mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6103-20131214] Tap. Roasted malt grain aroma. Cola brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Bitter toasted yeast flavour has a mild funky aftertaste. Medium body. Good, aptly named though surprisingly mild and balanced. (7/4/7/3/14) 3.5
(@ Abraxas, Miami, FL)
Nik925 (769) - USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone and Budweiser co-brew. (Cheap Shot). I’m sure the 10 -Barrel are getting all goofy, so I will leave that alone. This is an interesting one. Plenty of areas to take off points in the rankings, but palate sure isn’t one. Amazing mouth feel. Some rather odd bitterness - rather dominate. I only have one top 50 imperial porter ranked, so that isn’t helping my hard time ranking this one. So, an amazing platform, that then falls really short of being an amazing beer. (Maybe Stone brewed was responsible for the palate and Bud the rest. ZING. haha.)
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate and burnt coffee with a decent bitter finish mostly from malt I think. Medium bodied with a touch of foamy carbonation. Just a touch of warmth as well. Pretty solid
Darkmagus82 (1952) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-14-14-
Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown color bordering on black with a small fizzy tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with cola and a little bit of a molasses aroma. Mixed with these smells are some light floral smells with some woody and grainy hay aromas mixed within there as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet honey and molasses flavor as well a big roasted malt flavor with some notes of cocoa. The sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances toward the middle, with them resurging once again at the end of the taste. Flavors of jasmine and lavender develop on the taste along this time, producing a bit for of a floral taste. More toward the end a rather strong flavor of a woody and grassy taste as well as some of a somewhat hay like flavor join in the taste profile. With some alcohol flavor as well as a char and spice flavor joining the mix of flavors that is left toward the end of the taste, one is left with a rather odd, roasted, and somewhat astringent flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is interesting in this one. Once initially sipped it begins on the lighter to medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess, but as it sits in the mouth advancing toward the end of the taste, it seems to thicken quite a bit. This odd transition in thickness is actually going the wrong way, as it would have been nicer for a thicker feel earlier on in the taste to accentuate the roast and sweet with it then thinning out when all the alcohol, floral, and woody flavors come to the tongue. The carbonation however was rather appropriate as it was lighter and nice for the deeper flavors of the brew. While not ideal in my mind with beer had a very interesting feel overall.
Overall – A rather odd mix of flavors that really didn’t come together too well for me. It is an interesting try, but nothing I would go back to.
c0fein (336) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660ml bottle @ MBT. Bottled 9/13/13. Thanks alkoholocaust!
Black stuff with thin foam layer. Aroma of honey, sweetness. Flavour of sweetness, richness, floral. Nice one.
thomat (2349) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SB. Dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Malty and flowery tones. malt, fruit, spice and hops. Full body with a nice bitter sweet finish.
MadRobin (2288) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 5 oz. pour at Max's in the Fell's Point district, Baltimore, MD.
Opaque, black-brown with a khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and herbs.
Taste of chocolate, coffee, molasses, floral notes, roasted malt and alcohol.
Full/medium body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours dark brown with tan foam. Smells sweet of vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes sweet, full-bodied, roasty (some chocolate and coffee) with a hint of rum.
solidfunk (4979) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate milk. Some bitterness. Good stuff all around. Lots of roast. Tap at Snallygaster.
bytemesis (4245) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours ruby chestnut, small brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is roasy, lactic, honey, green tea. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, honey, floral and herbal; definite green tea notes. Lingering bitterness. Full body, creamy.