deyholla (7962) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Westside location. Pours a clear deep amber brown with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a strong red wine note backed by a strong dark red fruit note and some dark grains. Flavor has some red wine and red fruit but is balanced by dark grain and a hint of roast.
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours out a black body with a fast growing, foamy, beige head with good staying power.
Smell: Bulky maltiness, with strong scents of semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, darkened malts (though not overly roasty). Flash of prune yields to the sweetish, fruity zinfandel notes.
Taste: Gently roasted maltiness soaked in prune juice and glazed in chocolate, molasses. Fairly sweet throughout. The zinfandel wine mingles with the malts and, on occasion, gives a hint of Dr. Pepper. Fruitiness dominating the back half. Well carbonated, sweetish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus carbonation. The carbonation is crucial to keeping the beverage flowing, as were it to have nary a sud, the sweetness and heaviness of body would go from delightful to unpleasant (see: Lost Abbey).
Overall: A tasty tipple that was paired with a simple, easy-going cheese plate.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Black Beauty
Date: May 26, 2012
Appearance: black, creamy ta head, scattered drippy lace
Aroma: sweet winey aroma, dark roasted malts
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, sweet fruity wine, touch of chocolate, roasted and spicyness still comes through, bitter dark malt finish
Name: Black Beauty
Date: November 08, 2012
roasted still a robust character along with the winey sweetness, least changed of the flight, still the black malt finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4