decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, and a hard burnt coffee like bitter finish. Much like black patent malt. Medium bodied and fizzy. borderline harsh
RobertDale (3660) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased during SRBG 2014. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, rum barrel, and vanilla. Pretty good.
jandd1983 (2684) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. The label said ’Beta’. It poured a deep brown to black color with a beige head. The aroma was of roast, cocoa, a bit of chocolate and hops. It was medium-bodied with chocolate, thick and roasty, cocoa and some warm vanilla.
seymour (1465) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery tasting room. It poured an opaque black with sudsy foam of tight little beige bubbles, long-lasting with nice lacing. Malty sweet, caramelly, chocolatey, toasty, fruity, smokey, roasty. Boosy, some definite rum barrel notes. Heavy syrupy body, full bready mouthfeel, charcoal aftertaste. Tasty and true-to-style barrel-aged RIS, though my favourites are more fully attenuated. Definitely something worth trying while it lasts.