scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Churchkey. Black, tan creamy head. Roasted citric fruitiness rides soft undercurrents of toasty molasses. Well balanced flavors as soft roasty cocoa notes round with a dark malt and fruit foundation. Backend hop addition rounds this out with just a touch of citric zest bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Just ok for me...
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Big hops, citrus, and earthy pine aromas. Chewey. Roast, coffee, char, grapefruit rind, and a little raisin. Finishes with a slowly developing, but brutal, bitterness with some nice tannins. Quite tasty.
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely a melding of styles. Pours a translucent, black with a thin tan head. Looks like a schwarzbier. Aroma smells like a mild porter. Sweet, toasty, coffee, etc. Flavor is completely different: hops citrus, pine. Finish is sweet, a little watery. Weird.
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy deep copper color with a wafer thin light tan head and a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of Chivas Regal, hints of scotch and oak. Flavor begins with almond and hints of chocolate, a slight edge of hoppy bitterness, and then finishes much more on the sour side. Interesting and complex.
bierkoning (10208) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Chocolate, blackcurrant and raisin in the aroma. Malty flavor with dark chocolate, twigs, raisin, figs and blackcurrant. Roastbitter aftertaste with tannines and dreid fruit. Good!
caesar (5123) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark color, short head. Aroma of some chocolat, roasted malt, coffee, some hop. Bit bitter taste, roasted malt. Ok.
leaparsons (8089) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, Nottingham Fest 09. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are chocolate and raisins with roast mats and berries. Molasses with yeast and lots of spices. Flavours are lots of dark chocolate with bitter coffee and pine. More grapefruit than expected with some floral notes. Spices and warming alcohol on the finish. Great.
skortila (4512) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Aroma has chocolate, roast and fruitiness. Black coloured beer with a thin, beige head. The taste has roast, tobacco, some fruits. Medium bodied. Nice stuff.
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Half pints at Bodega, Newcastle and bottle later in York. Pours dark brown-black, thick and oily with a thin foamy tan head. Aroma is dark, oaty, coffee, roasted notes and alcohol. Flavour is very commanding, strong fresh coffee, oak, tobacco a sweet malty background. Finishes earthy and with a warming alcohol edge, not hugely bitter. Very enjoyable slow drinker.
berkshirejohn (4531) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 fl oz bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge - where they enthused about it. Batch #298 Pours an intense black colour - a slight chestnut glow appearing when held to a strong light., and a light tan head. The aroma is quite literally stunning - full-on petrol to start, like a forecourt on a hot afternoon, but then revealing tar, smoke, pine resins and bitter chocolate; incredibly hoppy taste - dry, grassy, spicy, mollases, with a thick, oily, texture - this is what I’d expect a mouth full of real hops to taste like. The alcohol tickles and warms the throat, and begs me to take another sip. A stunning beer. Will probably improve with age - if anybody can wait!