Ferris (4342) - 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 (1941) - 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 (212) - 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 (2580) - 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 (1172) - 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 (1098) - 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 (247) - 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.
DrSilverworm (6478) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. Sticker on the cap reads 9-13. Very dark brown, slightly red, near-black color. Much darker than expected, pretty stout-looking. Nice thin brown head. Sort of loose ropes and dots of lace. Head soon fades to nothing, with no lace. Very nice ginger, cinnamon aroma, some herbs... Great orange citrus. Nice bigger bitterness, big spiciness, light sweet. Some maple, chocolate. Good toasty malt. Very surprisingly tasty, complex stuff. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation, lightly slick. Very nice, interesting traditional ale. Very creative way to do an autumn ale, more interesting than expected.
Onslow (1172) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Inky dark brew that fizzles but never builds a head. One of the darkest brews I’v ever seen - just held the pint glass up to 60 watt bulb and not one ray of light passed through. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, metal. Taste is sweet malt & toasted malt at the start and then transitions to an espresso / coffee/ dark roasted malt at the end. FInal taste is a deep burnt bitter on the back of the tongue. Sipping it, the alcohol gains prominence both warming and with a bit of a boozy taste. Palate is satisfying and surprisingly agile for such a dark brew - I expected it to be quite heavy. Despite the lake of any head at all it has a fairly active carbonation. Seldom does one see something that is really different, but this one is - and it is quite good too.
MaroonOrange (129) - - OCT 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Nearly black color with a coffee head. Bubblegum and spices on the nose. Very flavorful with a dark chocolate finish. Thick palate - very nice.