dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
sample a brewpub. Pours a deep dark brown. Smells and tastes of raisins and licorice. Doing this beer in the cask has made it a little thin and flat, allowing the licorice to overpower the taste.
Ratman197 (9066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (leftover from GABF) pored a clear brownish black with a minimal tan head. Aromas of esspresso, roastiness and hints of dark chocolate and vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a hint of smoke with a lingering roasty bittersweet finish.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown with a full and creamy three finger head. A truly great looking beer. Alot of dark aromas in this. Deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. A little too smoky for my tastes, and lost points because of it. Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth. A pretty good beer.
patrick767 (3407) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cask at brewpub - Pours black with a tan head. The aroma is mainly chocolate and roast malt. There’s lots of dark chocolate in the roast malt led flavor. It has a medium body and a sweet, creamy finish.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep brown, not quite black, a little thin looking with a slight, oily-brown head. Weak yet roasty aromas. Chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with mild vinegar notes. I don’t mind my Porters thin, but this was a little too thin. Unimpressive.
<font size=-4>On tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/michigan/ann-ar Brewing Co., Ann Arbor, MI 48104</font>
Sammy (8096) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A keeper on cask here. Mocha head on top of very dark brown. Sessionable ABV. Well malted and the bias is on the sweeter side and so drinkable. Cocoa, coffee, mollasses, mild roastiness. Could have more aroma with all of these ingredients.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with no head. Aroma and flavor of raisins and licorice with a smoky finish. The body is light with an oily texture and gentle carbonation. Good stuff.
mds (2168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Blck body with a medium-sized creamy mocha head. Smells roasty- milk chocolate, toffee caramel, toast, and faint sourness. Starts out interesting - chocolately with thin caramel malts and coffee bitterness. Some acidity is also present from the malts. Pretty good.
Tasted at the brewpub on December 27, 2006.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours black with a tan colored head, that lingers. Aroma is malt, choclate, mocha. Taste is milk choclate, toasted malts, molasses. Palate is medium full, with a smooth, creamy finish. Pretty good. They slid down fast and furious.
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask of course. The body was black with a light khaki head. The aroma was almods and mocha with some milk chocoalte. The taste was light coffee with some sweet pears. There was also some strange stale caramel. The mouthfeel was very smooth. I was not very impressed.