hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Bottle # 1859 of 2007. Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, some dark fruits, smoke, sugary, and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolate, some caramel, roast, and light coffee. Alcohol content well hidden.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Butters for this one! Pitch black, faint brown at edges, nice long lasting head fades to ring, very attractive. Aroma has components of slightly hot alcohol, dark fruits, and chocolate. Flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, and a bit of caramel. Roast note as well. Alcohol evident. This is significantly better now that it has warmed up, as it was just totally disjointed at first. Not bad. Could potentially respond well to oak aging, as long as it is done with restraint, vanilla could be a great complimentary component here. Bottle 555.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Immy. Pours almost black and opaque with a white head. Smells of chocolate, some sugar. Tastes moderately bitter and tangy with some weird processed sugar aftertaste.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to immy....a very appealing almost black pour with a hefty tan head at first that quickly made an exit....aromas of charred and smoky roast and cocoa.....moving onto the flavors. more bittersweet chocolate, roast, and a nice added smokiness to it. medium body and pretty smooth overall. slight bitter roasted finish in the end.....this one was def. a pleasant surprise. thanks tim.
radagast83 (5178) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. #536 out of 2007. This beer was excellent! Pours a pitch black, with a dark brown medium head. Aroma is sweet, roasted, with hints of chocolate and both regular and brown sugar. The flavor is creamy, chocolates, with roasted malts, and a strong caramel taste (did I mention the chocolate?). The alcohol was hidden until I started to notice my head was a little light after finishing the bottle. Quite a fine pick here.
Drake (9264) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Bottle #1939 of 2007. Pours nearly absolute black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, vanilla and smoke. Strong taste of brown sugar and coffee, with a smooth finish.
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Number 22 oz offering #355 of 2007 from up the road in Williamsburg. Dark, dark brown with a hint of reddish tinge. The aroma is sweet and robust, full of brown sugar, enough to attract any hummingbird. This has an almost wicked bite of woodsy, roasty caramel, almost coffee-like. This is delicious and I look forward to the oak-aged version. (#3262, 12/31/2007)
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, #532 of 2007. Black with a thick brown head that faded rapidly. Nose has lots of roasty malt and toffee, some coffee and black molasses notes. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, very smooth, certainly full bodied. Flavor is somewhat sweet, burnt malt and caramel, black coffee and cocoa. A medium bitterness from start to finish, baking chocolate-like. Everything softens just a bit when fully warmed. Alcohol is barely detectable, surprising for 9%. Finishes with more toffee and caramel. Absolutely delicious! May not be for everyone, but I love it.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, bottle number 0528 of 2007. Pours deep black in color with a thin brown head which does not last long. Aroma roasted malt and caramel. Taste malt, coffee and chocolate with bitter finsih.
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 22 ounce. Bottled on the 20th of November 2007. Limited edition of 2007. This is bottle number 1851. Pours pitch black with some mahogany around the edges. Small fading light brown head. Very dense and creamy. Aroma is roasty malts, burnt caramel, toffee and hints of Bit O Honey. Taste is roasty malts, more burnt caramel notes, toffee and faint coffee. Body is creamy and smooth with a medium to medium-full palate and light bitterness lingering throughout the finish. Ends with more toffee and burnt caramel notes. Roasted malts, soft coffee and light cocoa round this out. Nice stuff! The 9% ABV isn’t even noticeable. It will be interesting to see how this responds to barrel aging once they do it. In speaking with the folks at Alewerks today, the barrel aging prospect isn’t set in stone.