TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Draft @ Southern Sun, Winter 2010: Jet black. Rich khaki ring of head. Potent aromatics of fudge cake, burnt toffee, licorice, prunes, soy sauce and a background whiff of sappy hops. Soft carbonic prickles. Viscous body. Vinous and intensely tarry with liquefied black licorice swirled with espresso-drizzled prunes bathing in alcohol. Tacky and decadently rich, yet never quite cloying due to a vividly-defined punch of smoky roast and baker’s chocolate. Chewy combo of sweetened chocolate, butter toffee and fluffy nougat bolster the core by lending substantial depth. Clean and well-structured despite the sweetness, though many subtleties take a backseat to the forceful alcohol. Gritty char hugs the palate and generates ample acidity as does a faint dried-plum fruitiness. Closes with stacks of bittersweet chocolate adorned with oily espresso and a captivating fusion of crisp char, burnt cookies, tar, and ash. Rather boozy, and it wants to become medicinal due to the high concentration of residual sugars and high alcohols. But I’d wager lowering the gravity considerably would turn this into be a real winner. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
On tap at Falling Rock. Pours black and thick, pretty awesome-looking, with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is huge, big and chocolatey with roast, anise, and booziness, leaving no doubts as to the heft of this brew. The flavor is also really strong, a real licorice bomb (which fortunately I like). Dark chocolate, roast, coffee, and bittering hops add to the complexity. The body on this one is insanely full - it’s one of the thicker beers I’ve ever had. Strong and boozy on the palate, yet very smooth and slick. Insane beer overall. I enjoyed it in its extremeness. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Tap at brewpub.jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a deep mahogany with an aroma of vanilla extract candle. Flavor is vanilla extract chocolate syrup on ice cream. (Yep, quite a combination.) Motor oil on the tongue. And I know ’cause I gargle with motor oil every morning. Delicious beer.
Draft at southern sun. Best brew of my boulder trip. Full bodied. Alcohol well hidden. Excellent. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2010
tap. impenetrable black with a small ring of medium-dark brown foam. nose is straight up port: raisin, alcohol, wine barrel, concentrated scorched red grapes. silky, creamy, thick and viscous and extremely sweet up front. more raisins, roast, scorched dates, heavy sugar. it’s a mephistopheles clone, I’m sure. good but not great, and the resemblance of the nose to port is fun.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2010
(Draught) Pours a black body with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted grains, chocolate, anise, vanilla, raisins, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate with a bitter finish. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Draught at Southern Sun. Pours black with a small, creamy dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, toffee, coffee), average hop (herbs, grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of raisin, plum, prune, date, and maple syrup. Full bodied, creamy yet alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.