radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at WHYM Beer Cafe yesterday afternoon: lazy Sunday plans. $7.00 exactly for the 8 oz. serving. To snifter, it pours a murky brown-tinted jet black with which a creamy, off-khaki head 1 finger in length stood. Aromas of marsh rosemary, soil, pepperoni, D2 candied sugar, Belgian yeast, wool, firewood, peat moss, cocoa nibs, licorice root, and cognac. Tastes the same with the addition of charcoal, blueberries, and earl grey tea. Just a hint of honey and vanilla represented at swallow, studded alongside funk, sorrel mushrooms, and spent grain. Definitely comes alive by its finish. Earthy and bitter, but amazingly smooth and fascinating. One helluva beer. I wasn’t enamored, but I would certainly have this again.
WillRunForBeer (1996) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro draft at Cask and Vine. Pours dark amber brown with a big (as expected) smooth brown head. Aroma of coffe and hazelnut, roast. Smooth and creamy with dark coffee, dark chocolate. Doesn’t get the least bit hot until the finish, where alcohol punch rises just above and separates the flavors some. Well crafted and very easy to drink for 13%.
johnnnniee (3402) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On nitro tap at Cask and Vine
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a huge frothy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of dark and caramelized sugars with a fair bit of dark dried fruits clove phenols and a touch of ethanol. The flavor is a bit sweet with lots of darker sugars and a prune-y fruitiness. Light earth, yeasty esters, and a touch of alcohol round out the flavor well. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy thick velvety smooth mouthfeel. Great frigging brew right here! Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is extremely flavorful. Great job Dave.