Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of mibirder. Thanks! Pours an extremely dark brown color with a huge tan head. Good retention and fair lacing. Aroma of big roasted malts and slight tart fruits. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, tart fruits, bandaid.. Something a bit off. Medium bodied,
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Rather opaque black pour into the tulip. Huge off white head, had to pour and wait a couple times. Burnt malt and toast aromas, but rather light. Lively mouthfeel, light medium body. Burnt malt taste with hints of dark chocolate. Subdued hop presence. Very, very clean, but maybe just a bit overcarbonated. If not for the carbonation I would say this is extreamly drinkable, but as such is just good drinkability. A very interesting and unique alt.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sicilianos in Grand Rapids, MI. Dark brown with rocky beige head. Slightly sour oxidation or infection aroma, not really in style, mettalic, brown sugar. Sour, fruity, coffee, oxidized, dry, blueberry flavor. Medium body with light carb. Infected but where’s the alt?
mjfleming23 (24) - Lake Worth, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought a six pack while visiting Ann Arbor. This dark ale had a nice malty aroma and taste, with a strong smoky and hoppy finish that stays with you. I liked this beer a lot, because it not only tasted great when I drank it, but the taste stayed with me for a good hour afterward.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle: Should have know from the pop of the bottle cap that this was going to be a gusher. Actually took over 5 minutes to pour this beer as I would get 5 inches of an off-white head for every 1/4 of the bottle that I poured. Orange-black in color, evidence of particles. Aroma of roasted malt, wheat and grass. Initially tastes a little sweet with a burnt malt flavor. Then it dulls to a sour, seaweed finish. Maybe I just got a bad batch as this is the 2nd bottle in the 6 pack to do this to me. Not enjoyable at all.
flatmatt (1258) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at a local restaurant. Pours very dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma is a mild roasty and fruity smell. Flavor is strong in roastiness with a lot of cream. Some slight dark fruit flavors are also present, as is a little chalkiness. This is better than I remember it being last time I had it on tap at the ABC brewpub.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark tree bark color. Half way between toasted and roasted on the malts, with just a little sweetness in the initial sip. Second sip reveals some smoke and resin. Finish is dry. Body is solid.
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an almost black brown with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malt, slight hops, and coffee. Flavor is similar, with the addition of dried fruits and molasses. Very easy to drink, but nothing to hunt down.
aaaaaaaaaah (64) - Warren, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ brewery. Aroma is toasted and nutty malt. With hints of lemon, raisin, toffee and cola. The initial flavor has a mild hop bitterness. The middle flavor is roasted malty, nothing spectacular. Mild hoppy finish that fads to coffee.
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinkable at best. Lovely dark brown color, nice head of mocha giving way to decent lacing. Aroma of socks. I exaggerate, but it’s not nice. Taste is about as bland as you’d expect a sock-smelling beer to be. Either my bottle was skunked or this is the stalest-tasting beer I’ve ever had. I lean towards the latter, because truly stale beer is undrinkable, and I was able to nurse this, albeit much effort was required. Smoke flavor dominates over all else. The palate on this just completely fails. Still debating whether or not to pour it down the drain.