jtclockwork (16725) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of star anise, roast chocolate, black coffee, raisins, dark fruits and molasses. Finishes with anise soaked in alcohol. Full mouth feel. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
The pour is almost black in color with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and earthy hops. There’s some molasses, a hint of coffee, and maybe a touch of fruit. The flavor is quite smooth. Rich chocolate and cocoa flavors with a lot of roast. Hints of burnt sugar and licorice with a slight molasses sweetness. Creamy on the tongue with a full body. djd07 (15106) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel with a rich chocolate and roast with a bitter finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering a very good imperial stout. Ratman197 (14978) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2012
Bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish. Tmoney99 (14626) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.
Drake (13954) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours clear very dark brown such that little light permeates it. Large dark brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted notes and piney hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a tart note, cocoa and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Nice. BeerandBlues2 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy dark brown head, medium-long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, and lightly burnt caramel malt, earthy hops, smoked meat and ash with dates, prunes, and raisin notes. Flavor is dark malt, medium sweetness, dark fruits, smoke notes and a dry finish, though some lingering sweetness remains on the palate. Full body and medium carbonation. Dogbrick (13151) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Sample at the Memorial Day Deck Beers tasting on 05/27/2013: Deep brownish-black pour with a medium tan head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Medium to full body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and subtle hops. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Above average overall. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toasted grain, and graham cracker. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, molasses, and raisins. j12601 (12700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a large dense dark tan head. If this was an unlabeled bottle I never would have pegged this on appearance as a Sam Adams beer, has a lot more depth visually than most. Dry roast on the nose, cocoa, a touch of coffee, slightly empty. Creamy and medium bodied, warm roast and a bit of dark fruit coming through. Nice body, a good amount of cocoa and dark roast. Picks up some dark anise notes toward the end, but still a little bit of old malt notes that dry out. Some minor flaws but overall a very nice beer.