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Review by everetends on 11/08/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2012
750 ml found in the middle of nowhere in South Georgia. Served up in a DFH chalice thingy.

A: Pours up an incredibly, glossy black body that is highly reflective. Held to the light, the beer remains the same and completely opaque. The pour got me about two fingers of chocolate milk colored head. The head is really dense and retention is great with it only falling minimally throughout the experience. Lacing is minimal because it is so heavy that it slides back into the foam.

S: Smell is suprisingly muted. Mostly some roasted coffee bean earthy and bitterness. Behind that is some dark chocolate, just a touch of honey, and a fruitiness (sweet berry) I just can't put my finger on.

T: Very, very roasty. Malts are huge and deeply roasted. Coffee beans and black coffee notes. There is a earthy, bitterness here that I assume is the gesho root because it reminds me of some earthy, grassy hops. Very mild berry note. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate moves its way into the picture. Caramel does its thing and is accompanied by a bit of loose tobacco. Touch of vanilla and cream. As these flavors move from earthy to sweeter notes, the honey draws out on the back end. Very nice.

M: Full bodied with a lighter carbonation. Mostly sweet on the palate but has a light bitterness. ABV brings the heat in the throat and in the belly. Aftertaste is honey and roasted coffee beans.

OA: Much better than I expected for some reason. This beer is massive but it holds itself together very well. All the flavors mesh well and the beer flawlessly transitions flavors on the palate. I really have no complaints other than the nose could be a bit stronger. Otherwise, fantastic experience. Well done.

Served In: Goblet

Review by spointon on 02/05/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2011
I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into a stemmed snifter.

A= At cellar temp, this ale poured a deep dark black with brown highlights near the edges. With an aggressive pour down the center of the glass the chocolate brown head rose to a full rocky 1.5" and retained very well. Eventually the head settled to a thin cap, and left behind a fair bit of wab lace. Outstanding to behold.

S= The aroma was rich and roasty like a typical RIS, but there was also s note in there telling me this was something different. Slight papery aroma kept disappearing just as I thought I could detect it clearly...

T= Wow. Started off rich and complex and stayed that way. Sweet malts formed a base of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruit and honey. This progressed into a roasted malt bitterness that approached but never crossed the line of "too roasty". The alcohol stayed well hidden and the hops were only evident as a leafy/earthy bitterness that played well with the roast. Finished modestly sweet and left a lingering rich aftertaste.

MF= Heavy bodied with a moderate carbonation level and slick mouthfeel. Sort of reminiscent of a milk stout on the tongue.

D= At 9% abv this beer was scary drinkable. I think the honey used in the brewing process fermented out almost completely so there isn't much flavor from that. All in all this is a great beer that I will be buying more of given the chance.

Served In: Snifter

Review by mr. furley on 09/25/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
very smooth, masks the 9% extremely well. a touch of sweetness but not over the top. this would be a really good option if it were available year-round. probably best drank right away.


Price: $9.99 Served In: Snifter

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