SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a dark, cloudy purple with a crazy beige head. Aroma of wild yeast, grape, toasted grain. Flavor has signs of dark toasted grains, tart, wild yeast. Mouthfeel is light-med. body with high, fizzy carbonation. Pretty good stuff..
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a brown reddish color with a large creamy beige head. Good lacing. Nose is prunes, wood, cocoa nibs. Taste is chocolate, grapes, and cocoa powder. Moderate mouthfeel and a medium finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice looking brown beer. THin head. Somewhat tart body with malty, tart, clean flavors. Somewhat yeasty at times and nicely spritzy.
malrubius (2586) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
BCTC. Hazy brown and foamy. Tart and cocoa aroma. Tart mild cherry fruity with cocoa and dry tart mouth-coating finish. Fizzy. Pretty good.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very solid oaky flavor. Gushed all over the place. Started funky and nasty but eventaully became just solid oak with some funk.
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle at Woodshop. Brownish pour with smallish head. aromas were fruit and some tart. Flavor was a bit more sour. Sweet too. Not super sour but still pretty good.
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the MGB Summer Beer Fest. This one poured as Velvet Hammer 9. The pour is a darker amber color, almost brown with a large white head and some decent lacing as it falls quickly. The aroma is really disappointing. There is a little oak, and some sharp tart fruit. Itís nothing thatís overly powerful, but itís definitely there. The flavor is a little more acidic and tart. The sourness is pretty good. Nice funk and itís pretty sharp. Better than the nose leads on. The mouth feel is way better than it looks. There is a nice sharp carbonation to go with a thinner sour. The aftertaste is acidic, funky, and lingering
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ BCTC 2010. Brown, tan head. Nose is that of a nice brown ale along with more chocolate & some alcohol. Flavor is tart chocolate, a bit too bitter & lemony, alcohol. Meh.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cider and Gin aroma. Soft muddy brown. Quickly tart green apple, finishes clean.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Pours cloudy dark brown with a thick and lacy beige head. Light body and carbonation. Lightly sour fig and lemon aroma and taste.