Darkover (1525) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a big brown head. Aroma of spices and caramel malt. Flavor of sugar, caramel malt and pepper.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got some malt,yeast and some spices in the aroma.Pours a very deep copper with a medium tan head.Lots of malt and somemusty yeast in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a malty/yeast finish.
DocLock (8421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Deep brownish/ruby edged pour with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma of caramalt, brown sugar, figs, nutmeg, and dark chocolate. Tastes caramalty, with mid-palate brown sugar, figs, slight port, and slight chocolate. I also got slight bourbony notes as this warmed. Not bad.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a mostly opaque black with a sustained frothy head. The nose is rather quiet for such a big beer - earthy and plummy malt being the biggest contributor. The high ABV shows itself upon first sip, prickling the tongue in a blanket of peppery alcohol. A wave of highly roasted grain moves in next, bringing with it plenty of raisin and plum notes. The carbonation is subtle, allowing for a chewy, creamy mouthfeel. After the initial malt blast, the body thins as it moves towards the finish. Fruity esthers join the peppery alcohol as the beer lingers out in a long, dry finish. The creamy mouthfeel is nice, but I expect more complexity from such a big beer. It is easy to drink though and that is a positive in itself.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vanilla, and light alcohol in the aroma. Almost black body with red hues. Medium palate. Lots of malt in the flavor with some yeast and a light peppery taste in the finish.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
biscuity and roasted malt with some chocolate and carmel. some raisin and some wheat with a little walnut and almond and a hint of clove.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a dense tan head. Faint bready and dark roasted malt aroma. Medium light body, a tad amount of wateriness on the texture. Initial flavor of caramel and raisen. Mid palate is sour and nutty with some astrigent coffee notes. Extreme ashy lingering flavor on the finish, with some hint of hairspray. This must be a bad bottle, because this is not very good. On a positve note, I the alcohol is not detectable. VERY WELL HIDDEN. I would have never guessed this was 9.5%.
frankenkitty (1974) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep, dark mahogany/brown, moderately carbonated, with a soft, khaki head that holds. Aroma shows roasty malts, shoe polish, a tart yeastiness, a touch of chocolate and a whiff of ABV. Malts are featured prominently in the flavor, although it comes across a bit raw and worty. As I get used to it, the roastiness of the malt becomes more enjoyable (albeit with the light sourness of burnt coffee). Mouthfeel shows some liveliness despite its heft. Overal decent. If this was a homebrew, I’d give it high marks.
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BigBeer45 (1308) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, poured dark with ruby hi-lights, good dose of dark malt and sweet with faint cola fragrances,
chocolate and a touch of fruit aroma, flavor of sweet, light and dark malts, some roast taste and faint cherry berry that lingers in the finish, small hop bite, nice tasting and smooth drinking, alcohol was hidden.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark brown almost black color with a medium sized beige head. Sweet malt and dark fruits. Some chocolate on the finish. The flavor was malty with a light roast. Moderate sweetness. Semi-dry finish with some bitterness in there. Some fruits in the flavor. Medium bodied with some nice warmth.