hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Clear, very dark, crimson ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The nose is very subtle, but I am finally able to pick up some nutty malts and dark berries. Medium-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity with minimal bitterness. Finishes crisp, but sweet as well. Drinks a bit like a lager. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
Experiment_Ale (909) - 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 (6143) - 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 (1076) - 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 (109) - 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 (2145) - 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 (242) - 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.
78samh (114) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark thin black. Mild Toasty aroma. Mild cocoa and coffee tastes. Kinda watered down but smooth finish. OK
Luvystypotables (532) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild aroma of coffee, dark brown colour with a small head. Taste of chocolate malt, with a creamy feel and a slightly watery and a touch of bitterrness.
patrick767 (3528) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting, Sept 14, 2013 - Pours dark amber-brown with a light brown head. It has a dark roast malt aroma and flavor. Bubbly on the palate, it seems like a mild tasting brew for the style but it’s okay.
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Légère odeur de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréale grillée avec une pointe de fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréale grillée en arrière goût. (Rating #5485)