SudsMcDuff (8383) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2012
itís like iím wearing a sign .. . deep ruby brown black .. medium foam .. . light roast, burnt caramel, light barrel, and beat up kodiak bear .. . smooth and inky, a fantastic brew! .. . . Come on, eat the can! Come on! Travlr (24286) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Draft at GABBF. Black, brown head. Aroma of licorice and chocolate. Taste is smooth chocolate and coffee plus a hint of EtOH. Nice. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
FFS This is good. Great roasted , coffee and chocolate aroma. Nice dark , full pour, great chocolate, barrel, and coffee flavor. A goood blend of alcohol and hop. Nice. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Thick, viscous, very interesting RIS with unique character from the wine barrel, almost a light tartness with a slight nudge towards malbec tannins. Wenever I have had this beer Iíve liked it. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle shared at Mane Liquor. Pours viscous black with a small, tan head. Head lingers for a surprising amount of time considering the abv. Nice lacing down the glass. At first sniff, the nose is all creme brulee. Lots of vanilla, honey and maple syrup tones. As it opens up, loads of dark cocoa powder and molasses come out with a touch of pepper in there too. Dark fruits - dates, raisin soon come into play. Very dessert like nose. Less sweet in the taste, not to say it isnít sweet at all. Huge coffee in the taste. Triple espresso with layers and layers of vanilla and dark chocolate over the top. Amazingly, almost no heat from the abv. Syrupy mouth feel with a slight sweet warmth on the backend of the palate and a touch of grain. Incredible beer ! Hereís to a big christmas
Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
I hate to give a beer such a high rating but this one was worth it. Black, creamy, vanilla, great with any deep flavored dish or cigar. The heat is well masked so you wonít even know what hit ya. Yah Baby! Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2011
This poured a very dark brown color with an amazingly dark tan head. Aroma was lots of dark fruits and molasses, light roast and some dark chocolate. Flavor profile was that more of a belgian impy, very dark fruity and estery but still a decent amount of chocolate. Not very roasted but not overly sweet either. Hid the alcohol extremely well. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
I brought this one to our Stout Day event. 2009 bottle shared with a whole bunch of people.
A - Pours midnight black with a nice pillow of one and a half finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of coffee, licorice, tobacco, chocolate, and even some dark fruits. This one pretty much runs the gamut of dark aromaís with no one crowding out the others.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of coffee, dark fruits, licorice, tobacco, and some very faint booze. The flavors work very well together with nearly perfect balance. The finish is mostly dark roast but it doesnít linger on the pallet for very long.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, rich, feel that rally compliments this ones flavors very well. Very nice feel throughout.
O - I have been wanting to try this one and when I got this bottle in the Easter Bunny BIF I couldnít have been happier. It has a ton of flavor and it really works well. Good stuff for sure. skortila (5793) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2011
Bottled. Thanks for sharing, Noize. The aroma has chocolate, dark fruits, wine. Dark black coloured beer with a litle brown head. The taste is sweet, has chocolate, roast, fruitiness, wine, wood. Very full. Nice. nimbleprop (8280) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2011
22oz bottle, 2009 vintage pours a very oily, viscous, opaque black with very little brown head. Nose has a ton of cherry, some smoke, a little grape, soy. Flavor is sweet, grapey, cherry liqueur, almost like a grappa, toasty. Itís missing a solid malt backbone. Full bodied, oily, warming finish. Good, but the malt base has aged out. It needed some extra sweetness or maltiness. A little too thin at this point.