tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown with a light brown head. Fruity fragrance with a hint of smokiness. Taste is complex, some raisin, plum, sweet molasses, roasted malt, coffee with some bitterness. A definite bite of alcohol, alcohol presence seems stronger than 7.7%. Overall a fine beer, a little too much dark fruit raisin plum-like flavor, taste is reminiscent of my Mother-in-laws Christmas mincemeat pie.
Cliff (398) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 pours a deep brown, almost black color with a thin brown head. aromas of brown sugar and roasted malts. nice malty, roasted flavor with a clean spice tone. medium mouthfeel and a slightly bitter aftertaste. very good brew. almost a dubbel/stout hybrid, if thats allowed.
Lowe1983 (1309) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark black color with a medum brown head. Aroma is of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, and molasses. Thick on the palate with the flavors of chocolate and roasted malts to start off. Finishes with the molasses and a slight bitterness. Very impressed with this brew.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Fox and Hound: Poured a dark brown, almost black with a tannish head. The smell seemed to have a bit of raosted coffee scent to it. Taste sort of reminded me of a cross between a belgian double with a porter... It was quite interesting, but I liked it. Taste had a fruity, yet coffee like flavor. A very nice beer.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a brown head. Aroma of yeast, smoke and malt. Flavor of rich roasted malts and dark chocolate
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light figgy alcohols, with tawny fruits and touches of sherry. Light bready yeast character. Almost some smoky, rich cream. Surprisingly impenetrable pour of dark ruby, with a rim of tan cream. Flavor is a rich warm alcohol, with vibrant plum creams and bold charred currant sauce. The dark flavor of soy and burnt lamb skin seems a little heavy for the style. But, the sweet molasses character and rising bread notes create a marvelous symphony of fruit character. Elsewhere in the profile is an epiphany of alcoholic savory robustness that speaks of refined culinary detail. Far away, some lemongrass throws aside a cast of drying balance. This grows into a berry like hop character with sweet resins leaving a delightful long smack. Another very interesting Bells beer and an absolute delight.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from the bottle. poured a dark brown to black with a nice sized brown head which left some lacing. aroma raisins, coffee, yeast, alcohol,, brown sugar, some sourness, plums,. flavor roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, dark fruits, nice alcohol bite. a nice dryness and bitterness to this
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 12oz bottle. Aroma: Roasted malt with some coffee and cocoa. Light smoke, and peppery spiciness. Some raisin-y notes and a touch of Belgian yeast. Appearance: Dark brown in color with a full and creamy tan head. Good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt again with coffee and smoke. Candi sugar. Spice is nutmeg and szechuan peppercorns. Some raisiny notes come through before the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Kind of like a Robust Porter meets an Abbey ale. Strange but good. Glad I bought more of this.
zathrus13 (1667) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, with a light brown head. Spices, cloves, chocolate, and alcohol aroma. Flavors are spices, chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium body. Good stuff. Thanks to Moejuck for this bottle.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. The aroma is full of roasted coffee aromas. Fllavor is smooth with a roasted coffee coating on the palate and a nice bitterness to the aftertaste.