jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of totoropanda. Thanks Daniel. Pours a dark black with small tan chocolate head with good retention and some light lacing. The aroma is roasty with dark chocolate and lots of oak as well as a mineral note. A little bit of brown sugar and alcohol as well. The taste is sweet and oaky, very oaky with lots of roasty dark chocolate. The finish is oaky and astringent with bitter dark chocolate. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not that great. Way too much oak and quite astringent.
Dogbrick (12501) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV on 10/12/2012. Black pour with a medium thin dense beige head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, cocoa and vanilla. The finish is sweet with a chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Awesome raisin/wood scents, perfect pour and great head. Taste is some fruit with alcohol and oak.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky black. Dark tan head. Subtle alcohol on the nose. Carbed well. Crisp. Refreshing. Great brew. Served at denver rare beer tasting.
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV. Appearance is deep, brown with a crimson tint and huge brown head. Dark fruits, light cocoa, licorice, anise, and spice in the aroma. Taste is roasty, dark fruits, dark chocolate, anise, and light smoke but very smooth for 11%. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really well-crafted stout.
Huhzubendah (3676) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!
The beer is opaque and completely black. A thick, dense beige head looms over the beer, plastering the sides of the snifter with foamy lacing.
The aroma brings heavy roast and oak, with hints of chocolate and coffee.
The flavor is almost entirely dominated by roast, with some coffee presence emerging in the finish. Oak and alcohol are there as well, but overshadowed by charred and/or roasted malt.
The beer is relatively full bodied, with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol presence is there, but not overpowering.
Overall, a bit out of balance, but still enjoyable. For a brewery only release and at $30 per bottle, I expect more.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-28-2011
fiulijn (20063) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at Papsø’s
Black color, with generous brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Good body strength, dark chocolate flavor, with some sweetness, roasted malts, too high carbonation; correct bitterness level; rather high alcohol feeling. Good but messy.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2010, thx to Secret Santa!, complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly woody/spicy, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, rocky head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a quick-forming, long-lasting tan head.. thick lacing followed it down. The aroma picked up lots of mostly sweet vanilla and cocoa upfront, with molasses and a kiss of honey beneath.. warmed up the back of the nostrils.. oak really rounded it out and it smelled really smooth. The flavor found a blend of sweet cocoa, darker chocolates, and licorice at the core, with vanilla and tangy oak laced throughout.. loved the tangy oak and light peppery alcohol over vanilla and cocoa on the finish. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. smooth feel on the middle, but the carbonation got in the way at other times.. good roast to it, but it could’ve used a tad more.. overall a very good brew that I’d love to try again.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by HopBear...thanks Barry! Of the Gold, Blue and Black, the black is the last of the three