superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast, light nuttiness, herbal, and slight raisin. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malts. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, light nuttiness, roast, herbal, and slight raisin. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, light nuttiness, and brown sugar on the finish for a short bit. Very nice malt flavor balance that is fairly robust, with good complexity; and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good brown ale. Nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
HIGHB4LL (632) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Watford City. Appearance: finger dark brown head, ok lacing, dark brown color, clear. Aroma: roasted grain, light chocolate, very faint floral hops. Palate: full body, average carbonation, slightly oily texture, light bitter finish. Taste: sweet malty front followed by astringent bitter roasted grain and light hops bitter. Overall, nice smooth texture, very drinkable, good tastes.
vsmith5 (9) - Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; Love the dark color, but the taste doesn’t match the rich dark look. After taste is flat. Head disappeared too quickly.
CH-303 (1452) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark brown, Some light tan head.
Aroma: Medium malt, caramel.
Taste: Malt, caramel, slightly watery. Acceptable!
Bought: World of Beer (Reston), 355 ml
ARH (520) - 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. There’s 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 it’s medium-light body. The flavors are mostly fig, toast, and caramel with a burnt and sugary note in there at the finish. It’s kinda woody, too. The aftertaste is a syrupy and cloying taste which turns to burnt coffee late.
jdb288 (562) - 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 (672) - 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 (54) - 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 (6019) - 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 (1441) - 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 (1283) - 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.