HogTownHarry (7287) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
330ml bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Opaque brown-black with a smallish light brown head (4-). Lovely smell - coffee, roast nutmeat - oily, lightly herbal, nice lactic and bittersweet chocolate. Taste follows, a bit boozy, and an initial hint of vanilla and Islay barrel - moderate alcohol, a bit fruity too. Average body, slick, mild carbonation, increasing dry bitterness in the finish, a fruity linger, plus dry oakiness. Solid stuff. Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2011 Bottle from the brewery, drunk at home, 30th Nov 2011. Deep brown with a small amount of diminishing brown head. Nose is a nice mix of sweet and bitter notes, mocha and alcohol. In the mouth there’s licorice, some chocolate and some peat. Lovely and smooth, doesn’t feel like 9%. Very enjoyable.
fonefan (52982) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2011
Original rate: (3.2) Bottle, drunk at ChrisO’s Christmas Tasting, 28th Dec 2010. Deep opaque brown, flat. Light roasted nose. Quite boozy. Strangely thin palate and very bitter.
hopscotch (11485) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle 330ml. @ ChrisOs.
Clear dark black brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licorice, dark roasted. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Bottle… Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a small, creamy, khaki head. The decadent bouquet is reminiscent of fudge and brownie drenched in gooey caramel sauce. Full-bodied and velvety with soft carbonation. The flavor presents attributes normally associated with deeply roasted malts – bitter cocoa, black licorice, unsweetened espresso and Cuban tobacco. Finishes ashen and mildly bitter. Bottle courtesy of 50belair! 50belair (3718) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle thanks to my friend in foggy London town. Dark brown pour with and off white head. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee aromas. Kinda hoppy with chocolate and dark roasted malt flavors.
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2011
Bottled. Black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some liquorice, mild alcohol as well as some mild ashy notes. Flavour is liquorice, ashes, roasted malts, quite a sting of alcohol as well as some mild wooden notes. Aftertaste is quite much like salted liquorice. BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
[330ml bottle, The Bottle Shop, Canterbury] Black, with a thin light tan coloured head. Roasty, boozy aromas of rich, sweet alcohol. Quite bitter on the palate before the alcohol comes through, together with a touch of liquorice. Good roasty coffee finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for a 9%er  Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2011
In bottle. Very dark brown beer with a lacy, dark tan head. The taste is salty liquorice strap balanced perfectly with hop bitterness and (bourbon?) whiskey. Lovely oily mouthfeel. Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
2 June 2011, bottle at one of CGarvieuk’s legendary tastings! black and oily in the glass. gorgeous nose! bitter coffee and black liquorice with a bit of alcohol as well. full body and almost flat. syrupy and liquorice up front and dry, bitter dark chocolate in the finish. alcohol doesn’t really come out. i love this! cgarvieuk (26605) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2011
bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan head ... little licorice ... soft meaty toffee malt nose ... deep chocolate roast ... light bitterness ... deep roast ... dark malts ... nice ... little meaty ...