stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bordering on jet black with a billowy tan head. Little yeastie chunks floating around. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and burned caramel, with a fair resinous hop whack in there too. Flavour is dominated by the roasted malts, hops + hop bitterness are there but tend to pop the astringency out of the malt. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Big beer, just slightly to roasty and bitter for its own good.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark deep red brown with tan head. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus and peach with a light roast malt. Hops show up front in the flavour, citric bitterness followed with a dry cocoa roastyness. Finish is bitter, slight chocolate. Aggressive, roasty and hoppy. Almost like a black American brown ale.
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tannish head. Aroma of caramel, malts, and some hops. Flavor is of malts and hops. Not bad.
Lowe1983 (1480) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of light hops, some chocolate malts, and caramel. Hops come out a little more on the flavor but not as much as I was expecting them to. Some chocolate and molasses come out on the flavor as well. Slight bitter finish.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep brown color with a ruby tint and a light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, roast, some chocolate, and very intense piny citrus hops. Flavor is roast, caramel, toast, and a very flavorful piny citrus hop finish. Really good dark hoppy beer.
jonno (2441) - JAPAN - JUN 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another disappointing seasonal from Baird. Looked the business, very dark. Minimal malt/hop nose. A lot less hops than I was expecting. Very nuetral in this aspect for a supposed 80 IBUs. Quite malty, perhaps more balanced than expected for the style.
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Fishmarket and Towers. Dark body with a beige head. The hops are prevalent throughout the aroma and flavor. Bitter, malty, light molasses sweetness, fruits, some floral, pine, and a touch of chocolate. Very enjoyable beer.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on tap at Popeye’s in the middle of a beautiful sunny Saturday early evening (in the middle of rainy season). Had some intriguing flavour ideas i.e. roasted coconut, pepper, spice, coffee, hop bitterness...made me think of an IBA-styled brew. Kind of interesting beer, but I felt it was not really taking me anywhere. This was the 4th pint of the night so I should possibly reinvestigate...?
cgarvieuk (20430) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home ... HUGE thanks to TimE for this @ EBF08 ... black thin tan head ... big coffee fruity spicy nose little pine hop ... good roast malts ... light coffee ... big hop that mellows down ... light chocolate ... light rasins ...
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the nakameguro taproom. deep black with some purple around the edges of the glass and a lasting light brown head. the dryhopping showed through in the aroma with the amarillo really standing out, also some hints of pine and moss. burnt raisin toast flavour with hints of red berry, complex flavour with hints of caramelised stonefruits, similar to an imperial stout