this time the residual sweetness is strong enough to overcome it. Molasses is a big contributor here (and the heavy body leads you to believe that you might be drinking molasses anyway), toffee, dark roast coffee which I didn’t pick up in the nose, sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate again. Warming alcohol throughout and especially on finish. However, the taste of alcohol (not the warming) is again pretty well hidden.
5.0 M: Big thick, rich, and heavy body. Smooth as silk. Carbonation is on the lower end, but is fine for this brew. This is how I like RISs to feel.
4.5 D: An excellent example of a super high gravity brew. The residual sweetness can be a bit cloying at times, but it’s pretty well balanced for what it is. I’m not big on the taste of alcohol and fortunately this brew does a great job of hiding it. There aren’t really any major flaws, but this could perhaps be a bit better with a touch more roasted barley. Anyway, I think I have to get some more of this now.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-22-2010 05:20:21 jredmond (8928) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2011
Draft at RnH with Andrew, Streets, and Brendan during the Kuhnhenn Brewery Tap Takeover Event. Pours a pitch black body with nice brown lacing. Aroma is light, but very pleasant sweet molasses notes. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with notes of tart and sour roast, molasses and some chocolate. Incredible palate - no boozy notes at all. Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Got a bottle of this at the brewery 10th anniversary party. Pours black with light tan head. Aroma of chocolate coffee, very sweet smelling. Taste of coffee and sweet fruit flavors as well The alcohol was present, but it blended so well with the flavor, that it wasn’t very noticeable to me. I couldn’t help but rate this beer very high. I can’t find anything wrong with it, and its quite delicious. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/17/10. pitch black pour with no head. lighter nose than expected with some licorice and dark malts. smooth body with big roasted malts, sweet sugars and a nice bitterness. candy rolled up in rich alcohol soaked chocolate. sweet alcohol finish.
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Draft at RattleNHum in NYC. Pours midnight black with a very small, rapidly fading head. The beer notes of coffee, cocoa, sweet candy sugar, and has a light herbal undertone of liccorice. Finish is lasting but not overly cloying. Great stuff. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2009
On tap at MSBF. Opaque black with small burnt brown head. Aroma is fruity and roasty, sweet, red fruit. Flavor is big roast, pine, pretty big alc, red and other fruit. Full and creamy body, coffee, chocolate, some alc burn. This is essentially the closest thing I have ever had to darklord with more alc and burn. Brigadier (3800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2009
On tap at GTMW 2009
dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
There seems to be a love/hate thing going on with this beer. Maybe it was the heat or the festival atmosphere but put me firmly in the "love" camp. If this is actually 19% it is one of the most balanced high gravity beers I have ever tried. In fact the only other beer I have had which is just as deadly is also from Michigan (Livery’s Tripplebock).
Aroma / Appearance - Warm and a little boozy as you’d expect from something that is above 18% it is nonetheless not as boozy as the Bo’s that preceded it. Coffee and anise are the strongest of many components in the sticky oily mass.
Flavor / Palate - Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV this was amazingly smooth. Even in the intense heat of a 90+ degree Wisconsin afternoon it held up. Unlike either its predecessor or World Wide Stout I could drink a 375ml nip in an evening. Much more would be deadly as anything this warm would be.
12oz bottle. Shared with some friends at a tasting in Sarasota. Dark brown pour with an off white bubbly head. Aroma is somewhat boozy but with a good amount of coffee, malts, and chocolate. The flavor is pretty sweet, but the ABV is masked very well amongst the flavors. The malts really come through in the flavor the most. A great beer to say the least. Sledutah (8075) - Utah, USA - NOV 20, 2011
12oz (2010) bottle from NobleSquirrel
Appearance: Pours dark brown with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruit, rich chocolate, coffee and vanilla
Taste: Full mouthful of roasted malts, rich chocolate, coffee grainy and a hint of hot alcohols
Wow, this is a great beer. Hard to believe it is 18%, very smooth