merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate, Brown Bread, Dark Malts
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Mild Brown Lacing
Taste: Dark Chocolate, Dark Malts, Mild Coffee
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
2012 bottle. Shared with friends and neighbors. Pours black with a huge foamy head that fades normally a thick ring leaving nice webbing. Aroma is great. Dark chocolate, espresso, overripe cherries, tobacco and molasses. Tastes like it might have a slight sour infection but it sorta works. Lots of dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco mix with the sour dark fruit taste. Medium to thick body. Would love to try this fresh one day because I think there’s something a little off about this bottle. jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled at Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a black color with off white head. Bourbon, oak, roasty flavors. jcartamdg (3436) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours jet black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of roast, molasses, dark chocolate and brown sugar. Taste is big roast, dark chocolate, molasses. Really nice! Ataraxia (533) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Mills aroma of powdered chocolate, coffee beans, oak, and caramel. Somewhat vinous sweetness. Full carb, full bodied, a little thin. Inky black, small tan head.
bytemesis (8375) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Growler thanks to Schlais! Pours opaque black, medium brown creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing. Really a great job with the growler fill too, btw. Aroma is roasted malt, oak, whiskey, anise, chocolate. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, chocolate, vanilla, touches of oak and anise, a whiskey feel to it. Just a bit of astringency from the oak. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a tad bit hot. This turned out to be a really nice beer. Its not one of those beat you over the head, this one goes to 11 impys. It is restrained, balanced, smooth and clean, and it just all comes together nicely. Great job!@ barn0216 (550) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Growler. Black with brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, roast, pleasant but not terribly strong. Similar flavor, more focus on the bitter roast and barrel quality. Very nice, traditional style stout. BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2012 (red wax), as Townhall Cellar Series ’Czar Jack’, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex sour Stout, sour/roasted and slightly fruity/alcoholic, not balanced, cloudy, good head, sadly infected brew! Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Growler -- thanks to Jeff for sending this my way! The great thing about tastings is lots of cool beer shared by cool people. A downside is that great beers get consumed side-by-side with other amazing beers. This one came out sometime after Abraxas, BA Abraxas, Black Note, and Dark Lord ... it’s tough to live up to that competition. Thankfully I had a whole growler to start and there’s at least 2 pints left in my fridge, so I’m giving it another go now that I’m home and my kid is in bed. Pours nearly black with minimal tan head (there was more of that earlier). Aroma: roast, vanilla, light oxidation (not cardboard, but old beer oxidation -- i honestly don’t know if I’m using that word right but that’s what it usually means to me -- it’s well-placed here). Palate: Medium body, mouthfeel is a little thin on this, slick, oily texture. Probably the weakest point in this one. Taste: Follows nose. Sweet, roast bitterness at the end. The vanilla really comes in here in the aftertaste. In fact, a lot of the best parts of this are in the way the beer finishes, rather than when it first hits the mouth. Waves of chocolate, roast, and vanilla play off each other. Some dark fruits also lingering there in the mix. Surprisingly well-carbonated for sitting in a growler these past few months. Overall: a really nice treat. It’s almost a shame to have opened it first when surrounded by so many other amazing beers (easy for the little guy to get crowded out), but now that it’s quieter this is a mighty tasty brew. alexsdad06 (10389) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle at tasting. Pours very dark brown to black in color with a smaller reddish tan head. The aroma and flavor have a combination of some sweeter malts, caramel, toffee with darker roasted malts that provide bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Decent barrel character comes through. I would love a bigger sample in a different setting.