pdx77 (1366) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Oswego Grille. Light (for a dark ale), refreshing, malty, with small hop presence. Easy to drink.
Lizardking3 (99) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like bananas, nice. Does taste like most dark ales, the roasting so Is faint and the tart banana flavors are strong IMO. I like it, very drinkable.
Hanuta06 (327) - Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: from tap at Bennett’s Fish Shack.
Aroma: moderately sweet coffee and chocolate.
Appearance: no head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Clear, dark-red/brown body.
Taste: moderately sweet and smokey initial taste and finish with average duration.
Palate: medium bodied with creamy texture and lively carbonation.
Overall: very good. The smokey flavor balances with the sweetness.
stchloe (789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice creamy head, chocolate roasted malt body but surprisingly light, strong sweet notes.
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, lightly roasted grain, dates, hint of rubber on the finish. Light bodied, malty and flavourful on the palate. Flavours are dates, chocolate, malt.
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At 10 Barrel brewpub in Bend with Taylor. Pours lack with almost no head. Aroma is light thin nutty roasted malt. Taste is nutty roast, very nice, drinkable. I like it as a session beer.
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, husks, cocoa), with notes of car tires, paint.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A disturbingly dirty, phenolic sample...smells pretty strongly of chemicals/petrolates. Hope for the brewery’s sake this isn’t how it always is.
mikedR (1209) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not very well acclimated to this style. I enjoy the black malts here greatly. But there’s some kind of sweetness that is slightly offputting. Nevertheless, quite good.
Bookseeb (116) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is a very dark brown color supporting a healthy dissipating head leaving nil lace. Smell of the roasted malt with slight dark chocolate and coffee. Taste of the roasted malt giving it a slight bitter astringency with a light sour note. Moutfeel is medium light with good carbonation.
50belair (2234) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Clear dark brown pour with an off white head. Mild roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Good body and mouthfeel.
BrewGoblin (308) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great tasting 10 Barrel beer with a mouthfeel that wasn’t quite hitting home runs with me. This reminded me more of a Black Lager style than an ale and was quite slim in the body for that as well. It has a nice dark cocoa brown appearance, a small tan head with the smell of roast malts and coffee. Taste is similar with chocolate, wood and some mild basement dank. Just a touch too watery to really sink my tongue into.