Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Brewvival 2012. Beautiful dark brown pour with fair layer of tan head. Decently roasty nose. Sweet dark chocolate, with a semi-burnt character. Not picking up too much sweet potato specifically. Still, pretty good brew.
Drake (10687) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Brewvival. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a large brown creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, tart fruits, potatoes and spicy notes. The taste is earthy and vegetal notes, potatoes, roasted malts, sugar and tart fruits. Medium bodied.
Travlr (16394) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Solid clear maroon color, small tan head. Aroma of dark cocoa powder. Taste is smooth dark cocoa, light coffee. Interesting.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: February 05, 2011
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet patato aroma with a touch of cinamon and nutmeg
Flavor: sweet patato flavor, touch of roasted, light bitterness from the nutmeg
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Samís, Durham. Yet another rocking good stout from the great brewery. Thick, creamy dark brown pour with a hint of sienna to it (though I may be projecting there). Nice healthy dose of yams in the nose, with some sweet malts and just a hint of dry roasts. Mouthfeel is nice and hefty, with a bit of grit and chalkiness in the finish. Subtle and warming, would be cool if they bottled this.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Samís, leftover from the great Bellís event. Pours nearly black with thinnish tan head, slightly orange tinted. Nose is earthy, bringing to mind the caramelization of roasted sweet potatoes. Slight nuttiness. Sweet. Unique and tasty. Not sure how much I could drink, but great in small doses.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe on February 24, 2011. I do not think this is retired and have reported an update.
Pours near black with a good off white head that holds steady for a few minutes before falling and leaving behind some good lacing. The nose indicates that this is definitely a Fall-seasonal-type beer: there is quite a bit of spice along with a bit of sweet potato. The latter isnít really detectable, but knowing itís there I can say I get a faint whiff. Mostly I got some roasted malt and too many spices. The taste is a an even worse offender and this is simply too spiced. There is roast in the background but there is not enough roast or sugar to balance the spicing. Mouthfeel is medium with a spicy finish. Not my favorite Bellís creation.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 02-25-2011
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On-tap at the Cafe...Pours dark brown, but trying ever so hard to show off as black. The head is medium tan with good retention and lacing...The aroma is really sweet, to the point of being too sweet to drink. The sweet potatoes distinctly come though, impressive that they nailed it, but its not something I would want to smell a lot of. The potatoes are accented with lots of spices, star anise, and nutmeg, reminds me of Thanksgiving... The sweet potatoes get lost in the taste, shows off unnatural and chemical. Light chocolate and roast...The feel is too light, very watery.
Not a fan of this, have to skip it.
andyhwcinc (1660) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed at Bellís Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Appearance pure black with a very small tan head. Aroma pretty much non-apparent, if anything a touch of sweetness, maybe a touch of figs or a dark fruit Taste is unique, its pretty smooth with a fruity complex, slight carbonation, somewhat sweet, thereís definitely the sweet potato / starchy quality to it. Happy to have tried but probably wonít drink again.
craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
light black pour with a thin th. sweet spicy nose. light to medium body with flavors of yams, chocolate and spices. roasted finish with more chocolate.