Dogbrick (8960) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, thanks to my BIL for assistance with note-taking. Clear dark amber color with a medium thin white head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lace. Aroma of malt, chocolate and peppercorn. Medium body with flavors of malt, sweet cocoa and peppercorns. The finish is sweet malt and peppercorn. Pretty good all around.
jredmond (5836) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at GABF 2014. Pours a deep reddish brown body. Aroma is cocoa, light chocolate, sweet malt and candy. Mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy with notes of sweet chocolate, cocoa, light salty character, spice and rich maple/molasses character.
larryLSB (451) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub in Waimea, under the name of Red Sea of Cacao. Tasted in a sampler by far the most unique and different of what I had. Darker red with a light tan head. Sweet nose with chocolate and molasses characteristics. Taste was on the sweet end, but just a bit of salt to mellow it out. Nice fully bodied beer with an abrupt finish. They plan on doing a bottling in the next couple of weeks.
skoisirius (1814) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Bier Stein Eugene last Wednesday. Paired with Firestone Stickee Monkee - not bad ;) . Anyways, WTF is going on here but awesomeness? Himalayan pink salt in a beer? Winning. Smells of peppercorns, cocoa, thick sugar, and a hint of malts. Flavors have a sweet up front kick, a cocoa salt mid-body, a molasses tipped off third quarter, ending with a Caldera classic bitter end. Somehow all in a Red Ale - and it works? One extra Overall point for creative cleverness.
junon (426) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 I finally found a contender for rogues hazelnut...matter if fact this is better. I haven?t been this blown away in long...long time. I?m especially tripping that its a local brew. All I can say is...check it!
beernbourbon (1357) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the source. Chocolate, pink sea salt, pink peppercorns. Interesting. Pour is clear deep red with a small white head. Aroma and flavor with notable cacao, rich light-toasted malt and a slightly spicy peppery finish. Really interesting beer. Loved it but one is all I could do. Totally worth trying. Not too much salt.
AmEricanbrew (6177) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber color with ivory head. Big vanilla, chocolate, toffee sweet aromas. Medium body. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, earthy molasses, toffee flavors with some drying black pepper bitterness to finish---surprisingly tasty for how sweet it is...
after4ever (6470) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at sb. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head that fades. Huge cocoa nose, molasses and soft sweet cherry peppers showing. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Big caramel, cocoa, and molasses mid palate with a long cocoa finish.