Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2015 arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
2008 bottle..Pour is dark black with a light tan head..Nose is oxidation, spice, chocolate, spice...Taste is oxidation, chocolate, brownie, musty, harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Vintage 2010, Bottle #31 AirForceHops (7895) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2013
A half inch of mocha foam falls quickly over this black ale. There remains a ring of said foam. No lace. Smells of leather, anise, molasses, alcohol and some hints of apple. I’m happy with this. I would suspect this to taste like a toned down aged Nightstalker.
Sweet with bitter bite. There’s a hop presence to this still and reminds me of some of the hop profiles in some ABA’s. I like it as it’s a little spicy and a little meaty. Theres a certain nitrite flavor to this beer. Some dark malts, hint of blackstrap and some graham as well. Medium on heavy with low carb. i would argue a little more carb would go a long way to help open this beer up. Alcohol is not notable on the flavor.
I liked this beer. I think, based on reviews, I would enjoy this beer with another year, or at least an ’09 as the reviews on the ’09 are pretty stellar.
Serving type: bottle
22 oz. bottle 2012 vintage. Black liquid with fleeting tan head. Aroma is a burst of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Still has noticeable alcohol notes which really shocked me after nearly 12 months of cellar. I guess it should have sat another year? Maybe I built this up in my mind because it wasn’t mind blowing in the flavor department. Good and drinkable but nothing that I have to run to Western MA to get again. johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2013
On tap at ACBF 6/1/2013 williamstome (2011) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Fruity roasty caramel toffee butterscotch mess. This has been an elusive brew for me I finally got to try it and I feel a little let down.
Black pour, small brown head. Very pruny aroma, strong. Soy sauce notes perhaps? Hmm. Flavor like prune juice and chocolate. Chewy mouthfeel. Yum.
GRM (4198) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
Sample, brown bottle, 12 ounces, 2009, bottle 282, from and with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!). savoured on October 18 2012; eye: black, opaque, dark brown head, average lacing; nose: molasses, roasted barley, dark chocolate, slight coffee, light burnt barley; mouth: molasses, roasted barley, dark chocolate, slight coffee, light burnt barley, soy sauce, ink, dry finale in roasted barley with presence of pleasant acridness, full body, not much carbonation, astringency, harsh; overall: quite fine thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Échantillon, bouteille brune, 12 onces, 2009, bouteille 282, de et avec Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 18 octobre 2012; œil : noire, opaque, mousse brun foncé, dentelle moyenne; nez : mélasse, orge torréfiée, chocolat noir, très léger café, léger orge brûlée; bouche : mélasse, orge torréfiée, chocolat noir, très léger café, léger orge brûlée, sauce soya, encre, finale sèche en orge torréfiée avec présence d’âcreté agréable, corsée, peu carbonatée, astringence, texture rugueuse; en résumé : bien bon
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a semi-opaque dark ruby red brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. . The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish mild roasted malt aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt and dark malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again. Lubiere (14182) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
2009 vintage: A deep dark stout with a thick dark brown head. In aroma, a musty bitter chocolate with molasses and coffee grinds. In mouth, a rich and complex bitter chocolate, soy sauce, molasses, burned bitterness, alcohol warmth, very nice. Shared with GRM, Oct. 2012. Huhzubendah (3761) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Vintage 2009 beernbourbon (1601) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2012
The beer is a near black shade, with a finger of tan head that generates some decent lacing upon the glass. The aroma is enticing, with some nice chocolate notes and a healthy roast presence. The flavor is not quite as enjoyable as the aroma would indicate. There is a dark fruit presence to accompany the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. The beer is medium bodied, with alcohol presence fairly tame. A decent brew that I would have again, but not a top-notch RIS.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-12-2011
2008 bottle thanks to lushawn. Pour is deep vinous black with almost no head. Aroma is full of deep dark fruits, light roasted malt, faint vanilla, and faint tobacco. Flavor is full of more deep dark fruit with hints of roasted malt and faint coffee. Very brandy-like with only a tiny amount of carbonation. Very little oxidation. Great stuff.