jsmerig (1343) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma reveals slight amounts of floral hops and smoke. Initial sweet notes soon pass as the taste settles in to a nice smoky flavor that lingers long after the last sip. Pleasant aftertaste without sourness that sometimes accompanies lesser brews. Very hearty.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ twisted spoke. Black with a beige head. Itís hard to get much aroma malt and hops. Sweet malts brown sugar dusty chocolate bitter roast and chocolate in the finish. Decent beer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, chocolate and doughy malt nose, a touch of caramel and some light dark fruit. The taste is moderately sweet with light to moderate bitterness, some dark chocolate, some light caramel, some doughy malt, some dark fruit, and golden raisins.
Travlr (15646) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark clear brown. Nice hoppy aroma, plenty of pine. Taste is bitter, hints of citrus. Not bad.
shrubber85 (8836) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet prune/dried cherry malt and astringent alcohol aroma. Dark brown color with minimal head. Sweet prune/cherry malt and bitter/astringent citric hops flavor. Very nice.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown color with a medium tan head. I donít know if itís because mine is cold, but all I get in the aroma is hops. The flavor is a little malty, a touch of caramel, but is fairly dominated by the hops. Itís not bad, and Iím glad I grabbed a few bottles to let age for a bit. Iíll try another in a few months.
queenholly (3374) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a moderate tan head with some decent lacing. Aroma was initially hops, but as it warmed I was able to pick up roasted malt, prune, a touch of smoke. Flavor was piney hops, coffee, bitter cocoa, molasses, dark fruit, smoke... thereís a lot going on. Medium bodied, slightly sticky and slight carbonated tingle. Iím glad I picked up several bottles so I can try it again after itís aged.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much the same whether from bottle or tap. A deep dark mahogany color. Nice floral hops in the aroma but not much of that in the taste. Main flavor is of dark fruits. A medium body with flat carbonation. No hint of the heavy alcohol. Nothing is overwhelming good or bad but it all mixes for a superb beer.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a thin soapy tan head. Aroma is malty, peaty, tobacco, with some piney hops initially. Flavor is over the top peat, some roasted malts, light piney hops. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, and finishes bitter. I just canít get by all the smoke, reminds be of Islay single malt scotch, which Iím not a particular fan of.
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Tobacco leaves, smoke, dark fruit. No hop aroma. Muddled. Nothing really stands out.
Appearance: Dark brown pour with a fast-fading tan head. Fair lacing.
T: Smoke, bitterness, astringent finish. Dark fruit, sandalwood, cedar. Moderate hop character in the finish. Second sip much better than the first. The bitterness really lingers long after the beer is gone.
P: Medium-thick, with good carbonation keeps the brew from coming off as cloying.
O: Iím not sure what to think of this one. It seemed to improve some as it warmed. Itís quite different from anything standard and really cannot be pigeonholed. Iíve got 5 more bottles left, so perhaps Iíll see what some aging on some of them will do, though I donít have my hopes up. I liked 9,000 better.