vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Licorice and anise aromas with some underlying roasted tones. Roasted and chocolate malt with some licorice and spices flavors. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Damn fine stout! Lots of chocolate, smoke and must. Finishes very clean, and with a nose full of ash and smoke. reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
From bomber, pours opaque black with substantial caramel foam. Finishes with a tart, dried cranberry flavor and bitterness. PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle for "Friendsgiving." Black-brown with warm-brown coarse head 2 1/2 inches thick, lingers. Fluffy. Aroma of substantial nobel hops, corn, touch of banana, mineral/metallic notes. Flavor is super roasty, BBQ and sweet mesquite. Body is medium, somewhat watery with fat, soft carbonation. Perhaps overpriced considering it costs more than many of their regular, exceptional beers. BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2013
750ml bottle pours out almost black topped with a long lasting tan head. Nose is roast licorice dark chocolate and some spice. Taste is more roast licorice and the dark chocolate.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
On tap at Sugar Maple. Brown to black with a dark brown slowly fading head that dissipates into a layer of pond scum. Aroma is earthy and roasty with dark malts, chocolate, mild licorice and peated malts. Taste is a bit sweeter and earthy with peated malts, chocolate, licorice, mild coffee and some alcohol. Leighton (21239) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle shared at Sander’s in NYC. Pours deep brown with a foamy, beige head. Well toasted malts in the nose with burnt toffee, coal, Belgian yeast. Medium sweet flavor with dried berries, chocolate, raisins, good roast, ash, burnt wood. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish, lightly warming, with moist ash, charcoal, Belgian yeast, burnt toast, charred toffee. Pretty nice. bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
On tap at Beer Revolution in #yeg. Pours a dark black, with a tan head with decent retention. Aroma is coffee grind, earthy fragant malt with notes of black licorice, chokecherry, and chocolate.On the palate is lots of earthy dry roasty maltiness, tempered with mild sweet notes of chocolate, and a minty licoricey herbal kick. Medium-full bodied, with the bitter roast malts drying the mildly spicy finish. I guess I’m on the Night’s Watch.
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a big dark tan head. Light roast and light spice aroma with light yeast. Licorice and light chocolate flavor with light roast and yeast. Medium bodied. Licorice and light chocolate linger with light roast, east, and light spice. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
750ml bottle - $8.49 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pour a near black body with a tall, tan head with some good staying power.
Smell: Roasty malts with noted fragrant licorice tones, deep sniffs of dark fruit (prune, black cherry), a little cocoa powder, earthy roasted nuttiness, and cutting, jutting phenols.
Taste: Roasty maltiness, some softer, softened chocolate and lightly sweetish caramel. Not much sweetness, really. Herbal, licorice with a touch of spearmint. A bit smokey. Dark fruitiness throughout. Yeasty phenolics. Burnt, ground walnut. A little bitterness. Drying, roasty with a little singe of spice on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth yet nimble on the tongue.
Overall: Tried at the end of a very, very long work week. Made me think of a Belgian-esque Irish Dry Stout with a pumpernickel vibe. I apologize, as I write this, I am very, very tired.