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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This velvety concoction excites your senses with bottomless roasted, earthy and vinous notes.

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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle, 2010 ed, courtesty GT2. Pour is black with a good tan head, not much rentation/lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roast, dark fruits, prunes a bit of spicy belgo yeast. Flavor is not so good.. dark fruit and prune juice dominate. Palate is a mess.. lots of hot booze, prickily carbonation, astringent finish. As it warms the carbonation softens and you get more chocolate/coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap at rattle. Never had this before... Or seen it, kind of surprised because it doesnt look new. Cocoa and tabacco notes... Roasty and deep.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 24, 2011
(750 ml bottle (stamped "021811") from Bootleggers) Pours very dark brown with a thin biege head that recedes to a very thin film. Aroma of booze, chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of port. Mouthfeel a bit milk-shakey but also rather loose and thin. Dabs of lacing and a thin syrupy film briefly coat inside of snifter. Flavor of chocolate and booze. Raw and messy. Hot with little complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Poured from bottle into a snifter, pours a deep black with a decent light brown head and spotty lacing in the glass, aroma is roasty with notes of malt and a hint of vanilla, the flavor has a nice roasty front end with some chocolate in the finish, mouthfeel is pretty nice, the alcohol is pretty much hidden, decent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of anis seed notes with light roasted character and some lactose notes. Taste is a very nice mix between some anis seed, lactose and light roasted malt with a nice dry creamy finish with some black chocolate. Body is full with great creamy texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nicely brewed with great mix between the different elements drinking way too nicely for amount of alcohol in this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2011
Purchased from "Jungle Jims International Market" in Fairfield, Ohio - Alright, this is a great beer! It poured a pitch black, sweet, complex brew into my glass with a lasting, lacing dark tan head of foam. Tastewise, this one is upfront with a malty sweetness with a deep, full body and strong , grassy tones.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours black with a medium mocha head. Aroma is dark roasts, chocolate, and vanilla bean. Taste is much the same. A solid effort on a style that gets more and more boring to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle at Wine and Beer Westpark on 01/08/2011. Dark black body with a small brown head. Big molasses, chocolate and roast aroma. Big roast flavor with some chocolate. Full body with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2249) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Pours black with a medium tan head. Head dissipated quickly down to a film which lasted throughout, great lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasty coffee, boozy and black liorice. Taste is sweet up front with the coffee bitters on the finish. The alcohol was well hidden but there was a definite warming on the finish. Had cellared for over a year.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1536) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Opaque black with a thick light-brown head, impressively heavy body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: alcohol, dark malts, chocolate, sake, belgian yeast esters like bubblegum and banana, minerality, and leafy hops.

Taste: chocolate and charred malt (like the slightly overdone edge of a brownie), fruity alcohol, and some tobacco leaf hop bitterness.

Lots of dark malt, but not charred or astringent. Good balance, through combined effort of hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Quite easy to drink considering the high ABV and very heavy body. More intensity than complexity. Im glad I aged this for several months, but a year would be even better.


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