cgarvieuk (22389) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home... Deep black... Thin tan lacing... Soft dark roast... Soft chocolate... Dark bitter chocolate roast... Big berryfruits... Little over fizzy
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very overcarbonated black color with a massive tan head. Sour roasted grains with a bit of chat and ash. Heavy on te roast with some dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is also quite acidic but still heavy on the coffee and dark chocolate, and of course, roasted malt.
jtclockwork (15426) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #41 at Pauls. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of fudge brownie, roast dark malt, oak and cocoa. Light vinous notes throughout. Finishes dry roast with hints of red wine. Medium body.
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, #67. Small beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some coffee, ash. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some coffee, ash. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness. I had a quick taste on the release day, and really liked it -- for whatever reason, doesn’t seem to have aged well.
BeerandBlues2 (12474) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by brainlair. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is figs and raisins, licorice, roast and chocolate malt with smoke. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish, very dry. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
Stuu666 (11636) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, bit sweet vanilla, too much carbonation, sugary.
j12601 (9790) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #41 courtesy of Victor at a tasting at Paul’s. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin beige head. Big roast and cocoa, chocolate. Medium bodied, roast and cocoa. Chocolate, pudding and a bit of cocoa. Long chocolate, a touch of prune, a bit of cocoa.
gunnar (8404) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Edinburgh tasting. Pours black with a small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, weak chocolate. Taste is the same, roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, yummy.
nimbleprop (7763) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle that’s been aging in my cellar for two years. Pours a watery, dark brown with some fading, cloudy off white head. Nose was nice, a little dusty, pitted fruits, prunes, plum, brown sugar, some black pepper. A little thin in the mouth but overall dry. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, some light toast, some light coffee, a little red grape juice, malt, molasses cookies. I was very pleased with how this had aged.
vtafro (7009) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with no head. Dark malts, licorice, somewhat sweet aromas. Roasted flavor with nutty malts and a dry finish.