eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Thanks Secret Santa! This near-black BP smells like espresso with sugar and tastes like rich choclately coffee with complex brandy-like finish. This was a big hit with my beer-savvy friends, too. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Alot of roasted malt and cjocolate in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Get some coffee and chocolate in the flavors.Medium mouthfeel with a bitter chocolate finish. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle and on draught @ GABF. Top notch brew, with a sensational range of flavors. Good job brewers. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2006
This is a very interesting, complex beer. While I donít think I could drink this every day, I think it broadened my horizons a bit. Iíve never had anything quite like it; a variety of very strong aromas and flavors that manage to stay in balance with each other. Definitely worth a try. omhper (24963) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
Bottled, thanks Immy! Very black, minimal brown head. Aroma of coffee and plums. Medium sweet with concentrated flavour of toffee, coffee, citrus and tar. The mouthfeel is compact, and the flavours are really intense and concentrated. I find notes of chocoalte pudding and blackberries. salty finish. More refined than the traditional rather crude examples of the style. Well worth itís high rating!
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle shared by sliffy at CT4, thanks! Pours a dark brown with a short tan head. Aroma of smoke, dark fruits, dark chocolate, booze, and coffee. The flavor had a little bit of soy sauce along with dark chocolate, a bit of raspberry, roasted malt and coffee. Rich overall with anice blance between sweet and bitter...some boozey and vinous qualities about it that are nice...well carbonated but not overly so. Good stuff! acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle from ross. Pours an opaque brown/black with a creamy luscious tan head. Aroma is intense, mostly of roasted barley, coffee, hints of chocolate, vanilla, etc. In the mouth it starts out a little sweet, ends with just the right amount of smokiness. In the middle is a complex combination of raisins, coffee, malts and lots of other stuff that I donít have the powers to put into words. The aftertaste lingers of roasting coffee and chocolate beans. Itís moderately carbonated with a moderately thick mouthfeel. Itís still nicely full and creamy, but not quite as dense as a Dark Lord or Speedway. Awesome! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2006
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocoalte, oak, bourbon, nuts, vanilla, and toasted oats. Flavor of chocolate, raspberry, roasted malt, and vinous. TheBeerGod (6207) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
GABF 2006. Had many samples of this trying to figure what the big deal was. Dark bodied and opaque. Near black. Nose is roasty and sweet with chocolate and light coffee notes. Taste is more roasty malts, some sweet chocolate, coffee and alcohol notes coming through. Body is near full. Chewy with dense carbonation. Rather smooth overall. Ends with more roasty malts, light alcohol warmth, chocolate and coffee. Good beer! Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Bottle courtesy of ross. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of rich malt, chocolate, raisins, figs, hoppy. Tastes of cherries, dark chocolate, some nuttiness, one of the richest malt profiles Iíve ever tasted in a beer. Mouthfeel is tingly and thick. More cherries and complimentary dark chocolate on the finish. I wasnít expecting this at all. This definitely lived up to my expectations and then some. Thanks, ross!