boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Oily black pour, deep brown ringlets inside of a tightly compacted beige head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, toffee, cream, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet as well, with very well rounded, expressive and balanced flavors of cherries and strawberries, chocolates, hefty malts and a whiplash of roastiness in the end. Palate is medium to full bodied, mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Finishes sweet, then mildly dry. This beer holds its own. Very delicious. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café: Black as night, moderate light Brown head, frothy, spotty lacing.   Sweet roasted malt nose.   Slight hints of dark pitted fruit and chocolate, very subtle but noticeable.   Its definetely not a gagger (Daysha says so).   Slight alcohol but its manageable.   Smooth, very smooth.   More and more fig/date/prune emerges as it warms.   If this is 12.7%, you would never guess it.   Very full bodied.   Mouthfel is smooth, almost silky.   Clean finish, some hop bite on top of a huge bittersweet chocolate malt base.   Lingering dark pitted fruit.   Fantastic stuff! jake65 (3592) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Growler from Indiana_Red: Pours a dark brown, near black with a large tanned head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and hints of the high ABV. Tastes off dark fruits, toasted malt, coffee, and light bittersweet cocoa. Nice lingering and warming finish. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Yet another mason jar from the Samurai!! Thanks Exra! Looked a touch flat in the jar, but had a very welcoming rising carbonation in the glass when poured.. nice and black with just a little bit of deeper beige head sticking around. The aroma picked up lots of dark chocolate, mild coffee, and a little bit of vanilla with a bit too much alcohol apparent.. otherwise warm and very enticing! The flavor was large and imposing.. lots of dark chocolate that was fueled by alcohol, darker fruits, and anise.. warm alcohol and lots of dark malt on the back-end through the warm finish.. delightfully complex and enjoyable! Heavy on the palate with a little less carbonation than I’d like (but probably due to the effort in getting it to me).. top freakin’ notch on all fronts! boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Tap @ Walking Man... Poured black with a brown head. Strong, roasted malt and chalky characters on the nose. Really thick palate that had a nice sting to it. Chocolate syrup flavors with thick, robust, roasted malt, rice-like grains and coffee liquor towards the finish. Fairly light feel for 12.7%.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
[3067-20100702] Sample. Thick woody roast malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting foamy dark brown head. Toasty roast malt flavour has long sweet roast malt and coffee roast notes. Full body. Very nice.
3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2004
(@ SIB 2010, Seattle, WA)
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Sampled @ brewery, July 2004. Pitch black. Creamy tan head. thick and frothy up front, then a little sweet between a hefty dark chocolate presence with some smoked malts. Nose is strong roasted malts. Sweet in the end. Also a little fizzy, with a sweet chocolate malt finish... the only major complaint is the high carbonation, I would think that 11+ ABV would be less fizzy. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2004
Aroma: chocolate, smoke, cherries, some cream, burnt malts
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: chocolate, cream, sweet cherries/strawberries, smokiness, roasted malts
Palate: smooth but almost too carbonated, smokey cream chocolate finish
Good amount of smoke and toasted marshmallows. Not sweet or sticky at all. Notes of raisin, toasted marshmallow, alcohol, figs, cream, some coffee, and some milk chocolate. Very well done. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Sampled at RBSG06. Dark black color with a small creamy brown head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavor.