Strykzone (7362) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Black. Minimal head. I smell very light tobacco. It is tasted, too. Some ash. Hops are bigger than is evident. Alcohol is well hidden. Tasty. tiong (7305) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
Draught @ CBC 2013PhillyCraft (7230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Pours pitch black with a sticky brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, wood, chocolate and cocoa. Taste is sweetish with syrup, wood, roasted malts and hcocolate. Finish is roasty and sweet iwht syrupy notes. Quite tasty, btu a tad sweet and sticky IS.
Bottle cracked at Beer Temple. pours black with very tiny head, notes of dark chocolate, anis, licorice, fig, and syrup. Medium bodied. Not too sticky. Very nice stout from Westbrook. Borresteijn (7172) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2014
66cl Bottle at Beer Temple. Black colour, khaki-brown head. Aroma is quite sweet, molasses/treacle, sweet chocolate, pumpernickel, roasted malts, hint of coffee. Flavour is quite sweet at first as well, roasted malts, treacle, pumpernickel, laurel, chocolate, firm roasted bitter finish with some hops. Full-bodied, slick, sticky. A little too sweet imho, but quite nice as well. caesar (7156) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 Tap @ CBC2013, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolat, but then with extra figs, mint or coconut. Bit too sweet in taste besides the medium bitterness. Cool to see it’s fermented with a lager yeast. 3.7
Bottle @ Beer Temple, large sample. Very creamy oatmeal, coffee, dark chocolate, hint of molasses. Smooth and creamy texture. Clean bitterness and yeast profile. Well balanced brew. Upping the score a bit to 4.0
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
22oz bottle shared by GT2: pours an oily opaque with a clingy-lacing dark beige head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel malty nose with some dark fruity Noyes. Starts with good fullness and sweet dark chocolate with some dark fruits before a drier smoky and roasted finish. True to style, enjoyable and complex. Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home on Easter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malt. Licorice, chocolate and espresso notes. Really tasty. blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
on tap, dark rich brown pour with dense khaki foam, aroma of chocolate and nutshell, very dry bitter chocolate flavor with roast espresso bean, heavy finish BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Beautiful initial pour leading towards a large toasty, earthy and dark fruit character. You do indeed get lager yeast esters and brash alcohol. This was bottled 12/18/12 and does have a touch of that "aged" tone which works nicely here. JStax (6505) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle shared at natifest. Pours a thick, pitch black with a brown head of foam. Aroma has notes of chocolate, raisin, fig, and blackcurrants. Tastes earthy and toasty. Thick, viscous mouth feel.