Slipstream (1776) - USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think I prefer this to the Draymanís Porter on its own, and I havenít tried the Berkshire Ale yet. Malty and smooth, like most BBC releases. Fine aroma of floral hops, malt, and a bit of fresh grass and barnyard. The taste is equally enjoyable - some chocolate malt and pale ale hops that blend together very nicely. 10% of the sales price supports a local food bank - another plus in my book.
radarsock (480) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased from Learyís for $4.34 last night. I havenít had a Black & Tan in a while. Glad Iím going to...RIGHT NOW!!!! Bottle, as opposed to can or a fuckiní growler. I like bottles. Pours blood-red with a sudsy off-white head. You know something, I was getting annoyed with all the rings lately. Oh, yeah. Aromas of hop pellets, ginger ale, leather, minerals and peppercorns. Taste the same. Yeast and moldy clementines by swallow. As many have said, itís easy-drinking, but not something Iíd buy again. Kinda odd to say the least.
j12601 (5652) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber tinged brown with a thin white head. Soft roast on the nose, light chocolate, cocoa and toast. Medium bodied, soft cocoa and toasty malt. Smooth bitterness into the finish. Easy drinknig.
Niko100 (1490) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa, & some coffee; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee; Overall, a little thin - but decent.
oteyj (2114) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Barth. Reddish brown pour with a frothy off white head. Caramel, chocolate, cereal grain, and earthy loam lead to molasses and coffee grounds. Medium body- a bit light for the style with low carbonation and a roasty sweet finish.
Drake (6499) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Market Darien. Pours a hazy brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of brown malts, tea-like notes, floral notes. The taste is chocolate and tart fruits. Medium bodied.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím splitting a bottle of this tonight with hobbie100. Thanks Richard!
A: Very dark brown color with a thick, creamy, off-white head that leaves a thick coating of lacing all over the glass. Excellent appearance.
S: Faint aromas of malt, chocolate. Smells of a lager more as it warms. Hard to detect much.
T: This is easily the best of the Berkshire beers Iíve had so far. The flavors are gentle, but I get hints of milk chocolate and cream. The taste isnít huge, but itís great in its simplicity. The blend is done quite well, creating a pleasant and intriguing beer, in spite of the overall lack of complexity.
M: Creamy and smooth with a good carbonation level. A little bit of a tangy zip in the finish.
D: Very drinkable. Not terribly exciting, but I would definitely drink this again.
beerfest5 (831) - Simsbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at flatbread pizza. This one doesnít really work for me. The idea is a good one, but for a black and tan to come together properly, the black needs to be smooth, and the tan needs to be a little hoppy. The roasty meets sweet doesnít combine well and leaves this short.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap in my basement for my b-day. Dark hue on the pour, decent off white head, not completely dark however a bit brown hue showing through. Super malty nose, light dusted cocoa. Palate is very smooth, malty forwardness, with minor bitterness by the finish. Flavors are light and fluffy, really nice black and tan.
Leighton (6961) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Sanderís place, NYC. Pours brown with a creamy, beige head. Caramel, leaves, burnt toast, cocoa in the nose. Flavor is nice and slightly restrained. Medium sweet with a nice, mild roastiness, with chalky cocoa, some dark fruits, toast, some dark sugar. Medium bodied with incredibly creamy, massaging carbonation. Feels good, friends. Nice finish, some mild sticky bitterness, light roasted malts with cocoa, dark sugar, light bread. A very nice beer overall. Excellent balance.