cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle with friends, courtesy of daknole and forgetfu (I believe). 2008 vintage. Deep black appearance with a small, dark brown head. Rich anise, char, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruity aroma. Soft mouth feel. Vanilla, slightly smoky, rich, roasty, dark chocolate malty flavor with a warming finish. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2012
2008 bottle pour at Bill’s tasting, bottle #399. Pour was dark black with some thin brown around the edges, nice off white/tan head. Aroma had notes of dark fig, rum soaked fruits, vanilla, dark chocolate and sweet molasses notes. Taste was a mix of nice dark fruit and molasses, some vanilla, caramel and sweet chocolate finished pretty sweet. Nice stuff, age treated it well. Ratman197 (15452) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish browen with a lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, licorice, roasted maltr, bitter chocolate and light carmel. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice and light carmel with a smooth lingering bitter chocolate finish. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle/22oz (2011) - Pours a dark black/brown in color with a non-existent head and very low carbonation. Aroma is coffee and chocolate with slightly sweet caramel malts. Flavor is fairly sweet with some chocolate and minor coffee. No evidence of alcohol, surprisingly. Lingering sweet... followed by mild bitterness until the end. Pretty good.... CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2012
2007 vintage 12oz bottle: pours an oily opaque with a thin-lacing froth of beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate nose. Starts with good fullness and dark caramel sweetness with some molasses and rum raisin flavors before a slightly oxidized and warming dark chocolate finish. Has pretty good complexity throughout.
puboflyons (3508) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2012
From the 2010 batch. Bottle no. 18. It pours dark black with some brownish highlights if held to the light. There is no head to speak of however. The aroma explodes with coffee, dark malts, yeast, and a bittersweet but mellow hop note. The body was bold and heavy. The taste is dark and bittersweet with a dryish finale. This one is a very nice beer and one I could easily go for again. Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2010 Vintage bottle from Lillard, thank you. Pours dark, almost muddy brown and black with a caramel head. The aroma is a little too light, a bit of black licorice and developed roasted malts. The flavor is some roasted malts that has maintained a deep hop bitterness regardless of over a year of aging. The body is smooth and a bit creamy, enjoyable. Reynolds314 (3477) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Pours an oily almost greesy black with minimal head and low carbonation. Taste is really boozy and hot with notes of strong malts, dark fruit and very little roasted character. Not very impressive. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber, peoples pint has impressed me so far but they dun fucked up. This chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Too boozy and no roasted dark malty flavors.
2009 bottle... black body with a medium tan head, ok... this was a terrible beer, smelled ok but the taste is bad, very hot tastes like it should be 15%+, harsh bitter alcohol, a bit sour as well... drain pour