TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Jet black. Initially large light-cinnamon head settles into a jagged-edged collar as it quickly disperses. Extremely rich nose of mocha chocolate, ink, espresso, molasses and burnt sugar. Underlying hints of toffee, nougat, blueberry and steeped prunes. Soft pricks of fuzzy carbonation. Initially tongue-coating with weighty residuals swiftly trailed by a fairly sharp surge of alcohol which wipes the palate dry. Tangy mixture of raisins and prunes gel with the bristling metallic char. Bitter notes of black-chocolate-coated espresso beans enhance the smoky roast, though the malts don’t particularly possess much in terms of cleanness, depth or structure. Mushy roasted-grain textures are sandwiched between the fruitiness and brisk char. Caramelized malt hints softly exude but fail to withstand the massiveness of the roast and bitter chocolate. Combination of chocolate, residual sweetness, and a forceful omnipresence of roast tires the palate less than halfway through the bomber, as does the alcohol. Closes with an alcoholic sharpness yet with a lingering flabby trail of roasted grains and molasses. Not at all impressive. To me it simply smells and tastes like a big, straightforward, yet poorly crafted, stout with tons of chocolate. And as such it comes across as a novelty rather than something I’d ever want to revisit. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Deep opaque charcoal-brown body, medium tan head. Roasty aroma with chocolate and dark fruits. The dominant characteristic of the body is bitter, roasted malt, but there is a plummy, bready sweetness balancing the bitter roast and chocolate. Salty soy notes are also detectable. Chewy and rich. jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
yum!! pours deep deep brown/black with a thick brown head. aroma is chocolate and alcohol, bitter. flavor is similar, creamy bitter dark chocolate, mild alcohol bite. bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at Breakwater Brewing in Oceanside. The aroma is a very nice combination of dark chocolate, oatmeal, roastiness, light cocoa powder, faint fruit with some faint burnt notes. It pours a dark brown with a moderate brown head. The flavor starts with a nice blast of dark chocolate that increases in the finish along with some light roasted coffee. The finish has some bitter chocolate, burnt notes, black licorice, some light plummy sweetness, and alcohol. The alcohol isn’t overbearing but it’s definitely there. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel. Pretty damn good in my opinion. I will be stocking up on this one.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Black, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor is somewhat bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, oats, alcohol.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft in Boston at the sunset grill with Clark and the gang. Poured deep black with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted chocolate and mild coffee notes. Tastes of a almost burnt chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, mild oats, finishes a little creamy and dry (I didn’t think that was possible). I enjoyed this. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Pitch black, opaque pour with a thin layer of fizzy charred foam. Lot of roast and chocolate in the nose, along with some hot alcohol. Medium full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, oily texture. Flavors are an intense combination of dark chocolate and char. Toasted biscuit and molasses. The finish is exceptionally long and oozing with dry chocolate flavors. There’s a gentle alcohol warmth in the finish, but not as off-putting as I found in the nose. Awesome chocolate flavors without the excessive sweetness. jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bottle: Near black pour with a medium sized, dense brown head. Nose is roasty malt with chocolate and some light coffee/mocha notes. Flavor is an intense roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and bittersweet dark cocoa. Has a light oatmeal stout element. Some hoppy notes are present as well. Plenty of bitters, as the title would suggest. Creamy mouthful. Should age well; I hope to manage my cellar properly... cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
This was a dark pour with definite chocolate scents and flavor. This had a complex build up of flavors and alcohol warming/flavor. I have one being aged right now so we will see how it turns out. I think my expectations of this beer were to high... I mean come on chocolate and oatmeal. RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2008
2008. Black beer with a malty aroma, and a malty, vinous and spiced flavour. Overall a nice malty and herbal tasting beer.