HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with almost no dark brown head. Aroma is sweet malt, dark chocolate and molasses. Flavor is of roasted/burnt malt, caramel, and dark fruit with a good amount of warming alcohol. Moderately sweet, medium bodied somewhat oily with decent carbonation. Pretty well-balanced. Good. linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2009
From a 12oz. Smelled like feet and tasted like bacon; I am surprised to see such positive reviews here. It is possible I got a bad bottle, but I don’t know what would make such a terrible flavour, and it was within date. First drain pour I’ve had in a while. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
12oz bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa, FL). Pours a murky dark brown to black with a thick and creamy two finger tan head that settles slowly and heavily laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, some slight smoke and wood. Flavor is sweet and malty as well with heavier notes of smoke, wood and chocolate with lighter notes of toffee, ripe dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Generally medium to full body with a sweet and malty finish. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Pours black with nice sized brown head. Aroma is toffee, sweet caramel roast, and some vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet- lots of dark fruit counterbalanced with a chalky roast. Slight booze near the end. Palate is smooth and rich, but a tad thin for the style. A great beer overall, probably my favorite Sam Adams. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Dark brown pour, almost black, smooth beige head. Milky body, overly sweet, with lingering chocolate into the finish. Sort of lactose sweetness to it. Roastiness is softer, small charred notes come through.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark on 03/28/2009. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Dry roast and chocolate aroma with some light smokey hints. Sweet smoke flavor, some light chocolate with roast and slight peppery notes and a bit of a bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
BVery (11209) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
BOTTLE: aroma is coffee, roast, and wood. Jet black pour, with a brown/red thin head. A little oily on texture, flavor is carbonation up front (too much), then a heavy oily roasty taste with some cocoa, maybe licorice. Decent effort, but not fantastic. Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 very nice, slight aroma of wood and coffee. decent wooden malts, slight non harsh coffee bitterness. goes down smooth.
re-rate 5/23/09. dark roasted malts strong and flavorful, good stuff. nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
The aroma is almost meaty with touches of bacon and maple syrup, chocolate, and burnt malt. The appearance is black is with a huge head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin for the style. Overall it’s a well made beer but it does not do anything great. mcox90 (2119) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a small brown head and spotty lace. Nose is heavily roasted malt and cocoa. Heavy palate with a smooth, silky feel. Flavor is cocoa, baker’s chocolate, malt, along with some dark fruit flavors. Alcohol is right up front. Very nice offering from Boston Beer Company.