Trev (1868) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown/black with a medium tan head.
aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, some piney hop.
flavour is coffee, burnt malt. chocolate. some hop in the finish combined with burnt flavours.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Black color with a medium head. Aroma of chalk amd light pine. Dry chocolate flavor. Moderate roasted barley. Fairly bitter, but more malt astringcy than hop.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pour is black, and deep red at the edges, with a mocha head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, slight spice. Taste is coffee and chocolate, sweet roasted malt, slight spiciness.
bookman10 (621) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty good version of a stout. Pours a dark black with smallish head. Aroma is full of roasted malt. Flavor is a pretty balanced combination of roast coffee and grain, with a lot of malt sweetness. Semi-bitter finish.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep black with no real head, though that head would be beige. Toasty roasty burnt aroma with some coffee and a bit of caramel. Taste is surprisingly citrusy. Toast and coffee flavors dominate the mid game with just a touch of sweetness. Kind of watery, though you could call it juicy thanks to the citrus notes.
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Gridfather (26) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/11/13 pint glass at Grandma's in Duluth. Black as midnight. Aroma malt and chocolate. Creamy head. Comes on strong and ends smooth. Strong flavor of dark roasted malt. Leaves pronounced foam rings with each drink. Good session beer for primarily cooler weather.
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HoppedDuluth (4) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m rating this beer as it stands coming out of the tap on nitro. The beer sits wonderfully in an English pint glass. Wonderful black color with an ivory head. What I noticed first about this beer, in comparison to other black ales, was how drinkable it was. Front-end notes of coffee malt with a moderate hop finish. The beer comes of the palate very nicely, and does not linger; something I really appreciate with my ales. Very nicely balanced. This beer should be experienced on nitro, as the velvety texture and mouth feel is suberb. I would agree that this beer is thin in comparison to other black ales, but that’s something to be lauded, in my opinion.
jmagnus87 (2333) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can at RBSG. From notes. Chocolate and coffee but a thinner than expected texture. Regardless, I really like this one.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours a dark brown black color with a light tan head. Coffe roast and notes of chocolate in the nose, slight oatmeal note as well. Medium mouthfeel. Roast coffee bitterness upfront gives way to bitter chocolate flavor. Pretty smooth. Lingering bitter after taste. Drinkable.
mnmike (1015) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At tap at the MN State Fair. (unfortunately in a plastic glass...) Great dark color. Light enough for a hot day. Strong roast and bitterness. Awesome entry for this brewer.