smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a trade with Gription79. Pours dark brown with tan head. Toasted malt aroma with some hints of chocolate. Moderately roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and licorice. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Dallas.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fing amazing...this is one of my favorites and its hard to set yourself apart in the black ale/stout/porter ranks. This one is special. Good, mild, clean, crisp, malty, not too much anything but perfect balance. beautifula and the smoothest really
seymour (1434) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared from a bomber into snifters at the Royale gathering last night, thanks Blake! It poured a nearly opaque dark brown color with tan head and some lace. A good, true-to-style schwartzbier. Roasted barley and burnt toast. Nice light drinkable strength, crisp finish. I’d compare it to Smithwicks, Guinness Black Lager or Black Toad.
phaleslu (6430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! Pours a dark brown-amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, brown sugar, tobacco, and chocolate. The flavor follows the same line, with toasted malts, nuts, chocolate, tobacco, brown sugar, and earth. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Dry finish. Had back-to-back with the 10 Barrel Oregon Brown Ale, and I’d give the slight edge to that one.
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Craigers. Pours a deep brown color with a medium off-white head. The aroma is chocolate and light malts. A smooth easy brew with some light sweet caramel malts, chocolate, clean and very light. Decent.
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from The Grapevine
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, chocolate and caramel
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, floral with a dry finish
Nice, solid and clean.
wlajwl (3872) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is black malts. The flavor is malts, cocoa, mild fruit undertones and hops in the finish.
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black! Tan dense head. Like a smooth oatmeal stout that gradually tries to become an IPA. Not at all bad.
bpreo (1609) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, out of nowhere this is one of the best beers I have had this year!
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown/black pour with brown loose foam - resin, caramel, coffee aroma - flavors of alcohol, slight dark chocolate and slight black pepper