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Review by tavernjef on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 2010
Dark, nearly ebon pour only to get thicker, richer, and darker as it fills the goblet growing an immensely tall fluffy broken chocolate brown topping of thick poofy foam. Like a scoop of chocolate ice cream the top sits and melts slowly into the top leaving a massive sheeting of cake crusted lacing across the glass. In a word, Impressive!

Soft yet boldly present nose that's heavily deep, dark, and full of roastyness. Creme brulee, bittersweet dark chocolate, and charred malts fill the air as light peppery notes and warmth add a nice layer of complexity.

Happy 30th to me! Whoops, I mean to SN! Wowzaa! What an excellent way to celebrate as this stuff is quite the yummy complex taster of a stout. All the fullness and robustness is matched well with its flavors as hugely deep and dark roastyness of espresso dryness, dark chocolate bitterness, and charred maltyness mearges into a big mass of earth found dead center onto the palate. Every corpuscle of the mouth is used up in a charred tone of blackness as bits of espresso coffee dryness and super dark chocolate bitterness squeeze out even more. Just a tiny life boat of any kind of sweetness is tossed about way off to the side with some milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. But that is nearly capsized in the Sea of the dark black charryness.

A brute mass of blackened stuff. Heavy, dark, darker still, decadent, lush, full, creamy soft and smooth body with lots of balanced dryness. Has layers upon layers of it. Very complex and very full. The 9.2% is nowhere to be found and while it maintains a crazy dry complex blackenedness its creamy smoothness creates an ease of accepting drinkability.

Again, Happy 30th to SN! This is a big way to celebrate if there ever was one. Amazingly yummy stuff! Raw, black, dry, and in your face with 30 years of experience behind it.

Price: $10.50 Served In: Goblet