TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2013
Pitch black color, very dark brown head. Huge rye, dark chocolate, roasted malt notes. Full body, very warming, tons of rye, roasted malts, bitter hoppiness. Very spicy, the rye really shines. Ferris (15272) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle - Liquorice, dark chocolate and some light soy. Jet black and a dark brown head. Dark roast malts, spicy, espresso and alight sourness in the finish. Big and bold. dfearnley (2141) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle to flute
Caramel, whiskey, milk chocolate, soy, raisin
Dark brown, thin ringlike deep tan head.
Whiskey, cereal, caramel, leather. furthur (1192) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2013 edition from bomber. Pours like motor oil, utterly black and opaque. Chunky three inch pecan colored head dissipates to a skiff quickly, leaving moderate lacing. Aromas of yeast, tobacco, cider, shoyu, spice. Flavor rich and heavy. Tastes of chocolate, raisin, cider, grapefruit. Not as viscose as it looks. Smooth and rich, fine, mild carbonation. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
This is black with a broken sheet of toasted graham foam. When I first cracked this beer and took a whiff off the bottle, it smelled great. Now that I’ve poured the beer and let it breath for a few minutes, we have chocolate banana oatmeal. There’s some molasses and booze there too, a touch of spiced grains and warm milk. Flavor is sweet, roasted, some metal, some oats, plenty of cocoa and burnt toast, maybe a touch of coconut as it warms. Medium on full bodied with really low carbonation - this all comes together beautifully; honestly a really, really fine body and feel with a wet finish. I’m kinda torn on this beer, on one hand I really dig it, on the other, I think it’s an absolute strikeout for the style. Fuck it, grading to taste.
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
On tap at apex. Holy shit, this stuff is dark, and I've never seen such a dark cap on a beer. It looked wonderful as it spilled over the glass a bit. Aroma of dark chocolate and grain, not specific to rye. Taste is supreme dark chocolate and coffee, with a heavy wood backbone, and rye spice skin. Very dry finish, and cripes does it coat the mouth. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2013
22oz bottle pours a very inky black with some creamy, tan head. Nose of licorice, sweet, slight smoke, pepper, malt. Flavor is the same, malty, licorice, pepper, smoke, toast, coffee, crackers, brown sugar. Full bodied finish. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle at Darkness Day, high boost in full effect at this point. Pours black with tan head. Strong roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Flavor is also strong, thick dark chocolate and roasted malts. Would like to try this again! raphael (1254) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2013
I have not seen a darker head than this.d darker than milk chocolate, which the beer smells like, also molasses & black pepper, roast malt dominates the flavor, with resin hops, alcohol & brown sugar. very nice texture—oily, a slight bubble. burnt sticky alcohol finish arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big rye, dark chocolate, licorice, red fruits, hints of dark fruit, hints of oak, slight veggie and metallic notes. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, hints of slight cardboard, hints of nice rye, spice, hints of earth, slight dark fruits, hints of earth, finishing fairly bitter, dry.