Ibrew2or3 (7515) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours deep dark blackness with lasting mocha head and some decent lacing. The aroma is full of roasted to burnt malts mixed with toastiness, burnt molasses and some mild sweetness. The taste kicks off with a bolt of roasted malts quickly followed by solid burnt to nearly charred malts mixed with licorice, malt balls and some malt astringency.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Degarth. Thanks again, Joseph. Dark brown, almost black pour. Very nice looking mocha colored head. Mostly lasting with some pretty lacing. Nose of coffee, smoky chocolate, roasted malts, floral hops and some astringency which I guess can be attributed to the rye malt used here. Tons of coffee and roasted malts on the fore, with chocolate and hops playing supporting roles. Medium bodied, creamy and rounded edges. Medium finish, coffee and chocolate with a bit of smoky charred goodness at the end. Good brew from a style I usually don’t go crazy over.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark pour with thick tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate and malt. Starts out sweet, slightly burnt toasted malty taste, a little sourness in the midly bitter finish. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Bailey’s Tap Room... Poured deep black with a light brown head. Really silky but a juxtaposing dryness to it. Milky and flavors of roasted malt and cocoa all balanced by hops. This stuff was so good I had to get a second serviing.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF 2007. This pours black as coal with a dark beige head. Lots of big roasted burnt malts and chocolates to the nose. I’m not getting any smoke per se, but the heavily roasted malt sure is there. Thick as a brick and syrup-like. Great coffee and chocolates. Anise perhaps as well. Great beer!
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a deep ruby brown with a thin head. Aroma is plasticy, spicy, tar and some cola, but low on the chocolate and roast. Mild chocolate flavor, biter earthy hops, more plastic and burnt harsh malts, and overall pretty weak. I thought I would enjoy this more- but seemed as though there were some off aromas and flavors.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: Very little aroma, some odd bitterness lingering. Some sweetness in front but is cloying.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Pours a mostly opaque with dark mahogany edges and a creamy dark tan head. Lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose has a touch of dark fruits and a hint of tartness. Body starts fairly full and dark caramely malty sweet with some milk chocolate balance toward a drier, roasty, bittersweet finish with lingering smoke and dark chocolate. A nice foreign stout.
beastiefan2k (2869) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thank you Samurai for the killer extra. Part of a blind tasting. It was a very different beer, maybe "bad" or "infected" but it was very interesting to me. Aroma is creme brulee, or a weird kind of sweetness. Taste sweet caramel with light spoiled milk. The mouthfeel is too light and slick, feels weird. Frankly, I thought it was something Belgian. Unfortunately, this finished last in the tasting but I thought it was interesting.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Weird aroma, kind of smoked, but also a little bit like soda. Maybe a little coffee also. The flavor is the same, and the coffee lingers on the palate.