jhgrantjr (416) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Boscos in Memphis. Pours a deep brown color instead of darker color. Looks almost like their brown ale. Small head. There is a roasted coffee/malt smell. Taste is similar. Not a lot going in with this one. Bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
decaturstevo (4624) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown red pur with watery off white head. Roast malt and coffee aroma. Sweet roasted malt medium coffee and a hinto medium malt bitter. Some earthy hops as well as a hinto sour. Medium body with good carbonation.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: This one’s a very dark brown, not quite black by a longshot body. Light, bubbly, beige head.
Smell: Charred-up roasted malts encased in a hollow chocolate shell, toasted nuts with American hops notes of mint and citrus.
Taste: Nutty toastiness with heavy roastiness akin to black patent malt. Mild, middling chocolate. Faintly dark fruity tucked underneath the grapefruit hoppiness edged by a little sprig of mint. Moderate bitterness. The chocolate tries to come forward, but the heavy roast holds it back. Burnt, chocolate-hinted finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: So-so, at best.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Memphis brewpub. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is light roasted malt, chocolate, and some light caramel. Flavor is roasty with some chocolate malt and a little caramel. Very light on palate and easy to drink.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black-brown, off white foam. Aroma is chocolate, berries, roasty. Taste is cocoa, roast, berries, sweet.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
GABF. Dark pour. Aromas were dificult to decern. Some chcolate on the flavor, not much bitterness. Just Okay
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fine mix of malts and hops that went quite well with my ribeye. Little aftertaste but very flavorful.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Nashville brewpub. A chewy porter of a stout. What is the antonymn of "imperial"? Plebian? Democratic? Xenophobic? Colonial? Whatever it is, this is it: not creamy, not full bodied, not an expansionist threat to its neighbors. That being said, it’s very incredibly tasty. It reminds me of the porter up the street at Blackstone, but with the nuttiness replaced by chocolate and coffee notes. Musty coffee on a light nose; cold hard sweetness followed by a lightly bitter but very dry non-sweet mocha finish that lingers quite a while. The lack of head belies the lack of body and creaminess, but no matter. Not nearly as hoppy as the American style stouts to which it wants to pay homage, but I don’t expect hops from Boscos. When the best thing you can say about a beer is that it’s tasty, that’s not bad at all.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Nashville. Pours a deep brown with creamy brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and cascade hops. Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. Initial flavor of dark chocolate, hazlenut, caramel, and very tame amount of dark roast. Finish is hoppy with a slight fruit tanginess. Interesting and enjoyable, but leans close to a hopped-up brown porter.