Nickls (2617) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Tap. Pretty much black in color with a darker tan head. Mostly prunes, chocolate and slight roast in the aroma. Falls on the sweeter side, chocolate maltiness, some roast in the finish. Creamier MF and subtle carbonation. MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2012
On tap 5 oz. sampler at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Cask version.
Opaque, near black mahogany with thin tan head and fair lacing.
Aroma of coffee, light toasted oasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate, cocoa.
Taste of toasted malt, chocolate, coffee caramel malts, and vanilla with a sweet finish.
Medium/light body and soft carbonation.
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Growler… Pours like a stout – dark brown – but sits black in my glass with a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Excellent retention. Huge deep-roast coffee, dark chocolate and fudge flanked by a trace of vanilla in the bouquet. Medium to full-bodied with nearly-expired carbonation. The flavor is burnt and bitter and full of unsweetened, Cuban-roast espresso. Finishes carbonic, scorched, acrid, astringent and fairly dry. Thanks a ton to both scraff and ygtbsm94 for shooting this rarity my way! Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
Big thanks to Brad for sharing this growler at last Saturday’s tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
The pour yields a very dark brown brew with a nice off-white head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good amount of coffee plus some roast in the background. A touch of chocolate. The flavor falls along the same lines. Nothing is too integrated and I’m not sure I’m a fan of the coffee used in this one. Medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish with a bit of roast and coffee bitterness. Pretty decent, but not my favorite coffee beer. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2012
On cask at Birch & Barley. Rich roasty nose with chocolate and coffee and light smoke. Caramel and mild dry hops. Coffee and cream. Dark brown-black clear with no head. Medium-heavy body with cask carbonation. Starts and stays sweet and rich. Chocolate, coffee and cream, light smoke. Finish is medium bitter with Twizzlers and coffee. Watery but OK with a bitter after.
Travlr (26423) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Cask. Black color, massive beige head, great retention. Aroma of walnuts and pecans. Taste is muddy, dirty, earthy. radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Cask at Churchkey. Saw this on there, as an Imperial Stout. "Hey, why not?" I say. Well, hmmm, doesn’t look much like an impy stout and doesn’t much taste like an impy stout - this can’t be any of the other casks on the menu... Strange. Flat looking when it arrived (there was carbonation in there), dark brown color. Aroma had roasted malts, touch of coffee notes. Flavor was bittter, with notes of malts, perhaps a touch of chocolate. Thin palate. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Tap at Max’s. Pours black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy coffee, roast malt, prunes, licorice and minty/woody hops. Flavor is dark chocolate, earthy coffee, dark fruits, wood, leather yeast, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation. sonnycheeba (6561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with medium, creamy tan head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is espresso, roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, and earthy hops. Flavor is heavy malt, light hops, and medium dark fruit esters; heavy espresso throughout with a dry finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Cask. Minimal off-white head atop clear garnet-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, caramel, some earthy, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some earthy, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.