WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Black as can be, espresso colored head. Flavor is dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa powder. Thick bodied, chewy. Sweetness is well balanced by a nice dry roast. Slight alcohol burn at the end. Smooth like butter on the palate. This is quite a beer. Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours a very dark brown (black hole it is indeed!) with thick dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is sweet roasted malts and notes of cocoa/dark chocolate. Flavor is like chewing chocolate covered espresso beans to a tea, and done perfectly. It is so smooth that it goes down without bitter notes. Chocolate, sugar, malts and coffee combine perfectly. Body is just above medium with light carbonation. A delicious beer to sit back and enjoy. Will definitely be getting another. Goodgrief (2022) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Nov. 2007 - Thanks to eaglefan538 for sharing. dark as night pour with decent head and even some lacing. Strong coffee aroma. Flavor was strong coffee with serious fruit and vinous notes that I didn’t find overly pleasant. The coffee, roast and chocolate were really nice, though, even though this was a bit too sweet. Nice beer. DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Pours a very dark brown with a short but full light brown head. Aroma of sweet, lightly roasted caramel malts and black pepper mixed with coffee. Also some hop aroma. Taste is incredibly unique for a stout. Very sweet and almost fruity at first with a finish full of that black pepper/coffee flavor along with alcohol. The body is very creamy and hints at chocolate. Very complex flavor palate. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2008
Ruby to black hue without a proper head. Big depth of colour though. Stronge aroma of coffee, prunes, chocolate and rum raisin cake. A barrage of espresso, alcohol, rye porridge, black currents, leather, vanilla, liquorice and oak all come together to create a stunning impression of a Zinfandel. Rosemary, perhaps even more forcefully some sappy pine, rounds out the experience. Solid sweetness throughout with moderate roast. Fairly nimble on the tongue -- especially considering the % -- with some warming alcohol. Very red wine like; fruit blows up in the flavour eventually with coffee and chocolate taking to the back for a while. Medium to heavy body with a silky texture and soft carbonation. And I had just been wondering what a beer would be like if brewed to be more like a wine...
37.5cl bottle, bbe 14/08/11, thanks Jukkabro.
cgarvieuk (24236) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2015 Bottle at Toms Glasgow tasting 2 ... Deep black ... hops and coffee in nose ... sweet malts ... lots of roast ... quite a bit of caramel and toffee ... some wooody tones ... and more coffee. garthicus (2925) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2008
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... huge roast malts ... big woodynesss ... light coffee nose... sweet sweet roast malts ... big chocolate ... light caramel ... juicy blackcurrant roast malts ... big toffee ... little plum ... good roast 4.2
bottle at home .. black ... thick tan head ... soft dry pine ... soft cardboard roast malt nose .. dark sweet malts .. dark pine fruit malts roast ... soft chocolate ... dark soft malt roast ... nice sweet chocolate ... dark chocolate roast ... soft pine ... long white suger finish ///odd very swwet 3.9
Thanks Hogtownharry, shared with Harry too. Thick black pour, brown medium head which reduces quickly but is easily agitated back to glory. Coffee - baileys aroma. Coffee-toffee-christmas pudding flavour - raisens, cherry and a large alcohol finish - PHEW! A big beer indeed, thanks for sharing Harry. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Dark black body with ruby highlights. Big roast, molassas and hop aroma with lots of coffee. Coffee flavor with light roast and hops. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. 8/5/9/4/17 - 4.3
03/29/2008: Richmond Industry Gathering 2007. Dark black body with a light brown head. Heavy bitter aroma with some caramel and chocolate. Heavy malty flavor, strong bitter, chocolate and molassas. 8/5/9/4/18 - 4.4 HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle (375ml - green, corked & caged). Shared with garthicus, my bottle. Thick opaque black pour, minimal head. Deep dry roast aroma, near-burnt, molasses and alcohol, very herbal. Taste - even more bitter, burnt cookies, dry bitterness, quite boozy at it warms, figs and long-steeped raisins, coffee grounds and nutshell bitterness. Thick, syrupy body, deeply roasty mouthfeel, astringent and increasingly boozy - lovely, really - wouldn’t drink it regularly, pretty "big." thomat (3830) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2008
Very dark brown, almost black with a small off-white head. Roasted with coffe tones. Malty with coffe and chocolate aromas and a hint of vanilla.
Full bodied with a long, well balanced, bitter aftertaste.