anstei (2169) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Bottle. The nose is questionable to me; Sometimes it’s tasty chocolate and coffee, sometimes I’m put off by notes of... Brussel sprouts?! Tastes of all chocolate, coffee, chili and vanilla very present. Incredibly sweet, but still drinkable. SinH4 (4719) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2015 Rating #1000. Pitch black color with tan head. Beautiful. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, hint of coffee, chili, amazing composition. Taste is vanilla, bitter chocolate, coffee, chili catch. Not as warming as the BA version and not as perfectly balanced as the BA version, but still an amazing brew. tomekboniek (763) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUL 14, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2015 Butelka. Barwa czarna, smolista, nieprzejrzysta z niewysoką beżową pianą. Silne aromaty czekolady, wanilii, kawy. Bogaty i zrównoważony bukiet - bardzo szlachetny. W smaku wanilia, czekolada. Goryczka nie jest zalegająca, do tego słodycz. Papryczki sprawiają uczucie wyraźnej niezalegającej pikantności. Wyraźny alkohol dobrze balansuje się z bukietem i kompozycją smakową. Do długiego sączenia, nie warto się śmieszyć. Świetne piwo! BeerRenter76 (1007) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Deep black body, viscous,with a thick deep tan cap that left some pretty nice lace on the way down. Nice aromas- cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate are the most noticeable features. As it warms some licorice, coffee, and vanilla come out. Flavor is much the same with the chocolate and coffee bitterness upfront the vanilla and chilies come out later, the chilies are just noticeable enough, not overwhelming. Overall a super fantastic beer, a bit pricey but what the hell.. jb (3221) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2015
On tap at Tap and Mallet, yeah, this stuff is the bomb. Sorry if that is cliched. Licorice bomb. Tons of it in the nose and palate. You could call it anise too. Lots of vanilla too. Great appearance, dark, tan head, nice lacing. I didn’t take many notes on this but loved it.
Savage_Night (434) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Pours dark black with minimal brown head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, woody, roasty, light pepper, cinnamon coffee cake, brown sugar, spice and earthly. TASTE: coffee bitterness, vanilla extract, brown sugar, chocolate, roasty, alcohol, soy sauce, smoke, woody, light pepper, sweet, hop bitterness, earthy and chard. AFTER TASTE: fresh coffee, chocolate, vanilla and light pepper with a thick rich oily boozy finish. Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Pitch black oily pour with thin milk chocolate colored head that dissipates. Vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, rich roasted coffee, Mexican peppers, booze. Extremely complex flavors melding together. Intensifies as it warms up. Excellent. ryecatcher (1434) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a thick, syrupy, obsidian blackish color, impenetrable by light, thin espresso film is about all you can really call the head on this. Nose is coffee forward, dark roast, ancho chilis, bakers chocolate, hints of vanilla (one of the first beers I’ve actually detected most of what was in it without having to look at the description... so bonus points there). Mouth is oily and medium sweet, lots of dark things going on: cocoa, coffee, roasted barley, smoke, anchos (faint heat from that last component), earthiness. Warmth from the ABV evident at the back of the throat around the finish. Very nice to enjoy while listening my neighborhood imitate an impact area on a firing range... happy Fourth of July (you’re 239 years old today, ’Merica!!!) Leini (2036) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2015
UPDATED: APR 23, 2016 355ml bottle. Pitch black body with a low tan head. Roasted aromas, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and burnt wood. Flavor starts more sweet, with vanilla notes, followed by roasted malt, pumpernickel, spices and alcohol. ninecats (528) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2015
Bottle. Pitch black, tan medium quickly dissipating head with slight lacings. Aroma is sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, liqourice. Taste is delicate sweet vanilla and coffe up-front, into more creamier territory with syrup, more coffee and bitterness with a slight heat from the chili. Big body, medium carbo, sticky and oily texture. Classy.