ARH (663) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. The aroma is quite damp with notes of caramel, fig, and a distinct dirt / earthiness to it. Thereís chocolate lingering as a secondary aroma with some grains late. About midway through the glass a distinct aroma that I could only relate to a "wet dog smell" came through. It poured a dark mahogany color with a medium tan ring that had a soapy quality to it with a light, dusty surface layer. A light lacing is left on the cup. The taste is a medium bitter and light sweet. Creamy carbonation give the beer a smooth texture with itís medium-light body. The flavors are mostly fig, toast, and caramel with a burnt and sugary note in there at the finish. Itís kinda woody, too. The aftertaste is a syrupy and cloying taste which turns to burnt coffee late.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes! I love a surprise. Bottle at Hickory Tavern. Pours brown/black with tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, toasted marshmallow. Taste combines those with some good Willamette hops...so you get sweeter and savory notes. A good "deep" brown with layers of flavor.
ramboraffe (808) - SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
355 ml bottle. Brown with tanned head. Smell is nutty roasted malt. Taste is caramel and nutty malty and sweet. Sweet with low bitterness and low carbonation.
mlane76 (57) - Albany, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, full bodied beer with hints of chocolate, hoppy, but not bitter, with a slight bit of coffee aftertaste
slowrunner77 (6288) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice balance here. a roasted chocolate nose with a smidge of hops. thin to medium body with a well balanced roasted flavor, and a slightly more bitter hop finish. not bad."
Lunkie (1497) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Herbal malt aroma. Dark brown colour good head and lacing. Malt smokey flavour. Smooth lingering palate.
vanvenlo (1347) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
McCoppins bottle(12-Oct-2014)Sweet malt plum aroma.Dark brown,good head&suds lace.Sweet malt plum flavour.Caramel light roast malt flavour.Light choc malt finish&herbal aftertaste.
StevieT (813) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Faint roasted aroma, very dark brown with minimal head, very fruity with a little bitterness. Itís quite good.
TattooJack (193) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought 3 bottles poured them all (one at a time) into a pint glass. Nice dark color, couple fingers of tan head. Tastes malty but not really sweet, which is good. Easy drinking, nice buzz after 3.
AgentAle (894) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and toffee. Taste is medium rich malts with slight bitterness. Not overly deep flavors. Appearance is black with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.