j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle I found at Trader Joes that James’ place for a tasting. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Soft roast with a bit of musky toast and warm grains. Sweet and toasty, long sweet caramel with a very soft bit of bitterness on the end.
TheGoyWonder (5) - - MAR 10, 2013 does not count
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Save a toad, just drink the pond water. What style is this supposed to be, it’s not even close to a porter or stout, nor is it smooth like a schwarzbier (sp).
The deal killer is an intense sweet aftertaste within a second of the sip. It isn’t a rich malty sweetness, it’s a sharp saccharine sweetness. Like Diet Pepsi (another pond water variant). There is little body and the roasted flavors are of low level but harsh, not balanced by medium roasts. I think black malt was used to get color and harshness without flavor and body.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours clear amber with a beige head. Sweet malts, light grainy notes and low bitterness. On the bland side, but not bad.
DCLawyer (1297) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle->SA. Medium brown with thin tan head. Aroma is nuts and malt, taste is same with metallic finish. Ok.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep garnet red with a thin head. Aroma is sweet, smokey, and a little like a good black lager instead of an ale. Flavors are also sweet, with little to clean them up. It is easy to drink and quick to finish, but I’m not sure I would want to drink several in a sitting. Nutty, chocolatey, and just a touch of roast.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
mums the word .. . the smell is right putting off .. deep tan .. very light foam .. . metal can and dried up molasses .. . quite horrid, avoid this at all costs .. . . not quite maximum snazz
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a thin wispy off-white head. Notes of toffee, caramel malt, raisins. Full bodied, soft carbonation.
MadRobin (1601) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Clear dark brown with small tan-yellow head and good lacing.
Aroma of toast, roasted malt, caramel and nuts.
Taste of toast, roasted malt, coffee, toffee and a touch of vanilla.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
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arojewski (35) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown with red notes and a thin but heavy head. No notable aroma but with deep rich notes on first sip. A dark beer with light mouth feel. Excellent.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, dark brown with red highlights, no foam, malt and cola aroma, flavor of raisins , licorice and nutshells , dry finish