GregMooreNH (109) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 24, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated 4/1/13. 750ml bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color with an impressive thickness. The head is a three finger tan shade. Given its strength, I’m quite impressed with the retention of the head.
S: The nose features licorice, chocolate, vanilla, mocha coffee, and a bit of roasted barley. Rock solid, but could have used more barrel influence.
T: The opening sweetness is moderately high, with a strong chocolate/vanilla character. Some coffee and licorice notes gradually build near the finish to counteract the (strong) sugary tones. It makes for a great dessert stout, only lacking in barrel character.
M: Thick, creamy, rich, decadent...every trait I look for in an imperial stout. The booze is superbly hidden, as well. Only thing I can nitpick is the slightly-too-high finishing astringency.
O: Subjectively, I don’t really like the licorice-forward tendencies this offers...but I can’t deny this is a very well-made product loaded with sophistication and finesse. Still, it could have been a genuine BCBS killer if it featured stronger oak qualities.
Underwhelming aroma, with just a hint of licorice, leads to a powerful taste of cloves and sweetness. Has just a hint of the booziness that lurks beneath. This is a great beer when you have a good 3-4 hours to drink one beer, or have beer connoisseurs at home. ctipping (2233) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2017
750 mL bottle. Jet black. Old bottle. Smells a little oxidized. Smells of strong roasted malt and oak. Tastes of chocolate, oak, and roasted malt. Pretty alcoholic. Heavy, but not that sweet. Very good, perhaps even improved with the slight oxidation. kevinator (2716) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Awesome. Bold roasty aromas with sweet bitterness and hints of oak. Chocolate and rich. Very dark and full. jandd1983 (4604) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2017
Bottle. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of bourbon, coffee and some wood. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bourbon, coffee, licorice, chocolate and a real nice boozy finish. This was tasty. Sparf (289) - SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2016
Mycket kraftig, brödtung doft. Aning köttig och rejält tung med lätta alkoholinslag. Kaffe och melass
Tät, silkeslen brygd som är totalt svart, förmodligen den svartaste öl av de tusentals jag sett. En tunn hinna skum.
Sötma, soja, rund chokladsmak som balanseras mot sälta och en lätt syra. Kaffetoner spelar med.
Scotty001 (573) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Poured virtually black with a small beige ring. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee grinds, roast malt, liquorice. Full body, flavour of the aroma, vanilla smoothness, nicely bitter. MarcoDL (5380) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of malt, coffee and licorice. Taste has licorice, coffee, sweet soft roasted malt and cream. Liked it more than most other licorice beers. Ferris (16498) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle - Deep dark big chocolate and cocoa. Deep jet brown with a rich light brown head. Rich dark chocolate, some roast and light booze and a long rich finish. S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, leather and deep creamy malts. Taste is smooth smooth mocha followed very quickly by dried raisiny goodness and a coffee inspired bitter finish. Awesome! williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Brewed Oct. 2015: When they say black ale, they ain’t kidding. If it’s not pure black it’s a deep, dark brown. Massive sheet of cardboard brown lace.
The aroma is pungent black licorice, dates, plums, sour raisins. The oak is beautiful and mercifully mild; an accent. German chocolate. Dusty hazelnut. I love the complexity and the flavor of this beer.
The flavor is a burst of alcohol, followed by a blast of burnt oak. Then there is a cascade of licorice, dark cherry, plum and dates. The alcohol coats the tongue.
The feel is creamy and milky, but dry like Ovaltine. It burns just a bit on the way down. It is a superior dark ale. The alcohol and flavor of a stout with the smooth edges of a porter.