rumproasts (3500) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Deep brown with small head. Malty with a rich molasses flavor. Some dark fruit in there as well.
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Very appealing visually - chocolate/raisin color with a rich, tan head that really kicked up on the pour. Waves of dark dried fruit on the nose. This is a real cold weather beer that warms the palate with rich fruits, almost akin to a christmas cake. A full bodied dark wheat ale that has a smooth mouthfeel. This is as unique a beer as I have tried recently. The high ABV is well hidden here, with the sugary back end notes rolling in. A little clove, ginger and nutmeg appears alongside some pumpkin and sweet potato elements, with each sip revealing other layers as the glass warms. The aftertaste and finish is long, with a tone of pumpernickel rye bread coming in. A really interesting and enjoyable seasonal ale that stands out in a crowd of pumpkin spiced ales and other such autumn time offerings.
superspak (3012) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and herbal spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast malts and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wheat, dark bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and herbal spice earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light banana, and spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced dark wheat ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Ferris (6340) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Cinnamon, clove and molasses. Jet black with a decent beige head. Lots of spices and vanilla with a medicinal malty base. Too spicy.
tectactoe (2739) - Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Dark pour, jet black in the glass with a rich tan head that slowly scatters to a thinner collar. Spiced aroma with a pumpkin-y feel. Good bit of clove & ginger. Warming. Faint cinnamon graham hints. Lighter notes of toasted brown sugar with a slightly roasted malt underbody. Clove & ginger spice pop out first on the palate with a mixture of dark chocolate & cinnamon that rolls in mid-palate. Spiciness of the ginger picks up with time. A bit of brown sugar, dark fruit, & bitter cocoa nibs lead into the finish. A touch of roast throughout. Slightly spiced, warming aftertaste with just a small hint of the 9.5% ABV. Not exactly what I was expecting, but a solid spiced ale nonetheless. Certainly a winter warmer.
libertine (255) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours completely black with a tan head as thick as cake batter. the nose is spicy with hints of licorice, chocolate and soy sauce. has that band aid taste that many beers in this style have. sweet on the front end with chocolate and spice notes then progresses to a slight bitter finish. medium body with a cloying mouth feel. doesn’t seem to be almost ten percent abv. good beer to sit and relax with but I wouldn’t drink more than two at a time. seems a bit filling.
Huhzubendah (2758) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice label art! Who knew that mythical carnivores had a soft side?
The beer appears black with a thick, fizzy tan cap. The aroma brings autumn spices, to include cinnamon, nutmeg. Additional notes of pie crust, squash, malt, brown bread, raked leaves, footballs, flannel. The flavor follows the aroma. This is pretty tasty! Grandiose spiced profile without the customary cloying sweetness. Although the abv is approaching double digits, the drinkability is just fine.
Man, I’ve been using this organic deodorant and this hit ain’t cutting it. I just took a shower a few hours ago and I smell like a bunch of adolescent boy scouts at a jamboree. Gonna have to change it up.
Anyhow, this beverage is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chocolate pumpkin pie. Some English porter characteristics. A solid beer. I’m drinking this out of season because your mom.
wchesser (1305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extra from flandersned. Nice one, Steve. Looks like maple syrup. Medium bodied. Nose is licorice, oak, tobacco, clove and allspice. Flavors follow with chickory and other lightly earthy flavors. Spice and wet leaves. Reminiscent of fuller bodied Anchor Our Special. Hits the mark.
jtw (1125) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - opens up with a thin hiss and produces a very tiny brownish head on top of a dark thick brown liquid. low level of bubbles and molasses notes, with nutmeg or clove spice behind, and a bit of piney hops. a little reminiscent of anchor’s Our Special Ale, but with a bit more roast and alcohol than OSA ordinarily has. enjoyable but the weight of it all makes it a tough brew to have more than one of...
TheBear11D (350) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Violin Monster pours black with a dark tan brown head that lasts and lasts and leaves lovely lacing. The aroma is complex but I notice chocolate, caramel and toffee. The flavor is caramel, chocolate, toffee and licorice. Overall this is a nice brew.