Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the beer store. Pours a dark mahogany color with minimal head and some slight lacing. Aroma is sweet fruits,raisins, and chocolate. Taste is sweet, malty, and a little fruity with a finish that is a litte doughey. Nothing spectacular, but pretty good.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing ring of beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some dark fruity esters and a touch of piny hops. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark malty sweetness with a good balance of resiny grapefruity hops and a touch of molasses before a semisweet doughy finish. Well-balanced and enjoyable.
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to BeerandBlues2. Cloudy walnut pour. Nose of dark fusel alcohol, caramel, vanilla, barrely wood, and chocolate. Flavor holds a strange lactic sour and sweet presence that just doesn’t work. Palate is actually wonderfully smooth and silky, but it doesn’t quite salvage the beer for me. Eh.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the Perfect Pour, MD. Dingy dark rust pour, with minimal head and carbonation. Rich cherries and chocolate in the nose, with a strong toffee and malt undercurrent. Body is a bit watery, and there’s just a touch of heat on the palate. Flavors are far more redolent of the porter than the Scottish, but there’s certainly a bit of the peaty, fruity qualities of the latter. I guess it’s okay, but it seems that the personalities of either individual beer might have been lost at the crossroads.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark chestnut, large cream head, thin film on top. Nose is cardboard, thin chocolate, lightly hot and heavy raisin. Flavor is heavy raisin liquor at front, boozy, burnt, oxidized (paper) mess, bit of chocolate in the salty, sticky, dead finish.
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Brownish with a small tan head. This was pretty ho-hum. Notes of brown sugar, molasses, light caramel. Not too cloying, but not too interesting either.
argo0 (11165) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Small tan head, cola-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, light sourness. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some chocolate, cherry, light sourness. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL beerandblues2. Pours a tepid mahogany deep amber with a thinning, decent yellowish head. Nose is lighter, lemon, small creamed coffee, raisins. Taste is hoppy, bitter, caramel. Lightly astringent. No specialty malt stickiness thankfully. Moderate spice. Not bad at all. Much better than expected.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy maroon color, small tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Taste is coffee grounds, subtle scotch. Nice.
Butters (3658) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the DC gathering at GT’s place. Clear brown pour not much head. Interesting blend I guess. Toasty, toffee, some dogfoody flavor, peaty, scotchy, malty. Medium smooth on the palate, moderately low carbonation. Okay sipper, but not for me personally. Meh.