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Review by tavernjef on 09/09/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2009
A very dark, lush, thickly pour encapsulates the glass as black as black can get. Enormous topping of dark tanned foam that's a lofty thick sponge of thickness. Keeps its heady girth for astounding length and creates a decorated pattern of moth holed sheeting for lacing.

Aroma is hugely roasty with a slender burntish quality of charred grains, burnt chocolate chip cookie edges, espresso-esk, and a slight pull to some darker, lactic, sweet caramel. Hints to some refined spicyness of anise, black licorice, cinnamon, and white pepper.

Taste incorporates much more deviance with a darker, more robust espresso impression of dryish charred roasty stuff. Quite a bit more then what the smell gives way to. Burnt husks, dryness of true bitter dark chocolate, crisply baked cookie crusts/edges, and nice little touches to cinnamon and anise spice create a firm taster of roastability. The dryness is just mellow enough with just enough tug of under pressured sweetness thats sublte and soft with a tang of black malt, lactic oatyness, chocolate, and fresher coffee beans.

Medium bodied with a softer carbonation of smoothness but with a nudge of grease and grit within its dryness and blackened flavors. Very nicely handled bitterness and dryness that makes for a pleasing coffee roast experience.

For fans of hugely robust dark coffee and espresso, this stuff is a must! Quite a blackened roasty treat. I swear I've had espresso that tastes just like this...that's crazy to think it's available as a brewed beer as apposed to it being brewed thru a filter or French pressed...
As it goes, this is perfect for dessert to go with some kind of pie or cake and will take awhile to get thru the entire bottle if not being shared.

Price: $10.50 Served In: Weizen Glass