DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2010
22oz from Footbalm. Pours thick and dark with a dark orangey shade of brown atop and with what seems at first to be a disturbingly hoppy yet robustly licorice-tainted nose combining into things like peanut butter covered apricot, aspartame, and reduced banana liquor but settles into something musty and somewhat chocolate-banana driven yeast character. Thick mouth, brisk hop bitterness with peanut butter, banana, and chocolate flavors at first but turning a bit cardboard-like and metallic, with the lingering taste of metallic nuts and licorice. Bitterness is firm from start to finish, as is the licorice...but really, I keep getting this banana-like thing going on the whole time, with both peanut butter and chocolate accents. Its not terrible and I usually dig licorice, but I’m not exactly sure I like the combination of the aggressive hopping, the licorice, and what appears to be some the yeast character. Fatehunter (2603) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Poured two fingers of brown head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is black licorice, burnt wood, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Smells amazing.
The taste is almost equal to the aroma. Smooth throughout; roasted malt, touch of burnt, moderate bitterness to round it out. Excellent.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Nailed it. kevinator (2597) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Really good. Strong toasted malt and woody aroma. Beautiful black color with a dark brown head. Smooth and sharp palate with good weight and carbonation. Very well blended with malts being strong and up front. Roasted and toasted with a slight hops bitterness. Some wood and coffee hints as well. Must try. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, prunes, figs, dates, molasses, subtle hint of leather. Full bodied, slighty syrupy mouthfeel, nicely balanced. Taste is liquorice, chocolate, soy sauce, figs, prunes, hint of sarsaparilla. ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day!
Nickls (2582) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle. Jet black pour with a nice creamy dark tan head. Coffee, roast, plum, alcohol, and burnt toast in the aroma. Flavor is very coffee driven, slight bitter chocolate, burnt malty bitterness, liquorice, and a roasty dry finish. Medium to thicker body with tight carbonation. Nicely dry, roasty, and doesn’t near the sweetness as others. Good stuff. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Black pour w/ a dark brown head and some good lacing. Hoppy grassy aroma, some bitter cocoa, (some vagina), maybe a little cheese oddly enough, or something else I can’t quite place. Full well coated palate. A typical RIS plus a little extra dry hop finish, cocoa, some light lactose. Pretty good, but something is still missing. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
I do like the label on this one - courtesy of OSLO. A very malty body with a bourbon/oak aroma. I get hints of cedar as well. Hints of molasses in the dark and chocolate body. A solid impy stout, but a little thick. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2010
Sampled at tasting at stevo’s. Pours black with garnet edges and quick brown head. The aroma is ash, a bit of cocoa, and a bit of syrup. The flavor is sweet, cocoa, and hints of coffee and nuts. Good woody bitterness in the finish. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2011
750 bottle courtesy of Daknole. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves some sticky lacing. The aroma is strong with chocolates, mocha and anise. The flavor is burnt grains, toasted earthy hops, chocolate, coffee and black licorice. The palate is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering biter black licorice. Overall: Very tasty--this is a first rate RIS.