swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at blue monk, buffalo. Black pour with purple hues, minor roast in the aroma, lots of acidic blueberries, very light chocolate. Flavor is highly acidic upfront, blueberry, bile, tart, some chocolate roast lost in there. Unique
Westmeister (1723) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Thirsty Monk. Pours completely opaque black with just a ring of head/carbonation. Smell is ash, dark malts, berries and tobacco.Taste starts with thick cocoa malt with a muddled tartness, tobacco, char and blueberries. The berries are not a pronouced as I would have thought. Very complex. Good.
Lukaduke (2112) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Novare Res. Pours a slick deep umber black color with a finger of fleeting eggshell foam... on the nose its wildly funky; compost, rubbish, organic matter, berry, chocolate, oak smoke. On the palate its a lot of the same... a little here and there but full of interestingly complex notes. There is a nice moment mid palate that the blueberries really ripen up but then get overtaken by the chocolate, dirt, vinegar touches that pull it back into the hmmmm category. Glad I tried it... would I order it again? Not sure
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black in color with a small khaki head. Roasty, some blueberry, and a bit of nail polish remover. Some butterscotch, smoke, bandaid, and salt. Light lemon notes, too. The flavor is a bit savory. Some smoke, roast, and chocolate. Salty, a bit of blueberry, light tartness, and some burnt sugar. Not terribly enjoyable.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Poor Phil’s. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, some tartness, berries, and chilies. Flavors of warmth from chilies, roasted malts, blueberries and fair amount of tartness. A lot going on here. Pretty damn tasty and interesting none the less.
Braudog (5623) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Birch. Deep and brooding, with a hint of midnight blue. The aroma is borders on the pharmaceutical, but this drinks with a decidedly Flemish character -- a definite sour vinegar edge the predominate front, with a funky twist as a sidekick. This is like a sweet and sour battle inside my mouth. (#4797, 10/6/2012)
emacgee (4000) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Tasty Beverage. Pours ink black with one finger of sandy tan head. Nose shows more acidity than expected. Fruit skin and chocolate, tannic and acidic. Very nice flavor, some charred wood. Phenolic and fingernail polish remover start to show through. Acidity builds as I taste. Medium body. Gets a little weird.
radagast83 (4524) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grabbed some of this a week ago at Rustico. Poured a near-pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was funky dark berries, with some sour/tart notes to it. Flavor was tart berries, notes of dark chocolate and some coffee beans. Pretty enjoyable.
Travlr (10009) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last of the keg. Black color, fluffy and lacey brown head. Aroma of medicinal berries in a roasty background, very odd. Taste is fruity cocoa, coffee. Strange stuff. Not unpleasant, but the base beer is so delicious, why mess with it?
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Alla Spina, served in a tulip glass. Poured black with thin head and no lacing. Nose of a little funk, some roasted malts, tar. Taste is sour blueberry, raspberry, currants, slight notes of chocolate, with a mildly smokey finish. Very interesting beer.